The Eastern League, of which we have three teams we will be following, has shaken things up a bit with regards how their divisions are shaped. What were formerly the Northern and Southern divisions are now the Eastern and Western divisions. “After a thorough review by the league in which a number of options were taken into consideration, we have come to the conclusion that this divisional alignment will be the best option for the league moving forward,” said Eastern League President Joseph McEacharn.
The realignment doesn’t change much except for the Reading Phillies moving from the Southern division to the Eastern while the Richmond Flying Squirrels move to the Western division after leaving Connecticut behind. As far as we are concerned, New Hampshire, New Britain and Portland all stay in the same division (Eastern).
Also the playoff format will not be affected by these changes. So the top two teams in each division will play a best-of-five game series with the winners of each divisional series playing each other in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship. So go West(ern)…and East(ern) young men, and we’ll catch you somewhere in the middle.