Officials 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?
The Newark Bears signed infielder Alex Bardeguez last week, according to the Can-Am League website’s transactions page.
Bardeguez is from Coram, N.Y. and he’ll celebrate his 27th birthday next month. Last season, he appeared in 30 games for the New York Federals, hitting .299 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 107 at-bats. He primarily played shortstop last season, but he has some experience at all four infield positions as well as in the outfield.
Bardeguez has also played for the Sioux Falls Canaries in the American Association, the Sonora Pilots in the Arizona Winter League, the Rockford RiverHawks in the Frontier League and the Sussex Skyhawks in the Can-Am League. He attended Villanova, where he majored in commerce and finance.
In other Newark Bears news, second baseman Danny Bomback was one of three Can-Am League players named to the Independent Prospect Tournament’s All-Tournament Team last week. The Can-Am League squad advanced to the championship game in the tournament, but lost to the North American League team 5-2.
Bomback played for the Pittsfield Colonials last season, but was acquired by Newark as a result of off-season dispersal drafts for players from the Pittsfield Colonials and Brockton Rox.