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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

MLB makes independent Atlantic League its first ‘partner league’

Major League Baseball is making the independent Atlantic League its first “partner league,” a distinction awarded as the expiration nears for MLB’s agreement with the affiliated National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

On Wednesday, MLB said it will meet regularly with the Atlantic League to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities. The sides extended their agreement through 2023 to stage experiments in the Atlantic League, which tested an automated ball-strike system to call pitches in 2019 and has used other innovations such as limits on defensive shifts and mound visits, larger bases and shorter breaks between half-innings.

“The Atlantic League clubs and players have been great partners to us as we jointly test ways to make our game even more interesting and engaging to fans,” Morgan Sword, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball economics and operations, said in a statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2020 at 05:46 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Brandon Bellamy Set To Become Only Black Majority Owner In Professional Baseball

The Atlantic League has unanimously approved Brandon Bellamy, Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Companies LLC, as the majority owner of the league’s new expansion club in Gastonia, N.C., which is set to begin play next spring.

On its own, that is significant. Finding an owner for an expansion minor league club in the midst of the current pandemic would be notable in itself. It’s been a brutal year for professional baseball teams around the country, as everyone has had to deal with a lost season and the lost revenues that go with it.

And with affiliated baseball facing the potential for contraction (MLB wants to cut from the current 160 ticket-buying minor league teams to 120), the effects of that will filter down to independent leagues like the Atlantic League as well.

But that’s not what is most notable about Bellamy’s ownership in Gastonia. Bellamy, a real estate developer who will also be developing projects around the Gastonia ballpark, is the only Black majority owner in professional baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, diversity in baseball



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