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Diamond League dead for 2014

Remember that new independent baseball league that Atlantic League CEO Frank Boulton was planning?

Yeah, it kind of slipped my mind too.

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.

Carl Barbati of the New Jersey Herald reported that Boulton’s announcement means baseball will not return to Skylands Park next year.

Dave Nordman of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette wrote that the news hurt the chances of professional baseball coming back to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on the Holy Cross campus next year, but mentioned the Can-Am League had some interest.

The former home of the Atlantic City Surf hosted baseball games last month, but the players were all 13-15 years old, competing in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.  And John O’Kane of the Press of Atlantic City reported that the ballpark no longer has lights.

Anybody care to guess what will happen with the Can-Am League’s plans for expansion, which are due to be announced in another month?

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New independent baseball league announced

BaseballOfficials announced the formation of the new Diamond League of Professional Baseball yesterday, the Atlantic League “feeder league” that has been rumored since last year.

Atlantic League CEO Frank Boulton is also the new league’s CEO and Long Island Ducks President and General Manager Michael Pfaff is its executive director.

The Diamond League plans to field six teams and play a 60-game schedule next year, with host cities selected by August 15th.

Players must be between 21 and 26 years old and may not have five or more years of professional experience to be eligible to play in the Diamond League, according to the announced roster rules.

What are your thoughts on this new independent league? Which cities would you like to see receive teams?

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Press of Atlantic City writes about baseball’s possible return to the city in 2013

Here’s an article that might interest a few of you that enjoy speculating about what the future might hold for the Can-Am League.

New York Mets coach Tom Goodwin played for the Atlantic City Surf in 2005 when he signed this photo

According to an article by Jason Mazda published by the Press of Atlantic City yesterday, it could have a new competitor as early as next season.

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?

 

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Atlantic League To Expand To Nassau County

Photo credit: Paul Hadsall

Frank Boulton and the Atlantic League have been awarded the rights to operate a professional baseball team as part of the new Nassau County Coliseum development, according to a press release put out by the league yesterday.

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.

What do you think?