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HarbourCats to host 32 regular season home games at Wilsons Group Stadium in 2024

November 6,  2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VICTORIA, B.C. — More meetings in the RE/MAX Island Cup with Nanaimo and a season-ending visit by the rival Corvallis Knights highlight the Victoria HarbourCats schedule for 2024, announced today by the HarbourCats and the West Coast League (WCL).

The 2024 season of HarbourCats baseball will start with a six-game road trip to the middle of BC, games in Kamloops and Kelowna starting May 31, before a rematch of last year’s first round of the playoffs with the Wenatchee AppleSox in Victoria for the home opener on Friday, June 7 at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP.

Head Coach Todd Haney and his roster will be intent on defending home turf — last summer, a league record 25-2 record at the best park in the WCL — and making the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season under the former MLB player’s leadership.

The HarbourCats will face the island rival Nanaimo NightOwls nine times this season in an expanded Island Cup series — and in a quirk of the schedule, all nine are in the first half of the season — with six of those games at historic-and-renewed Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo. The first-ever weekend meeting of the teams since the NightOwls joined the league in 2022 will take place leading into the Canada Day holiday, including the traditional Fireworks Night in Victoria on Sunday night, June 30th.

Overall the ‘Cats will play 32 home games at Wilson’s Group Stadium, including five non-league games against teams like the Redmond Dudes and for the first time ever, the Seattle based Dub Sea Fish Sticks, a two-game series July 9-10 that should have HarbourCats mascot Harvey the HarbourCat and hopefully fans, drooling with anticipation.

“We are working on arranging the specific dates of our promo schedule, special events like fireworks and Odlum Brown jersey-off-our-backs, and Bark in the Park — those will be released soon so people can buy single tickets or redeem 10pks well before Christmas,” said GM Christian Stewart. “Todd will have our players ready and looking to give our fans more exciting baseball from the home opener through the playoffs, the best entertainment value on the lower island.”

HarbourCats fans will see all the Canadian teams – Nanaimo NightOwls, Kelowna Falcons, Edmonton Riverhawks and the Kamloops NorthPaws –   along with the Wenatchee AppleSox, Bellingham Bells, Port Angeles Lefties and Corvallis Knights.  Victoria will also participate in the 2024 WCL All-Star game scheduled for July 17th (location to be announced), marking the first time this event returns since 2019.

The August 5-7 match-up with the Knights, a re-match of the 2023 Championship Final, marks the first time the Knights have travelled to Victoria since 2019 and given that the plan for that series includes BC Day Fireworks, the annual Jersey Off Our Backs night and Fan Appreciation night, it is anticipated that tickets for that closing series will be in high demand.

Speaking of tickets, Season Tickets and 10-game flex packs are now on sale for the 2024 season and can be purchased at the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or by calling the office at 778-265-0327.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS and flex pack voucher exchanges are not yet available.  It is anticipated that these will be available on-line for the general public starting December 1, 2023 and through our one and only ticketing partner, Select Your Tickets.  Stay tuned or more information on that.

The full HarbourCats 2024 schedule and a number of tentative promotional dates (subject to change) is presented below (Download Graphic of calendar schedule HERE):

Fri May 31 @KAMLOOPS
Sat June 1 @KAMLOOPS
Sun June 2 @KAMLOOPS
Mon June 3 @KELOWNA
Tue June 4 @KELOWNA
Wed June 5 @KELOWNA

Fri June 7 vs WENATCHEE 6:35 PM – Opening Night
Sat June 8 vs WENATCHEE 6:35 PM – FIREWORKS!
Sun June 9 vs WEN 1:05 PM – Sunday Matinee

Tue June 11 vs NANAIMO 6:35 PM
Wed June 12 @ NANAIMO
Thur June 13 vs NANAIMO 11:00 AM Matinee School Spirit Game

Fri June 14 @EDMONTON
Sat June 15 @EDMONTON
Sun June 16 @EDMONTON

Tue June 18 @NANAIMO
Wed June 19 @NANAIMO
Thur June 20 @NANAIMO

Fri June 21 vs BELLINGHAM 6:35 PM
Sat June 22 vs BELLINGHAM 6:35 PM
Sun June 23 vs BELLINGHAM 1:05 PM Sunday Matinee

Tue June 25 vs REDMOND 6:35 PM – Non-League

Wed June 26 vs PORT ANGELES 6:35 PM
Thur June 27 vs PORT ANGELES 6:35 PM
Fri June 28 vs PORT ANGELES 6:35 PM

