104_camden-riversharks-primary-2001Shortly after 11:30 this morning, the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball publicly announced today that they are ceasing operations.

The franchise is expected to move to New Britain, CT to replace the Rock Cats. The Rock Cats, who are the AA team of the Colorado Rockies, left New Britain and are now the Hartford Yard Goats.

With the Riversharks out of business, the chance for an NY – Penn League team to relocate to Campbell’s field along the Camden Waterfront.

However, the MiLB relocation deadline for 2016 has long past, meaning no MiLB team is likely to play in Camden in 2016.

In a Brooklyn Baseball Banter article last month, the Auburn Doubledays, Batavia Muckdogs and Williamsport Crosscutters were mentioned as possible teams to relocate to Camden, provided the Phillies agree to it. The Phillies are the Major League Affiliate of the Cutters, but the Player Development Agreement ends after 2016.

A possible relocation might also require the NYPL to move the Aberdeen Ironbirds to the Pinckney Division. That would put Brooklyn, Staten Island, Hudson Valley and Camden all in the McNamara Division.

Campbell’s Field holds 6,400 fans, an ideal size for the NYPL. Like MCU Park and RCB Park, it is less than 10 minutes away from Public Transit. The area is served by NJ Transit’s Riverline and the PATCO Speedline. Dutchess Stadium is also a short cab ride from Beacon Station, which would make it possible for Cyclones fans to see all divisional games, even if they do not drive.


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About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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