Minor players I find the independent baseball leagues a fascinating collecting niche.

As described in Minor Players, Major Dreams, Brett Mandel's excellent book on the subject, the unaffiliated, independent league teams represent a first-stop hope and a last ditch effort for players not good enough to be drafted, too old or too frequently injured to stick in the affiliated minor leagues, or just too stubborn to give up on their dreams of making "The Show."

The teams play in The Golden Baseball League, The Can-Am League, The American Association, The Atlantic League, The Frontier League, and The Northern League.

Independent League towns are generally small, the crowds sometimes smaller. The collectibles are humble, and sometimes scarce. And, occasionally, the leagues make news for moves clearly designed to be publicity stunts (like trading a player for a bag of bats!). But the baseball is, generally, pure and the players are, mostly, accessible. And that counts for a lot.

Below is a by-no-means-comprehensive list of Jews who appear on independent teams' rosters, sorted by league and by team, as of April 17.


Golden Baseball League

Calgary Vipers: Jonny Kaplan

Long Beach Armada: Jonny Kaplan (clearly there's some roster moves or confusion on rosters here!), Justin Segal

Tucson Toros: Mark Rosen (?) – inactive

Jonny kaplan


The Can Am League

Brockton Rox: Derek Kinzler

Sussex Skyhawks: Daniel Berlind, Carl Loadenthal, Zach Smithlin

Derek kinzler  Dan berlind  Carl loadenthal  Zach smithlin


Atlantic League

Bridgeport Bluefish: Adam Greenberg, Steve Moss

Adam greenberg 2


Frontier League

Evansville Otters: Brandon Cohen

Oakland County Cruisers: Lee Rubin

Washington Wild Things: Adam Amar

Adam amar  Brandon cohen


Northern League

Gary Southshore Railcats: Adam Klein

Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks: Zach Penprase

Zach penprase


American Association



So, who am I missing? Are there any other independent league teams out there, other than the "big six"?