Atlantic League of Professional Baseball

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For the previous incarnations of the Atlantic League, which operated between 1896 and 1900 and in 1914, see Atlantic League (1896–1900) and Atlantic League (1914).
Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Atlantic League logo.svg
Sport Baseball
Founded 1998
No. of teams 8
Country United States
Most recent champion(s) Lancaster Barnstormers (2nd Title)
Most titles Somerset Patriots (5)
Official website atlanticleague.com

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball is a professional, independent baseball organization located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, especially the greater metropolitan areas of the Northeast megalopolis. It operates in cities not served by Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either. The Atlantic League requires cities to have the market for a 4,000 to 7,500-seat ballpark and for the facility to be maintained at or above AAA standards.[1] When Atlantic League professionals are signed by MLB clubs, they usually start in their Double-A or Triple-A affiliates.[2]

History[edit]

In 1998, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball played its inaugural season, with teams in Somerset, Newark, and Atlantic City (NJ), Nashua (NH), Newburgh (NY), and Bridgeport (CT). The creation of the league was the result of the New York Mets' objection to Frank Boulton's proposal to move the former Albany-Colonie Yankees because of its territorial rights to the region. Boulton, a Long Island native, decided to create a new league that would have a higher salary cap for its players and a longer season than most of the other independent baseball organizations. He modeled the Atlantic League after the older Pacific Coast League, with facilities that exceed AAA-level standards. Boulton also emphasized signing players of Major League Baseball experience for all Atlantic League teams, raising the level of play above other independent leagues.

The Long Island Ducks, founded in 2000, continue to be a strong draw in the region, averaging 400,000 fans a season, and have seen the likes of such Major League alumni as Edgardo Alfonzo, Pedro Borbón, Jr., José Offerman, Donovan Osborne, Bill Pulsipher, Armando Ríos, John Rocker, and Mark Whiten. In 2007, Frank Boulton expressed his contentment with the Atlantic League and the Ducks to Baseball America saying, "The Long Island Ducks are the best thing I've ever done in baseball."[3]

Current franchises[edit]

League timeline[edit]

Virginia Beach Neptunes Sugar Land Skeeters Southern Maryland Blue Crabs York Revolution Lancaster Barnstormers Camden Riversharks Long Island Ducks Aberdeen Arsenal Somerset Patriots Pennsylvania Road Warriors Newburgh Black Diamonds Newark Bears American Defenders of New Hampshire Bridgeport Bluefish Atlantic City Surf

League members Other Current League

Former teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Years History
Aberdeen Arsenal Bel Air, Maryland Thomas Run Park 1,000 1999–2001 Replaced by the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles Class-A affiliate)
Atlantic City Surf Atlantic City, New Jersey The Sandcastle 5,500 1998–2006 Moved to Can-Am League, folded in 2009
Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds Quakertown, Pennsylvania Memorial Park 800 1999–2002 Formerly the Newburgh Black Diamonds (1998–1999). Became the first Pennsylvania Road Warriors
Nashua Pride Nashua, New Hampshire Holman Stadium 4,375 1998–2005 Moved to Can-Am League, later relocated to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, folded in 2012
Newark Bears Newark, New Jersey Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium 6,200 1998–2010 Moved to Can-Am League, folded in 2014
Newburgh Black Diamonds Newburgh, New York Delano-Hitch Stadium 3,100 1998–1999 Became the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds (1999–2002), which became the first Pennsylvania Road Warriors (2002–2004)
Pennsylvania Road Warriors Pennsylvania     2002–2004 Formerly the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds (1999–2002), which had been the Newburgh Black Diamonds (1998–1999). Dissolved by league to make way for the Lancaster Barnstormers
Road Warriors       2006–2007, 2011 Dissolved by league to make way for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, reformed in 2011 after the loss of Newark Bears, dissolved again to make way for the Sugar Land Skeeters
Atlantic League team map

Atlantic League Championship Series[edit]

Year Winner Division Games Loser Division Games
1998 Atlantic City Surf South 3 Bridgeport Bluefish North 1
1999 Bridgeport Bluefish North 3 Somerset Patriots North 0
2000 Nashua Pride North 3 Somerset Patriots South 0
2001 Somerset Patriots South 3 Newark Bears North 2
2002 Newark Bears South 3 Bridgeport Bluefish North 0
2003 Somerset Patriots South 3 Nashua Pride North 2
2004 Long Island Ducks North 3 Camden Riversharks South 0
2005 Somerset Patriots South 3 Nashua Pride North 0
2006 Lancaster Barnstormers South 3 Bridgeport Bluefish North 0
2007 Newark Bears North 3 Somerset Patriots South 1
2008 Somerset Patriots Freedom 3 Camden Riversharks Liberty 1
2009 Somerset Patriots Freedom 3 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Liberty 1
2010 York Revolution Freedom 3 Bridgeport Bluefish Liberty 0
2011 York Revolution Freedom 3 Long Island Ducks Liberty 1
2012 Long Island Ducks Liberty 3 Lancaster Barnstormers Freedom 2
2013 Long Island Ducks Liberty 3 Somerset Patriots Freedom 2
2014 Lancaster Barnstormers Freedom 1 Sugar Land Skeeters Freedom 0

All-star games[edit]

Year Location Stadium Winner Score
1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey The Sandcastle Atlantic City 6–4
1999 Bridgeport, Connecticut The Ballpark at Harbor Yard South 8–3
2000 Bridgewater, New Jersey Commerce Bank Ballpark North 2–0
2001 Newark, New Jersey Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium North 10–0
2002 Central Islip, New York Citibank Park South 4–1
2003 Nashua, New Hampshire Holman Stadium South 2–1
2004 Camden, New Jersey Campbell's Field North 10–8
2005 Atlantic City, New Jersey The Sandcastle North 9–6
2006 Bridgeport, Connecticut The Ballpark at Harbor Yard North 4–1
2007 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Clipper Magazine Stadium North 8–6
2008 Bridgewater, New Jersey Commerce Bank Ballpark Freedom 8–6
2009 Newark, New Jersey Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium Liberty 7–5
2010 Central Islip, New York Suffolk County Sports Park Liberty 7–1
2011 York, Pennsylvania Sovereign Bank Stadium Freedom 7–0
2012 Camden, New Jersey Campbell's Field Freedom 9–5
2013 Waldorf, Maryland Regency Furniture Stadium Freedom 2–1
2014 Sugar Land, Texas Constellation Field Sugar Land 5–3

League records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlantic League Market Requirements". Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Archived from the original on 2 May 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2006. 
  2. ^ Walk, John (18 May 2012). Ian Thomas earns first affiliated contract. Published by The York Dispatch.
  3. ^ Baseball America's 2007 Independent organization of the year

External links[edit]

Team websites[edit]