|Diamond League logo from their website|
The new league will allow 21-26 year old players the chance to continue their careers after college, as well as be a "feeder" league for the Atlantic League team.
Here's a description of the league from the league's website.
"The Diamond League exists to create a platform for the developing professional baseball player. The Rule 4 draft or otherwise known as the “amateur draft” has shrunk from unlimited, to fifty rounds to its current forty rounds. (Mike Piazza was drafted in the 62nd round and Keith Hernandez was drafted in the 42nd round of the Rule 4 draft.) Many college players, first, second and third year professional players are finding themselves undrafted or released with few options to further their baseball careers. The Diamond League of Professional Baseball will focus on the development of these extraordinary athletes."
"Rosters will be comprised of a minimum of 22 players and maximum of 24 players. Players must be 21 years of age and no player may be 26 prior to January 1 of the current season. No player with five or more years of professional service will be eligible to play in the Diamond League of Professional Baseball."
While no cities have been announced for the league, there is speculation that Worcester and Atlantic City will be in the mix, along with another another team in New Jersey.
I love the idea of this league! Frank Boulton founded the Atlantic League and built it into the best independent baseball league in the country. Hopefully, the Diamond League can turn into the second best independent league in the country.