Here are a few items I had saved to share, but hadn’t gotten around to yet.
Skylands Park sold again
Skylands Park, once home to the New York-Penn League New Jersey Cardinals and later the Can-Am League Sussex Skyhawks, but mostly vacant since 2010, has changed hands again.
The Star-Ledger reported last week that a group including the organizer of State Fair Meadowlands paid $850,000 for the ballpark, 28 acres of land and a liquor license. Sussex Community College’s baseball team is likely to be the only one to call the park home in 2014, but Frank Boulton’s proposed Diamond League remains a possibility for 2015, according to the article.
Trenton Thunder changing section numbering
I’m still getting used to calling it Arm & Hammer Park, and now the Trenton Thunder are going to make me get used to new section numbering, too.
The ballpark originally identified its field level section by a number from 1-22, and the sections above the walkway were identified by a letter from A-R. Next year, all the sections of the park will be numbered. Following the popular convention, field level seats will be in sections 101-122; upper level seats will be in sections 201-216 and the luxury suites will be numbered from 1-15.
Veterans Ticket Foundation
A friend made me aware of the Veteran’s Ticket Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that allows people to donate event tickets and gift certificates that would otherwise go unused so that military veterans and their families benefit. It’s a good cause for those of you looking for something to do with tickets to games you can’t or don’t want to go to.
Last week, Boulton issued a statement announcing that the Diamond League of Professional Baseball would not begin play in 2014.
I was unable to be completely satisfied that there were six available facilities that measured up to our professional playing standards. We do, however, believe in the economic model and the need based in the game of baseball for a circuit like the Diamond League to exist. We will work towards an 8-team 84-game schedule to start play in 2015.
The Can-Am League put out a press release today announcing plans to expand for 2014 and beyond. Fans hoping to see baseball return to Atlantic City and Sussex County in New Jersey should be pleased to see those locations mentioned among the potential targets.
The text of the Can-Am League press release follows:
CAN-AM LEAGUE LOOKING TO EXPAND FOR 2014
Durham, N.C. – The Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball is expecting to expand for the 2014 season and beyond. League commissioner Miles Wolff has been actively talking to municipalities throughout the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada, and the league will be ready to announce new members by September. Potential markets include Atlantic City, N.J.; Worcester, Mass.; Sussex County, N.J.; Montreal, and Ottawa.
“We realize that other leagues have been talking to these cities,” said Wolff, “but we believe the Can-Am League, with a strong lineup of existing cities and a nearly 20-year history, is a more logical choice for municipalities than the start-ups that have been proposed. We have been in contact with municipal officials, and have ownership groups ready to go.”
In regards to Ottawa, Wolff commented, “City officials have sent the Can-Am League the RFO (Request for Offers), and have asked us to respond. We understand that the Eastern League is currently the City of Ottawa’s first choice, but we are ready to step in should the Eastern League proposal fall through.”
The league is also looking at two new markets, and could make an announcement within the next 30 days. Currently, the league includes the Newark Bears, New Jersey Jackals, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders, and Trois-RivieresAigles. For the past two seasons, the Can-Am League has played an interlocking schedule with the American Association, North America’s premier independent league. “We have been extremely pleased in the partnership with the American Association, but we are also looking to grow within the Can-Am’s boundaries.”