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Atlantic League

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Founded 1998
No. of teams 8
Country Flag of United States United States
Current champions Long Island Ducks
Official website

The current Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, based in Camden, New Jersey, is a professional, independent baseball organization located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, especially the greater metropolitan areas of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 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 4,500 to 7,500 seat ballpark and for the facility to be maintained at or to exceed AAA standards.

There have been three Atlantic Leagues in baseball history.


[edit] Minor League 1896-1900

The first Atlantic League lasted from 1896-1900 and was the successor of the Pennsylvania State League 1892-1895.

[edit] Cities Represented

In 1896 New Haven moved to Lancaster on July 3rd, while New York was expelled on July 13th and replaced by Philadelphia. In 1899 Paterson disbanded on July 4th, and Scranton followed on July 9th. In 1900 Philadelphia moved to Harrisburg, and Newark and Jersey City disbanded on June 2nd. The league disbanded on June 12th.

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[edit] Minor League, 1914

In 1914 there was a class D league known as the Atlantic League which lasted one year. The league had been known as the New York-New Jersey League a season earlier. The title was won by the Poughkeepsie Honey Bugs. Internal politics and poor financial agreements hindered the league, which made it to the year's end, but folded before it could try another run in 1915.

[edit] Cities Represented

Bloomfield-Long Branch moved to Asbury Park July 2. Newark moved to Long Branch July 22.

[edit] Independent League, 1998-present

Since 1998, an independent league named the Atlantic League has been in operation. One of the strongest independent loops, it is based on the east coast (as its name implies) and has featured many ex-big leaguers like Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Ruben Sierra and Tim Raines Sr. The league has also been home to players who opted for the indies instead of signing right after being drafted - such as Scott Boras clients Stephen Drew and Jered Weaver. The league added one new team and lost one in 2007; the York Revolution of York, PA joined the circuit and the Atlantic City Surf moved to the Canadian-American Association. In 2008, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of Waldorf, MD began play as well.

In 2014, he league introduced a set of special rules in mid-season in order to speed up play. Those included issuing intentional walks automatically (i.e. without the need to throw four pitches outside the strike zone); reducing the number of warm-up pitches allowed; designating courtesy runners for catchers to allow them to put on their equipment in preparation for the next half-inning; and reducing the number of mound visits allowed. Umpires were also instructed to do a better job of moving the game along. The rule about pinch-running for catchers was quickly dropped, as it was found to be potentially counter-productive

[edit] Current Teams

2014 Atlantic League Teams
Freedom Division Liberty Division
Team City Manager Team City Manager
Lancaster Barnstormers Lancaster, PA Butch Hobson Bridgeport Bluefish Bridgeport, CT Willie Upshaw
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Waldorf, MD Lance Burkhart Camden Riversharks Camden, NJ Ron Karkovice
Sugar Land Skeeters Sugar Land, TX Gary Gaetti Long Island Ducks Central Islip, NY Kevin Baez
York Revolution York, PA Mark Mason Somerset Patriots Bridgewater, NJ Brett Jodie

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] League Champions

[edit] External Link

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