MLB Designates Atlantic League as Partner League, Announces Extension of Partnership on Experimental Rules, Equipment

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced today that it has named the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) as its first Partner League.

As a Partner League, ALPB will meet regularly with MLB to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, including the leagues’ shared goal of providing baseball to great communities throughout the United States.

This designation expands the current agreement between the two leagues, which permits MLB to test experimental playing rules and equipment during ALPB games. Plus, MLB has extended its existing deal with ALPB through the 2023 campaign.

During the 2019 season, MLB and ALPB partnered to successfully test the Automated Ball-Strike System (ABS), which used radar tracking technology to assist home plate umpires in calling balls and strikes, which is called Trackman.

Additionally, the ALPB tested rules limiting defensive shifting, mound visits, shortening inning breaks, and larger bases.

“We are excited to extend our relationship with the Atlantic League, which provides us a unique means to push the sport forward.” Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Economics & Operations, said in a press release. “The Atlantic League clubs and players have been great partners to us as we jointly test ways to make our game even more interesting and engaging to fans.”

ALPB President Rick White is thrilled with its new association with MLB and looks forward to working together with the league in an effort to moving baseball forward.

“The Atlantic League is inspired by the evolution of its relationship with Major League Baseball and thrilled to be named their first Partner League,” White said. “We value MLB’s confidence in ALPB and look forward to advancing our sport together.”

— Jerry Del Priore, with MLB and ALPB

Photo: MLB

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