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.
Mario Perrucci, a longtime executive with the now-defunct Atlantic City Surf, is working with Frank Boulton – president of the Atlantic League of Professional Base-ball, in which the Surf played – to bring another independent minor-league team to town….
“We’re looking at creating a sort of Atlantic League Professional Baseball 2,” said Boulton, who also owned the Surf from its inception in 1998 until 2006. “That would be some smaller venues that Atlantic City might fit into. It’s a new project that I’m taking a look at, that I’m visiting cities and talking to people about.”
So, what do you think? Can the northeast support more independent league baseball? What might a new league mean for the Can-Am League and the Atlantic League?
Of course, Nassau County voters have to sign off on a $400 million referendum for the project. The baseball stadium would cost $50 million, according to a Long Island Press story. If all goes according to plan, the new team could begin play in 2013.
The Mets had also submitted a plan to put an affiliated minor league team on Long Island, but I think that setting up an “Expressway Series” style rivalry with the Long Island Ducks is a better move for the Atlantic League and for professional baseball in the region.