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Ottawa Champions start a new Skype Q&A Series

Ottawa Champions start a new Skype Q&A Series

By James Bridges @JamesMBridges Sometime yesterday the Ottawa Champions posted the first video of what seems to be a new YouTube series called ‘Skype with the Champs.’ The first edition features the Champions’ 2016 starting left fielder, Matt Helms, who won the club’s ‘Community Ambassador of the Year’ award last year in addition to winning the CanAm League Championship. To refresh your memory about what Helms accomplished last season and over his career, check out this excerpt from the news release…

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Get to Know Your 2017 Ottawa Champions: Infielders

Get to Know Your 2017 Ottawa Champions: Infielders

The Ottawa Champions are set to begin Spring Training for their third season in the CanAm League on May 8th, and play their first game of the 2017 season at home in RCGT Park against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles on May 18th. Unlike the major leagues, the players here don’t have a lot of time to gel as a team, and just as importantly, get used to playing on Ottawa’s large playing field. With Champs spring training a little more than a…

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Get to know your 2017 Ottawa Champions: Catchers

Get to know your 2017 Ottawa Champions: Catchers

It’s that time again! Last Wednesday, Ottawa Sports Network featured ‘Get to Know Your Ottawa Champions’ Pitchers Edition, which gave readers a brief bio about each pitcher as well as any interesting tidbits or recent footage I could dig up. If you missed it, or want to read it again, here it is. After getting a lot of positive feedback about covering the team, it’s time for the next installment of our featured series on your 2016 CanAm League Champions,…

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Get to know your 2017 Ottawa Champions: Pitchers

Get to know your 2017 Ottawa Champions: Pitchers

The Ottawa Champions are set to begin Spring Training for their third season in the CanAm League on May 8th, and play their first game of the 2017 season at home in RCGT Park against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles on May 18th. Unlike the major leagues, the players here don’t have a lot of time to gel as a team, and just as importantly, get used to playing on Ottawa’s large playing field. With Champs spring training a little less than…

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#OttSports Roundup: March 2nd Edition

#OttSports Roundup: March 2nd Edition

This is a few days belated, but Dante De Caria, with Algonquin College radio station CKDJ 1079 has a weekly radio show/podcast called Around the Diamond where he covers the Ottawa Champions/baseball in Canada each week. I highly recommend you check it out, as the Ottawa Champions are a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and Dante is the best source of news and insight about the team. You can check out the latest episode from February 26th…

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Ottawa Champions 2017 Season Primer: An Introduction

Ottawa Champions 2017 Season Primer: An Introduction

Tomorrow marks the beginning of March, which means that the beginning of the MLB regular season is only a little over a month away! For baseball fans in Ottawa, this means patiently watching and waiting through more than a month of Grapefruit League Spring Training action before settling in to watch another glorious season of Blue Jays baseball covered by our friends over at Sportsnet. But with baseball season rapidly approaching, it’s worth mentioning that Ottawa baseball fans have a season to…

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Champions’ Sebastien Boucher Breaks Can-Am League Hit Record

Champions’ Sebastien Boucher Breaks Can-Am League Hit Record

James Bridges August 22, 2016 As was reported earlier today, the Ottawa Champions made headlines by signing Éric Gagné, a 40 year old former 3x MLB All-Star, Cy Young winner (and admitted HGH user) to the roster to start the Champions’ final match of the regular season against the Quebec Capitales on September 5th, AKA Labour Day 2016. You can read my thoughts by clicking the link above, but to summarize: I think it’s a great move for the Champions, and…

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Ottawa Champions sign former Cy Young winner to one-game contract

Ottawa Champions sign former Cy Young winner to one-game contract

James Bridges August 22, 2016 Update: 2:13pm: I forgot to include that proceeds from the September 5th Champions game will go to a charity of Éric Gagné’s choice. Buy up those tickets for a good cause! Well, it has been far, far too long since any posts have graced this website. Chalk that up to a bunch of changes in my personal and professional life; a new and improved housing situation coinciding with a hectic new job will do that sometimes!…

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Recap: Ottawa Champions announce 3 game series against Cuban National Baseball Team

Recap: Ottawa Champions announce 3 game series against Cuban National Baseball Team

Spartiecat, Ottawa Sports Network March 3, 11:30 AM Even though the city is fresh off its latest winter storm, the big news is baseball. The Cuban National team is coming to town in June to take on our own Ottawa Champions. The Champions really could not have lucked out any better than they did with the timing of this announcement. This press conference itself has been in the planning for weeks. What gave it a special significance was Tuesday’s major…

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Ottawa Champions to announce series against Cuban National Baseball team tomorrow

Ottawa Champions to announce series against Cuban National Baseball team tomorrow

Yesterday, the Ottawa Champions (sort of) announced that they will be hosting a three-game series against the Cuban National Baseball Team at RCGT Park from June 17-19, in what will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting baseball weekends in Ottawa in recent memory. The “official” announcement will be made at a news conference tomorrow, March 2nd, 11am at the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, otherwise known as “that old building beside City Hall.” In attendance to make remarks will be Mayor…

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