A 12-team American Association could present a problem for the Can-Am League
We’re still waiting for the official release of the 2014 Can-Am League schedule, but there’s reason to believe that it will have a different look.
For the past two seasons, the Can-Am League and the American Association have played a number of interleague games because both had an odd number of teams.
With the El Paso Chihuahuas, a Pacific Coast League team affiliated with the San Diego Padres, replacing the El Paso Diablos, the American Association currently has a dozen teams listed on its website. The Diablos are considering a move to Joplin, Mo., but they are hoping taxpayers will fund $5.9 million in stadium upgrades needed to make the move possible. A decision could come at the Dec. 9 city council meeting
If the American Association plays with 12 teams in 2014, it would force the Can-Am League to find a way to operate with an even number. They could add a league-operated road team, as they’ve done in the past. Of course, if they are able to add a sixth team or if they lose one of the current ones, it won’t be an issue.