January 3, 2008 January 3, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: One of them is the name for a new division in the Atlantic League. Perhaps the other two will be saved for when the league eventually expands.
The league announced today that the North and South division setup has been scratched, and that the teams have been realigned into the “Liberty”and “Freedom” divisions.
In the Liberty Division will be Long Island, Bridgeport, Southern Maryland and Camden.
In the Freedom Division will be York, Lancaster, Somerset and Newark.
“The key is keeping the rivalries intact,” said AL Executive Director Joe Klein in a press release. “And we have done that.”
I actually think this makes the idea of divisions in an eight team league even more irrelevant. With an even schedule (i.e. each team plays each other an equal amount of times) divisions don’t really serve much of a purpose in such a relatively small league. I think that’s what would truly allow the rivalries to flourish, if that’s what the league is trying to accomplish.
At least when it was based on geographic location, it seemed to have more relevance. However, I guess I have to give the league credit for trying to change things up a bit.
I’d be curious to see what others think about this, because I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority in my opinion. Post your thoughts in the comments. – Mike Ashmore