Frank Boulton’s new independent-baseball project will be announced this month, with cities like Worcester on tap to host teams in the development-oriented circuit.
It’s no secret Boulton, founder of the Atlantic League and the Long Island Ducks, has been working on putting together a league that would potentially play in former pro venues in Worcester, Atlantic City and Sussex County (N.J.); it’s also been rumored the Can-Am League could be part of the deal. In Worcester, there’s already some early excitement on two levels: the return of pro baseball to Fitton Field, and the possibility the team will be owned and operated by the AHL’s Worcester Sharks. From the Worcester Telegram:
“All I can tell you at this point,” Boulton said via telephone, “is we have an exciting baseball project that will be announced in June, and certainly we’ve had conversations with the town fathers and many of the folks up in Worcester. We recognize that there’s an opportunity in Worcester for professional baseball for next year. It’s definitely a next-year project, 2014.”
Boulton said he plans to announce in mid-June the details of a new developmental league that he’s creating and that he would like Worcester to be a part of that league. Boulton emphasized that the new league will not be associated with the Atlantic League.
Lehr said Thursday that he has talked with Boulton about being involved in a baseball franchise in Worcester, but hadn’t spoken to him for the last month while the San Jose Sharks played in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Lehr is executive vice president of business development for Sharks Sports & Entertainment in San Jose.
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