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January 3, 2008 January 3, 2008

Posted 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


1. Voltaire - January 3, 2008

If the new divisions aren’t geographic, then it doesn’t make sense to give them geographic names. But “Liberty” and “Freedom”? Puh-LEEZ.

2. Fausto Gabon - January 3, 2008

I guess Norris Division was taken?

3. www.BrickCityBruins.com - January 4, 2008

Goofy move. So when we have the All-Star Game, it’ll be the Liberty vs. Freedom? What the …? It’s going to be hard to get a grip on this one. What’s really wrong with the geographical arrangement? In the north we had L.I. vs. Bridgeport and Newark vs. Somerset. Those rivalries would still be intact. And in the South you’d have the York vs. Lancaster rivalry intact. Camden would develop a rivalry with Southern Maryland, no? What’s wrong with that? I’m confused.

4. southernalfan - January 4, 2008

Wasn’t there concern that the divisions would look foolish if they same person owned all four teams in the same division? They couldn’t have Lancaster, York, SoMd, and Camden becaues of Peter Kirk. This way, they’ve split up Peter’s teams.

The AL’s re-designed site doesn’t look all that new to me. The key thing I care about is up to date and accurate information.

Also, it seems that BASA is still running the umpiring… and I hope it is improved this year.

Lastly, does the League not owe the fans a comment or two about the use of performance enhancing drugs and testing?

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