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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?