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Can-Am League to go with eight teams in ’11

Can-Am AssociationIn a gutsy move, the independent Cam-Am League is going with eight teams for the 2011 season, including a Ramapo team that may or may not have a completed ballpark in time for the season and a new travel team.

Joining the existing Quebec Capitales, Worcester Tornadoes, Brockton Rox, New Jersey Jackals and Pittsfield Colonials in the eight-team circuit are the Newark Bears (who played last season in the independent Atlantic League) and the Rockland Boulders, slated to play in Ramapo, N.Y. Construction of the ballpark has begun, and while there have been threats of lawsuits from the Preserve Ramapo group, nothing has actually been filed.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the Rockland Boulders to our league,” said Can-Am League Commissioner Miles Wolff. “It should be a great market for us. They have experienced management, and with a gorgeous new stadium underway, we expect them to be one of the premier clubs in independent baseball. With the addition of the Newark Bears earlier this fall, we have added two great ballparks and markets.”

Rounding out the league: the New York Federals, a travel team made up of players from the developmental New York State League.

Dropping out: the Sussex SkyHawks, as efforts by owner Floyd Hall to sell the team to a group that could come to an agreement for a Skylands Park lease came short.

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