Opening Day Partners chairman Peter Kirk begins his first season as Atlantic League president. The move became official last fall after the end of 2012 championship series. Kirk takes over for league founder and CEO Frank Boulton, who remains active in the league and with the running of both the Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks franchises.
Kirk admitted before Thursday’s season-opener at Sovereign Bank Stadium that he hopes he will experience a short-lived presidency.
He doesn’t believe a member of ownership should serve as league president long-term, and he hopes the league will ultimately separate itself from ownership.
Kirk’s ownership group, ODP, owns franchises in York; Lancaster; Waldorf, Md.; and Sugar Land, Texas. ODP also manages the Camden Riversharks.
“We want the league to be its own entity,” Kirk said.
He hopes the league will adopt the model of the NBA, where the league office promotes the game but there is no overlapping of ownership and league officials.
Opening Day Partners, Boulton and Somerset Patriots owner Steve Kalafer all have numerous connections throughout baseball, and the next question the league could answer is what type of person do they want serving as president long term? Do they want a baseball executive, a baseball personality or a businessman?