Sat June 29 @NANAIMO
Sun June 30 vs NANAIMO, 6:35 PM CANADA DAY FIREWORKS
Mon July 1 @NANAIMO

Tue July 2 @WENATCHEE
Wed July 3 @WENATCHEE
Thur July 4 @WENATCHEE

Fri July 5 vs KELOWNA 6:35 PM
Sat July 6 vs KELOWNA 6:35 PM
Sun July 7 vs KELOWNA 1:05 PM Sunday Matinee – HARVEY’S BIRTHDAY

Tue July 9 vs DUB SEA FISHSTICKS 6:35 PM – Non-League
Wed July 10 vs DUB SEA FISHSTICKS 6:35 PM – Non-League

Fri July 12 vs EDMONTON 6:35 PM
Sat July 13 vs EDMONTON 6:35 PM FIREWORKS!
Sun July 14 vs EDMONTON 1:05 PM Sunday Matinee – BARK IN THE PARK

Tue July 16 vs SOUTH ISLAND ALL-STARS 6:35 PM – Non-League
Wed July 17 WCL ALL-STAR GAME (LOCATION TBD)
Thur July 18 vs VICTORIA MAVERICKS 6:35 PM – Non-League

 Fri Jul 19 @ RIDGEFIELD
Sat July 20 @ RIDGEFIELD
Sun July 21 @ RIDGEFIELD
Mon July 22 @PORT ANGELES
Tue July 23@PORT ANGELES
Wed July 24 @PORT ANGELES

Fri July 26 vs KAMLOOPS 6:35PM
Sat July 27 vs KAMLOOPS 6:35 PM
Sun July 28 vs KAMLOOPS 1:05 PM Sunday Matinee

Tue July 30 vs EDMONTON 6:35 PM
Wed July 31 vs EDMONTON 6:35 PM
Thur Aug 1 vs EDMONTON 6:35 PM

Fri Aug 2 @BELLINGHAM
Sat Aug 3 @BELLINGHAM
Sun Aug 4@BELLINGHAM

Mon Aug 5 vs CORVALLIS 6:35PM – BC DAY FIREWORKS!
Tue Aug 6 vs CORVALLIS 6:35 PM – JERSEY OFF OUR BACKS!
Wed Aug 7 vs CORVALLIS 6:35 PM – FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT!

August 10-12 Divisional Playoffs
Wed August 14 Championship Semi-Finals
Fri August 16 Championship Final

$10 Tuesdays  – June 11, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 30 (not Aug 6)
All General Admission and Premium Reserved seats just $10

Winning Wednesdays  – June 26, July 10, July 31, Aug 7
All Red Arrow beer products on sale for just $6

Forces Fridays – June 7, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 26
Military and first responders can get half-price General Admission seating

 

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Three returning players, one a WCL all-star, and local infielder highlight eight NightOwls signings

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Those announced today:

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OF/LHP Riley Paulino, University of Pikeville, 5-11/180, Fife, WA (returning player)

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C Sammy Torres, University of Pikeville, 5-9/200, Yuaco, Puerto Rico (returning player)

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LHP Richtter Castillo, University of Pikeville, 6-0/215, Maracay, Venezuela

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IF Lucas Laukkanen, Cloud County commit, 6-0/190, Nanaimo

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LHP Carson Jones, St. Martins, 6-0/180, Walla Walla, WA (returning player)

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RHP Christian Lucero, Arizona Christian, 6-1/190, Sacramento

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OF Sammy Kahler, San Diego State, 6-0/185, Stockton, CA

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OF Drew Rutter, San Diego State, 6-1/190, Trabuco Canyon, CA

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Victoria HarbourCats – Manny’s hitting coach added to staff by Coach Haney

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2024 HarbourCats Coaching Staff – Front Row (L to R) Scott Anderson (Pitching Coach), Todd Haney (Head Coach), Trovin Valdez (Hitting Coach), Steve Sinclair (Bench Coach); Back Row (L to R): Ethan Fox (Bullpen Coach), Troy Birtwistle (First Base Coach).

For immediate release

April 16, 2024

VICTORIA, B.C. — An already strong coaching staff under WCL Coach of the Year Todd Haney just got stronger with the addition of Trovin Valdez, a former pro who made it to AAA in the Montreal Expos system.

