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Guelph Royals to Sit out 2021 Inter-County League Season

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Guelph, Ontario – The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) along with the Guelph Royals today announced that the Royals will take a leave of absence for the 2021 season.

The IBL and its remaining seven clubs are still working towards a July 5th start date and a 30 game schedule.

The Royals are unable to operate citing the uncertainty of COVID-19 heading into a season that is scheduled to start in three weeks’ time. In addition to the issues affecting all of Ontario, there was the spectre of additional issues in Guelph including fan capacity limits and concessions.

The IBL is currently working on a process for the dispersal of Guelph Royals players and will release an updated 2021 schedule, including a new playoff format, in the coming days.

 

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2021 season will mark the IBL’s 102nd in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland, and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.

Contact John Kastner at 519-301-3227 for more information.

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News: Barrie Signs 2021 IBL Rookie of the Year Hayden Jaco

BARRIE – He won the rookie of the year in 2021, and now he’s looking to continue that success in 2023. Hayden Jaco will join the Barrie Baycats for the upcoming 2023 season after signing with the club in mid-November.Jaco, 25, who was the primary catcher for the Majors in the first of their back-to-back…

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BARRIE – He won the rookie of the year in 2021, and now he’s looking to continue that success in 2023. Hayden Jaco will join the Barrie Baycats for the upcoming 2023 season after signing with the club in mid-November.

Jaco, 25, who was the primary catcher for the Majors in the first of their back-to-back championship seasons, hit .374 across 33 games in the regular season and postseason, with five home runs and 23 runs batted in. He also walked 14 times and hit two triples.

“He’s a hugely talented player at the plate at a crucial position,” said Baycats TV analyst Patrick Melbourne. “He showed what he can do with pitching staffs in 2021, and he’s got good speed behind the plate, which is rare to find in a catcher.”

(Photo: Matt Hiscox Photography)

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News: IBL Approves Expansion Membership For Chatham

LEAGUE’S 9TH MEMBER TO BEGIN PLAY IN 2024 SEASON The IBL announced on Wednesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the expansion application of Chatham, Ontario for admittance into the League.The Chatham franchise, which will be owned by Dom Dinelle, will begin play in the 2024 Season at Fergie Jenkins Field, which will hold…

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LEAGUE’S 9TH MEMBER TO BEGIN PLAY IN 2024 SEASON 

The IBL announced on Wednesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the expansion application of Chatham, Ontario for admittance into the League.

The Chatham franchise, which will be owned by Dom Dinelle, will begin play in the 2024 Season at Fergie Jenkins Field, which will hold 1,100 fans for baseball.

“The IBL is excited to welcome the City of Chatham as our newest member,” said IBL Executive and owner of the Welland Jackfish, Ryan Harrison. “We have a great working relationship with Dom and his management group, and we look forward to bringing IBL Baseball to the Chatham community in May 2024 and the creation of natural rivalries with London, Brantford, and Kitchener.”

“We are grateful to the IBL Board of Governors for awarding us a new membership and we thank Mayor Darrin Canniff, the Chatham City Council for allowing us to call a stunning venue home,” said Dinelle. “Chatham is a terrific sports town and we look forward to making it a fantastic baseball town.”

More details about the team, including a ‘Name the Team’ contest, inaugural management team, and more, will be released at a press conference in Chatham on Friday, December 9th. Time and location to be announced shortly.

Visit Chatham-Kent Baseball online at ckiblbaseball.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @iblchatham.

About the Intercounty Baseball League

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professionals and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2021 season will mark the IBL’s 102nd in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland, and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.

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News: Hamilton Cardinals Announce Baseball Operations Changes

Photo by Art WardHAMILTON – The Hamilton Cardinals have named George Halim as their new General Manager and Dean Castelli as their Field Manager for the upcoming 2023 season.Halim is currently the Director of Canada at Prep Baseball Report and has a wealth of knowledge on baseball prospects throughout Canada. He also has MLB experience scouting for…

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HAMILTON – The Hamilton Cardinals have named George Halim as their new General Manager and Dean Castelli as their Field Manager for the upcoming 2023 season.

Halim is currently the Director of Canada at Prep Baseball Report and has a wealth of knowledge on baseball prospects throughout Canada. He also has MLB experience scouting for the Texas Rangers & Arizona Diamondbacks, and has been involved with building various baseball programs in the US & Canada, including the Fieldhouse Pirates, Humber College, and Niagara County Community College. Halim also has his own College Placement advisory firm where he assists High School players in their College recruiting process. Halim will be supported by returning Assistant General Manager Larry Wood.

“George is the perfect fit for our player-focused GM role. We believe that he brings energy to our organization and is well connected in the baseball community to help us build a competitive and contending team” said Dennis Concordia, Partner.

Field Manager Dean Castelli will return to the dugout in Hamilton. Castelli has been rooted deep into Hamilton IBL history. He has had success on the field as a player and in the dugout. Castelli was named the Rooke of the Year in 1993 as a player and was named the Manager of the Year in 2018 & 2019.

“I wanted to have Dean back in the dugout for this new era of Hamilton baseball. His passion for the community and this team is unmatched” said Eric Spearin, Managing Partner.

Joining Dean Castelli’s staff will be returning Assistant Coach Chris Piano and new Pitching Coach Chris Davies.

These announced changes conclude a long process to revamp the Hamilton Cardinals baseball operations after Jeff Lounsbury decided to step away from the organization to make way for a fresh start under new ownership. We thank Jeff and his coaching staff for their leadership over the past several years as they were able to navigate the team through the pandemic but also achieve significant success by advancing the team past the first round of Playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

Look for more exciting news about the 2023 season to be released soon.

About The Hamilton Cardinals

The Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Club is a member of Canada’s best league, the Intercounty Baseball League and are preparing for its 65th year as a franchise. The over 100-year-old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, established in 1919. For more information visit: https://www.theibl.ca & https://www.iblcardinals.ca

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