PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. (ALPB) today announced following its annual All-Star Game Board of Directors meeting that a search committee consisting of members of the Board of Directors has been formed to seek a new League President.
The League is seeking an experienced individual to directly supervise all business affairs of the League including the Leagues national expansion plans and to serve as the Leagues principal spokesperson. The new Atlantic League President will not be associated with any club ownership.
In related actions, Atlantic League Founder and CEO, Frank Boulton, will retire the CEO position at the end of the 2013 ALPB Championship Season, and Peter Kirk who currently serves as league President will step aside in favor of the new President effective upon the successful conclusion of the search. Boulton and Kirk will remain as League Directors and members of the Executive Committee. Joe Klein, the Leagues Executive Director will remain responsible for baseball operations, reporting to the new President.
The ALPB was formed in April of 1995 and took the field in May of 1998, said Boulton. Since then, over 30 million fans have enjoyed Atlantic League baseball. It has been an honor to preside over the League since its inception but it is time that we assume a more traditional form of governance with a leader who is independent of team ownership. This is a step that the League has been considering for some time and I look forward to working with our new President as a member of the ALPB Board of Directors.
Following the announcement, Boulton was named Chairman Emeritus of the Atlantic League.
“Frank and I have been involved in every aspect of the leagues growth for the past 16 years,” said Kirk. ”Along with our fellow club owners and Board members, we are very excited about the future of the Atlantic League and believe that this organizational step will greatly enhance the Leagues ability to achieve our ALPB vision.”
About the Atlantic League
The Atlantic League is the highest level of professional baseball other than the Major Leagues. Atlantic League players are all highly experienced professionals, “Major League Ready”, having progressed through the developmental levels (Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A). Approximately 40% of Atlantic League players have Major League service time.
The Atlantic League is also the only professional baseball league in an active expansion mode. The League plans to expand from eight to twelve teams over the next few years. The new expansion teams will join the existing teams which are currently located in the major metropolitan markets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Houston (in some cases with multiple clubs within a metropolitan market area). In addition to major US markets, several international locations are under consideration.