Friday, September 30, 2005

Saints Circus Leaves NL For New Big Top

"If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus."
- American Proverb

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - With the Northern League baseball season officially over things continue to heat up. The 2006 season will have a different shape to it after the Northern League announced on Thursday the Saint Paul Saints, Lincoln Salt Dogs and Sioux Falls Canaries have, "voluntarily terminated" their memberships in the Northern League.

Based on a posted story on the Saints web page Thursday, an article by the Star Tribune and another article appearing in the sports section of the St. Paul Pioneer Press this morning, the Saints, Canaries and Salt Dogs intend to become part of a new league. They will be joined by other independent league teams from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

The Northern League consisted of 10 teams in 2004 and 12 teams during the 2005 season after two new teams; the Calgary Vipers and Edmonton CrackerCats joined. As of the voluntarily termination Thursday the league has been reduced to 9 teams for the 2006 season. It appears that a new independent league will be born for the 2006 baseball season. I'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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