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 look forward to being at RCGT Park on September 5th to watch Gagné play.
Just as exciting, though; yesterday, 34-year old Gatineau-native Sebastien Boucher broke the Can-Am League all-time career hits record with an RBI single in yesterday’s 9-2 win over the Trois-Rivières Aigles. The hit was the 752nd of Boucher’s career in the Can-Am League, and breaks the previous record of 751 hits that was held by former outfielder Jerod Edmondson, who last played in 2014 for the Rockland Boulders as far as I can tell.
This is a significant personal professional milestone for Boucher, especially because so few players choose to play Can-Am League baseball long enough to make a significant statistical impact on the league. Boucher, always the focused professional, said of his record breaking hit (per OttawaChampions.com); “I was glad to get it out of the way early. My main concern is winning ball games, now I can go back to focusing on that.”
Boucher now holds the all-time Can-Am League records for career RBI (previously held by the Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello), runs, hits, and by the end of the season should break the league record for career walks before the end of the season.
Not bad for a player/coach with seemingly a lot of gas left in the tank. Congratulations to Sebastien Boucher on adding to what has been a very impressive Can-Am League career!