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 look forward to that’s a lot closer to home. Given that the Ottawa CitiSun barely covers local baseball (seriously, go check out their website. If you click on the link to look at baseball news specifically, the link redirects you back to the sports page), the fact that professional baseball exists in Ottawa may come as news to some.
Last season the Ottawa Champions, led by former MLB National League Manager of the Year, Hal Lanier, rallied to win the Can-Am League Championship after overcoming an 0-2 game deficit to defeat the Rockland Boulders in a 5-game series–the club’s first CanAm League Championship in only its second year in the league. Pretty neat, huh?!?
It gets better. On May 18th, 2017 (or in 79 days in other words), the Ottawa Champions begin their third season of play in the CanAm League, and will be looking to defend and repeat as league champions this season.
80 days until Opening Night – just ask @Hey_Mr_Chrismon.
— Ottawa Champions (@OttawaChampions) February 27, 2017
To get you ready for the upcoming Champions season, Ottawa Sports Network will be publishing a number of article chock full of information and news, of interest to baseball fans in Ottawa and Ottawa baseball fans alike.
The first article will be on a brief history of professional baseball in Ottawa, because honestly, up until beginning to plan out these articles, my knowledge of professional baseball basically amounted to attending some Champions games the last two years, and catching an Ottawa Lynx game with my Dad waaaayyy back in 1996. The second article will focus on a brief history of the CanAm League, while future articles will focus more on the Ottawa Champions as an organization, its players, and insiders.
Stay tuned for the article on the history of pro baseball in Ottawa shortly, and for more exciting Ottawa Champions content in the coming weeks.
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