Here’s another local lesson in the impossible economics of Independent League baseball. Please look over the growing list at the end of this article of 25 years of failing Can-Am Independent League Teams—the league of the Ramapo’s Boulders. The ballpark is currently losing $1-2 million each year, and there’s still the debt for the bonds to be paid.
The story is by Tom Davis, and it appeared in the Cherry Hill Patch, Sept. 24, 2018
A $35 million baseball field that was supposed to boost tourism is now facing a wrecking ball.
Campbell’s Field in Camden is expected to be demolished after 17 years, according to News12. The 6,700-seat park cost $35 million to build.
The Camden Riversharks lost their lease back in 2015, according to News12, so Camden County Improvement Authority is looking for bids on the demolition.
Bidding documents make clear, according to nj.com, that demolition is expected at the Delaware Avenue site.
The Riversharks were part of the Atlantic League, which saw success with the Somerset Patriots but failure in another New Jersey city.
The former home of the Newark Bears minor league baseball team, where the Bears played until 2013, has been sold to a New York-based developer for $23.5 million. Lotus plans to demolish Riverfront Stadium and build a mixed-use, high-rise tower in its place.
This is a list of baseball teams that formerly played in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, also known as the Can-Am League, or any of its two predecessors, the Northeast League or Northern League East Division.
|Adirondack Lumberjacks||2002||Became the
|Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs||2002||Folded after
|Allentown Ambassadors||2003||Folded shortly
before start of 2004
season; replaced by
Northeast League Aces.
|American Defenders of New Hampshire||2009||Evicted from stadium,
moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts
following 2009 season and
became Pittsfield Colonials.
|Atlantic City Surf||2008||Played in the Atlantic
Folded shortly before
start of 2009 season.
|Bangor Blue Ox||1997||Went dormant after
1997 season; franchise
moved to Quebec for
|Bangor Lumberjacks||2004||Folded April 2005;
replaced by Can-Am
|Brockton Rox||2011||Joined summer-collegiate
|Catskill Cougars/Sullivan Mountain Lions||1995
|Left league in 1996 to
play in the North Atlantic
League. Returned in 1997,
folded 1998. Returned in
2000, folded after season.
|Berkshire Black Bears||2003||Became the
New Haven County Cutters.
|Elmira Pioneers||2005||Moved to New York
Collegiate Baseball League.
|Massachusetts Mad Dogs||1999||Went dormant after 1999
season; franchise was
moved to Pittsfield,
Massachusetts for 2002
|Mohawk Valley Landsharks||1995||Became the Rhode
Island Tiger Sharks.
|Nashua Pride||2008||Became the American
Defenders of New
|Newark Bears||2013||Played in Atlantic League
1998–2009. Folded after
|Newburgh Nighthawks||1996||Folded after 1996 season,
replaced by Waterbury Spirit.
|New Haven County Cutters||2007||Folded after 2007.|
|North Shore Spirit||2007||Folded after 2007.|
|Ottawa Rapidz||2008||League took over team
after 2008 season and
renamed them the
However, with the
Atlantic City Surf ceasing
operations, the league
disbanded the Ottawa
team shortly before
the 2009 season.
|Pittsfield Colonials||2011||League voted to rescind
team’s charter after
ownership group was
unable to find investors.
|Rhode Island Tiger Sharks||1996||Folded after 1996
season, replaced by
|Sussex Skyhawks||2011||Folded after 2010 season.|
|Waterbury Spirit||2000||Went dormant after
2000 season; franchise
was moved to Lynn,
|Worcester Tornadoes||2012||Team charter revoked by League|
|Yonkers Hoot Owls||1995||Folded after 1995.|