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Ontario’s Intercounty Baseball League Moves Forward for 2021

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CAMBRIDGE – Ontario’s Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is moving forward with plans to play a 2021 season said Commissioner John Kastner in a statement released to the media and other stakeholders on Thursday.

This time last year the IBL was staring down the loss of their first season in league history, two teams had already informed the league they would not be playing and the COVID-19 Pandemic was beginning to take hold at record numbers.

Fast forward to today and just like the daily updates of the COVID-19 pandemic, things are much different and as of April 22, all eight-member clubs are fully committed to a return to the field at some point this summer.

“As more and more vaccines are being administered, hope springs eternal that the IBL will be back in some form this summer,” said Kastner. “The league hoped to start in June but that does not seem likely. But, with over 100,000 vaccines going into arms every day in Ontario we are confident that Intercounty baseball will be played this summer and we will be able to help communities rebound from over a year of restrictions.”

The league has appointed Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher as the league’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Rindlisbacher is a Sports Medicine Physician who is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the Ontario Hockey Federation and Consultant to the NHLPA. His new position within the IBL will be to coordinate with the provincial government and member clubs to develop a return-to-play plan for the 2021 season.

The IBL is a regional league, driven by its fans that enter the gates at the eight Southern Ontario stadiums. With that, the league simply cannot operate without a small percentage of attendance (in most cases as low as 10% capacity).

“As the IBL is a gate driven league, a modest percentage of capacity is required before we can start our regular season and it is our hope that with vaccinations and the following of health measures, that we will be able to see at least a small percentage of fans at home games,” said Kastner.

“Everyone who is involved with and enjoys the IBL can help us and their communities. Please, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. And please follow your local public health guidelines on measures including wearing a mask and social distancing.”

“To our stakeholders and fans, thank you for sticking with us through these tough times. Thank you to all the health care and frontline workers for all they are doing for us,” added Kastner. “Like everything right now there is a lot that is still up in the air but we have a plan, in fact, several plans, and all of those plans culminate with IBL baseball in 2021!”

With the announcement of several revised start dates, Kastner sat down with IBL On Deck Host, Jackson Farough to talk about the range of options in front of the league as it works to stage its season, its talks with the government and why the league has some real optimism heading into the summer. That video is presented here:

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 continually 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: Jackfish Sign McCoy Pearce for 2023

WELLAND – The Welland Jackfish announced today the signing of infielder McCoy Pearce for the 2023 season.Pearce, a Kamloops, BC native, joins the Fish following a highlight season with the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Canadian Baseball League in 2022. In 41 games played, McCoy led the Dawgs in home runs (8) and RBI (45)…

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WELLAND – The Welland Jackfish announced today the signing of infielder McCoy Pearce for the 2023 season.

Pearce, a Kamloops, BC native, joins the Fish following a highlight season with the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Canadian Baseball League in 2022. In 41 games played, McCoy led the Dawgs in home runs (8) and RBI (45) and hit .346 with 16 doubles.

“McCoy brings the Jackfish more power at the plate,” said Jackfish General Manager Jason McKay. “We are excited to welcome him to the Pond this season, we are sure our fans will come to love the power that he brings.”

The Okanagan College alumni hit .366 with 5 doubles, 4 triples, and 36 RBI in 2022 for the Coyotes, including hitting for the cycle in a 10-0 win over Edmonton on April 2nd, 2022.

The Welland Jackfish are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.wellandjackfish.com or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.

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News: Newton heads to the Frontier League

Photo by Matt HiscoxLONDON – The London Majors are proud to see former utility player Jakob Newton take the next steps in his baseball career, as he has signed with the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League, an MLB Partner League.Newton is following a successful season as in 33 games he posted an impressive .366…

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LONDON – The London Majors are proud to see former utility player Jakob Newton take the next steps in his baseball career, as he has signed with the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League, an MLB Partner League.

Newton is following a successful season as in 33 games he posted an impressive .366 average with 4 home runs and driving in 33 RBIs. Along with his offence, Newton moved to the infield when called upon after playing the outfield for Florida Tech University before joining the Majors.

The Oakville native was tied for the league lead with 4 triples and came second in Rookie of the Year voting. In the playoffs, Newton helped the Majors to their second-straight title by hitting .483 with 19 RBIs in 14 games.

The London Majors are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. In 2021 the London Majors won the IBL Jack & Lynn Dominico Trophy. The 100-year-old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.londonmajors.com or follow the Majors on Facebook, Instagram, Tik-Tok, Youtube and Twitter at @Londonmajors.

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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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