Ottawa Champions: How will they fare?

Occasionally, I have guest contributors pitch in with articles here at the Litter Box. A new writer, Matthew Rose, joins that crowd today. Matt will be contributing to the blog, helping cover the Champions. Here’s his first post – an introductory one if you will. Welcome to the team, Matt.

BY MATTHEW ROSE

Finally! The wait for the return of Ottawa baseball is over at last. With a new Can-Am baseball team set to join the league in 2015, there’s a new buzz around town. However, some are still a little skeptical.

For some residents of Ottawa, they couldn’t be happier about the new ball team. Some are still very disappointed in the fact that the Fat Cats were pushed out of town. I still sort of feel a bit confused as to why the Fat Cats left the city. They did attract fairly decent crowds and what’s better than going out to a game on a Sunday afternoon with your family?

With the Champions, we could probably have just as much fun! The Can-Am league however, only has 4 teams with Ottawa becoming it’s 5th – the schedules may become a bit tricky.

One thing that everyone can agree on is that the Ottawa Stadium needs significant upgrades and the city has promised to put quite a bit of money into it. The current seating capacity in the Stadium is approximately 10, 332 which is perfect considering the average attendance of a Can-Am league game is 2, 137.

This could mean the renovation of the Stadium could include taking out seats to put in something that makes the Stadium better or creates more money to put into something like the concession stands. I believe most people would agree that the concourse has been a major issue in the stadium.

There are currently 2 Canadian teams (Quebec, Trois-Rivieres) and 2 American teams (New Jersey, Rockland, NY). Since the league has reformed in 2005, the Quebec Capitales have won 6 championships (currently winning the championship 5 seasons straight). With a team name of the ‘Champions’, Ottawa’s expectations will be raised much higher and will most likely be laughed at if they’re terrible.header-bg.jpg

Before I end this blog, I’d just like to say a huge thankyou to Michael Nellis for giving me this opportunity. I love baseball and am very excited to be writing about my own city’s baseball. Here’s to a new and improved baseball team in Ottawa!

 

    • Dean
    • August 1st, 2014

    I think the new Ottawa franchise will do well. You have Mr. Independent Baseball (Miles Wolff) running the show for now and a committed president David Gourlay. Expectations need to be set low in terms of attendance, but I expect the Champions to average 2,000 a game, with crowds exceeding the 3-4k mark on weekends. I am sure in a couple months time a manager will be hired along with his field staff and a roster will start to be assembled.

    • Love the optimism Dean, I’m hoping for the same thing. I agree on the 3-4k on weekends. It may take a year or two for the team to get their branding out but once they do, I don’t see a problem.

      I’m curious to see who the manager will be. I wonder if they’ll look for one locally or if they’ll get someone with independent experience. Either way, I’m glad there’s time to properly search for a manager and roster, since it seems as though there wasn’t in 2008 with the Rapidz, especially with the late ownership change.

    • Dean
    • September 27th, 2014

    The smart thing to do is hire a Manager with independent league experience. One thing the casual fan may not know of is the roster rules regarding rookies and veterans that’s why having a manager with independent experience is crucial. It sounds like the Champions will get one of the best players the Can-Am League has ever seen in OF Sebastien Boucher who has played with the Quebec Capitales the last 6 seasons. The difference maker will be pitching which is hard to find at the best of times. Nonetheless I hope sports fans in Ottawa are happy to have baseball back… I know independent baseball gets a bad rap a times but the level of play isn’t as bad as one might think. Any chance we could get some photos of the stadium upgrades?

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