Mailing and Street Address:
1415 Hwy 54 West
Durham, NC 27707
Telephone: (919) 401-8150
Fax: (919) 401-8152
Year Founded: 2004
Opening Date: May 17, 2018
Closing Date: September 3, 2018
Regular Season: 102 games
New Jersey, Ottawa, Québec, Rockland, Sussex County, Trois Rivieres
Playoff Format:Four teams with best winning percentage quailify for postseason. Top seed plays #4 and #2 plays #3 in a best of 5 series. Winners meet in a best of 5 Championship series.
Roster Limit: 22
Player Eligibility Rule: Minimum of five
first-year players; maximum of four veterans (at least six or more
years of professional service).
Brand of Baseball: Rawlings
Statistician: Pointstreak.com, 50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 400, Thornhill, ON, Canada. L3T 7X8
Wolff, the Can-Am League commissioner, founded the first
modern independent league when six cities in the Upper Midwest
and Canada began play in the Northern League in 1993. Under
his leadership the Northern League grew to 18 teams by 2002. He is currently also commissioner of the American Association, a 13-team independent league located in the midwest United States. Wolff served as the commissioner
of the Northeast League from 2003-2004, and commissioner of
the Central League from 2002-2005.
Wolff was recently selected as the 79th most important person
in baseball history by John Thorn and Alan Schwarz in the
eighth edition of Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball
Encyclopedia. Total Baseball was launched in 1989 and is
the most compelling and exhaustive reference series ever devoted
to America's pastime. Aside from Thorn and Schwarz, Phil Birnbaum,
Bill Deane, Rob Neyer, Donald Dewey, Nicholas Acocella, and
Peter Wayner all contributed to the most current edition.
He was selected as the one of the best owners in
sports by ESPN 25, a history of the network. Written by Charles
Hirshberg, the publication celebrates ESPN's silver anniversary
and includes lists of best sports quotes, trades, draft-picks,
nicknames, uniforms and much more. In addition to Wolff's
#8 ranking , the Top Ten Best Owners List includes four Major
League Baseball owners, three National Football League owners
and two National Basketball Association owners.
Wolff entered baseball in 1971. His first job was general
manager of the Atlanta Braves Double-A team in Savannah, Ga.,
where he was named The Sporting News Class AA Executive
of the Year. Later he was general manager for teams in Anderson,
S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. He has also served as the play-by-play
announcer for the Triple-A Richmond (Va.) Braves for one year.
In 1980, Wolff turned his attention to ownership. He purchased
a Carolina League franchise and re-started the Durham (N.C.)
Bulls. The team enjoyed tremendous local success initially.
Ten years and one Hollywood film later, the Bulls became a
Wolff has owned other professional baseball teams in Butte, MT, Asheville, NC, Utica, NY, Quebec City, QC and Pulaski, VA. He currently operates the Kansas City Royals Appalachian League affiliate in Burlington, NC. He
also once owned the Raleigh (N.C) IceCaps hockey team. For
18 years he was president and publisher of Baseball America,
the trade publication of professional baseball.
Wolff has written two books, Season
of the Owl (1980), a novel about minor league baseball,
at the 5 & 10 (1970), an account of the 1960 Greensboro
sit-ins by black students at the Woolworth's eatery. He is
also the co-editor of the Encyclopedia
of Minor League Baseball (1997).
Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree
in liberal arts, Wolff earned a master's degree in southern
history at the University of Virginia. He served active duty
as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy from 1967-70 on the USS
Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) and USS Puget Sound (AD-38).
Kevin Winn is the Director of Umpires in the Can-Am League. He serves in the same capacity for the American Association. Winn began his professional umpiring career in the Big South League for two years. His Division I collegiate experience includes working Mid-Continent Conference regular season games. He has also worked in the Dutch Major League in 2002-2003 and was selected to work playoff games for Division II and Junior College World Series. He served as the supervisor of umpires for the Central League from 2001-2005.
Winn attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1985 and is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.