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NAL at 12 teams, tentatively; no schedule yet

North American LeagueThe new independent North American League — made up of former Golden Baseball League, Northern League and United Baseball League teams — now sits at 12 teams, as franchises looking toward the 2011 season are still waiting on a schedule.

The current lineup, we’re told, consists of a Midwest Division (Lake County Fielders, Rockford RiverHawks, Schaumburg Flyers), a Texas Division (Edinburg RoadRunners, Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, San Angelo Colts) and a California Division (Calgary Vipers, Edmonton Capitals, Na Koa Ikaika Maui, Orange County Flyers, Yuma Scorpions and an unnamed Las Vegas team). We’re not entirely sure this is a final lineup, but this is where things stand right now.

Some of the teams have been active on the player and coaching front; today Na Koa Ikaika Maui announced the hiring of Garry Templeton as manager for the 2011 season, and Rockford has announced several player signings.

Not having a full schedule out doesn’t necessarily mean anything: because of all the upheavals in indy ball this offseason the American Association still has to release a full slate, as does the Can-Am League.

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