Baseball back for another try

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The smell of hot dogs and popcorn and the sound of the crack of the bat will be back at Ottawa Stadium next May.

David Gourlay. (file photo)

The Can-Am League announced Monday it has signed a 10-year lease with the City of Ottawa to operate a team out of the former home of the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx on Coventry Road.

No doubt, the refrain of a popular song from Queen will be blaring through the loudspeakers as well.

The new team, to be called the Champions, will begin play in late May 2015.

“We’re glad to have the Champions in town starting next spring,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement. “This group provides strong local roots and it will help us revitalize Ottawa Stadium and the baseball community.”

Joining Mr.Watson at the unveiling were Can-Am commissioner Miles Wolff and longtime local baseball booster David Gourlay, who will serve as club president.

“We will focus on building partnerships to ensure families and baseball fans across the city enjoy the best possible experiences at the ballpark while providing them an affordable and fun experience in the summer months,” Mr.Gourlay said.

Baseball has had limited success in Ottawa since the Lynx' 15-year run ended in 2007.

The Can-Am league tried once before.  The Ottawa Rapidz lasted for just one season in 2008.

The Ottawa Fat Cats had a little more luck in the Intercounty Baseball League, lasting three seasons from 2010 to 2012.

Mr. Wolff vows to make baseball work in Ottawa this time.

“I fell in love with Ottawa and I promised to come back and not leave until we do it right,” he said.  “We really look forward to the Champions playing ball in Ottawa next spring and staying for the long run.”

The team plans on being active in the community while searching out local partners and suppliers.

Organizations: Triple-A Ottawa Lynx, Intercounty Baseball League

Geographic location: Ottawa Stadium, Coventry Road

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  • Barry McKay
    June 25, 2014 - 12:40

    No mention of the millions of tax payers' dollars that will have to be spent on this venture. Since the Lynx left town baseball has been an abysmal failure, yet the City has decided to throw good money after bad on this Mickey Mouse, Can-Am league, white elephant. Yet another City Hall strike out!