Valdez, 50, was the personal hitting coach of Manny Ramirez during much of his record-setting MLB career and now works extensively with his sons Manny Jr. and Lucas, who have joined the HarbourCats for the 2024 WCL season. Valdez, who was once traded for lefthander David Wells, also works with a number of MLB players from his base in Florida, moving around the continent — and now will spend the summer exclusively in Victoria working with all HarbourCats hitters.

Haney, who has been with the HarbourCats since 2018 and Head Coach since 2019, is proud to unveil the entire staff for 2024:

  • Todd Haney, Head Coach (5th year, 4th as Head Coach)
  • Trovin Valdez, Hitting/Outfield Coach (First year)
  • Scott Anderson, Pitching Coach (Second year)
  • Troy Birtwistle, First Base Coach (Sixth year)
  • Steve Sinclair, Bench Coach (Second year)
  • Ethan Fox, Bullpen Coach (Third year, former HarbourCats player)

Under Haney, the HarbourCats led the WCL in hits, runs and stolen bases in 2023 and set a WCL record with an astounding 25-2 home record at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP, adding two more home wins in as many dates in the playoffs. The HarbourCats reached the WCL’s final game for the third time in five seasons.

Jaxon Williams (pictured right), part of the 2023 staff, is unable to return due to career reasons and the HarbourCats thank him and wish him all the best, he will always be a part of the HarbourCats family.

“This is a tremendous staff under incredible leadership from Todd — our players will be well served in their development,” said Christian Stewart, GM of the HarbourCats. “We couldn’t be happier with the makeup of this group, and we’re excited to see Trovin go to work. Our team set multiple team and league records on the offensive side of the game last year and that exciting style of play will be on display for our fans again.”

Valdez stole more than 250 bases as a pro, spanning nine seasons, and he joins former pro players Haney (five years MLB with Expos, Cubs and Mets), Anderson (also Expos system), Sinclair (MLB lefty with Blue Jays and Mariners), and Birtwistle (Australia). Fox played college ball and is the Head Coach of the Golden Tide CCBC team.

The HarbourCats open on the road May 31 in Kamloops, the start of back-to-back series in Kamloops and Kelowna, before returning for the June 7 home opener against Wenatchee. The HarbourCats will be on the road this summer in Kamloops, Kelowna, Edmonton, Wenatchee, Ridgefield, Port Angeles, Bellingham, and six games in Nanaimo against the Island-rival NightOwls at Serauxmen Stadium. Teams visiting Victoria this year are Wenatchee, Nanaimo, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Kelowna, Edmonton (two series), Kamloops and Corvallis, along with non-league games against the Redmond Dudes, Dub Sea Fishsticks, the SIBL All-Stars, and Victoria Mavericks All-Stars.

The regular season runs until August 7, with WCL playoffs running from August 10 to August 16.

Single game tickets are now available for the HarbourCats 2024 season including the home opener on Friday, June 7, 2024 at 6:35pm against the Kamloops NorthPaws. These can be purchased online through our one and only ticketing partner, Select Your Tickets, at www.harbourcats.com/tickets or at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

Season tickets and 10-game flex packs are also now on sale via the HarbourCats office or by calling 778-265-0327.

 

 

 

 

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Victoria HarbourCats – Manny Ramirez’s two sons sign with HarbourCats

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April 4 2024

VICTORIA, B.C. — Their father was once the most-feared hitter in the Major Leagues, a perennial all-star with a big personality who won a World Series, a batting title, and could change any game with one swing.

Manny Ramirez Jr., 21 (pictured above left), and Lucas Ramirez, 18 (pictured above right), carry the same potential — Manny Jr., a booming right-handed power hitter, with Lucas a lefty with a power stroke who has committed to the University of Tennessee for the fall.

Both outfielders who can DH, Manny Jr. and Lucas are excited to be coming to Victoria, to further develop under Head Coach Todd Haney, a former MLB player, and a coaching staff that also includes former pro player and coach Scott Anderson and former MLB pitcher Steve Sinclair.

“These are notable signings not just for us, but for the entire West Coast League — this will be exciting news for our fans and sponsors, no question,” said Jim Swanson of the HarbourCats. “They come highly recommended by our former pitching coach, Alec Adame, who is coaching Manny Jr. at ELAC (East LA College). It’s been a pleasure working with the family to set this all up, and we know Victoria will welcome them all with open arms — to the city rated the best city in the world. