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At Least One Wild Card Likely for Atlantic League Playoffs

August 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It is getting close to “wild card” time.  Some newspapers have been listing the major league wild card data in their standings for weeks now, but this subject also carries importance in the Atlantic League since it seems very real that Southern Maryland and York could capture both first and second half divisional titles.

The Blue Crabs had a two and one half-game lead in the Liberty Division after a daytime win Tuesday, and the Revolution were a mere half-game behind pacesetting Lancaster in the Freedom bracket.  It is key to remember that whenever a team wins both halves the wild card or possibly two such playoff teams will be those with the best full-season records, which means both teams could come from the same division. 

If Southern Maryland and York win both halves, this is what the wild card race looked like entering  Tuesday evening:

Team   W   L Pct.     GB
Bridgeport   50  44 .532      —-
Camden   48  46 .511      2.0
Long Island   47  47 .500      3.0
Lancaster   44  48 .478      5.0
Somerset   45  50 .474      5.5
Newark   31  64 .326    19.5

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Bridgeport Tops in Player Sales With 53

      With nearly 40 player contracts sold already this season out of the Atlantic League (including those to foreign leagues), we decided it would be interesting to see which teams have had the most success in this area since the league started.

      Given a major assist from the 2010 Somerset media guide, the all-time leader is Bridgeport with 53 sales, followed by Newark at 45, the Patriots and Long Island at 42 apiece and Camden 37.  For more recent league entries, Lancaster has sold 22, York 19 and Southern Maryland 13.  Nashua, NH was tops among former teams with 34 player sales.

Stavisky Trades Bat for St. Bonaventure Position

Atlantic League grad Brian Stavisky has exchanged his baseball glove for a suit and tie by being named earlier this week as Director of Compliance at St. Bonaventure University.  Stavisky retired earlier this summer, ending a nine-year professional career in which he hit .301 and topped out at Triple-A.  A Port Allegany, PA native, Stavisky played 29 games for Lancaster in 2008. 

       (Subscriptions to the Atlantic League Notebook are available on a monthly or full season basis via  www.AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com or www.WirzandAssociates.com.  Bob Wirz also writes a weekly subscription column, the Independent Baseball Insider, which can be found via his blog, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com. The author has 16 years of major league baseball PR experience with Kansas City and as chief spokesman for two Commissioners, and lives in Stratford, CT.)

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