New for 2014: Division Alignment
The Atlantic League has adjusted its divisional alignment for 2014. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will go from the Liberty to the Freedom Division, joining York, Lancaster and Sugar Land. The Somerset Patriots will go from the Freedom to the Liberty Division, joining Camden, Bridgeport and Long Island. Here is the official press release from the league:
ATLANTIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES DIVISION ALIGNMENTS FOR 2014 SEASON
Adjustments made in preparation for League expansion in 2015
Lancaster, Pa. – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced the alignments of its Liberty and Freedom Divisions for the 2014 season. The Somerset Patriots will join the Long Island Ducks, Camden Riversharks and Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division; the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will join the Sugar Land Skeeters, Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution in the Freedom Division.
“This division alignment prepares the Atlantic League for the creation of the Western Division as teams are added in Texas, and other markets, over the next few years,” said Atlantic League President, Peter Kirk. “It will also create a well-balanced travel schedule and continue to enhance fun, local rivalries amongst the four Liberty Division teams which are within close proximity of one another.”
The Atlantic League continues to be the only professional baseball league in an active expansion mode. Over the next few years the League plans to expand from eight to twelve teams, which will join the existing teams in the major metropolitan markets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Houston.
About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs is the highest level of professional baseball, other than the Major Leagues. Atlantic League players are experienced professionals, having progressed through the development levels (Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A) and are all “Major League Ready, ” with approximately 40% of Atlantic League players having Major League service time. Since the League’s inception in 1998, nearly 30 million fans have attended an Atlantic League game in one of the League’s state of the art ballparks.