PA/NJ/MD Baseball

Getting Ready for Expansion
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11/20/01

It's never too early to start looking for new owners for our expansion which is scheduled for the 1961 season (Spring 2004) and the 1962 season (Fall 2004).

We are looking for two owners in the Harrisburg/York area and two owners in South Jersey to join the league. If you are interested, please contact Commissioner Rich Sarkisian


EXPANSION OUTLINE FOR 1961/1962 SEASONS:
Real baseball added 2 teams in 1961 and 2 teams in 1962. With our present geographic situation, it would be most advantageous to do the same. Expanding to 2 teams is not enough and would make for clumsy 7_team divisions. Also interleague play would be more difficult. Expanding to 3 teams would also be clumsy in trying to make new division set_ups. Our best tact is to expand 2 teams for 1961 and 2 more teams in 1962.

PROPOSAL
1961 2 teams, one in NJ and one in PA/MD. We will go to 2 7-team divisions for this season. 48 games in division and 14 out of division. Same playoff system will be followed.
1962 2 more teams, one in NJ and one in PA/MD. We will go to 4 4-team divisions. Presently the divisions would be something like this:
DIV A B C D
JOEL JOHN DAVEJOE
GEORGEBRETT BILL TONY
ZAKMIKE RICH CHUCK
EXPANSIONEXPANSION EXPANSION EXPANSION

Teams will play 10 games against division mates, 5 games versus other division in same conference, and 3 games versus alternating divisions in other conference. Game totals= 30 in division, 20 in conference, 12 out of conference for a total of 62 games. Interleague play will be easier to schedule since only 8 teams at a time will be scheduled. We will still get to play everyone in a 2_season cycle. The playoffs will only include the 4 division winners.