As a Senior Mens Baseball enthusiast, this news caught my eye. The Golden Baseball League, (GBL) of San Ramon, has joined with the Northern League, and the United League announced to create a new professional independent league that will be known as the North American League. According to GBL spokesman Stephen Bedford, “The NAL will be administered from the Golden Baseball League offices in San Ramon.”
Except for Major League Baseball, it will be the largest professional league in terms of number of teams and geographies and amongst the top minor leagues in terms of attendance.
League play level is considered AA to AAA, the alumni of the three founding leagues (Golden, Northern, United) have seen over 40 of their group reach the major leagues over the years and another 35 players had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2010. A division structure with teams playing a 92 -100 game schedule is planned for 2011.
Although these three leagues totaled 35% of the professional independent minor league baseball teams in North America in 2010, they were responsible for placing half of the players on the Baseball America Indy Top Prospects list and six of the fourteen players named to the all Independent Leagues First Team by Baseball America.
Now take two, and go to right.