The newest baseball team in the Canadian-American League will be called the Sussex County Miners. The club’s owner Al Dorso revealed the name on Tuesday night.
The team will debut at Skylands Stadium next May and will be the Can-Am League’s second expansion team for the 2015 season along with the Ottawa Champions.
Dorso purchased Skylands Stadium in October and announced a few weeks later that he would own a new team in the Can-Am League.
The 4,200-seat ballpark opened in 1994 and was originally built for the New Jersey Cardinals, the Class-A Short-Season affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They played at the ballpark from 1994-2005 before being sold and relocated to Pennslyvania prior to the 2006 season. The sale of the team was a result of a financial dispute over stadium ownership.
That will not happen with Dorso as he owns both the stadium and the team.
Following the Cardinals’ departure from Skylands Stadium, the Sussex Skyhawks of the Can-Am League moved into the ballpark and called it its home for the next five seasons. Due to the lack of attendance over those five seasons, the Skyhawks folded following the 2010 season. Their attendance numbers were at an all-time low in 2010 as they drew 85,126 fans to Skylands Park, an average of 2,183 fans a game.
No professional baseball team has played at Skylands Stadium since the Sussex Skyhawks left in 2010. However, that will change next May when the ballpark welcomes the Miners for their inaugural season in the Can-Am League.
The Miners will play a 97-game regular season schedule from May 21 to Sept. 7. of next year. If the Miners make the playoff they will be active for an additional two weeks.
Update: Here are the logos of the 2015 Sussex County Miners:
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Reporter for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.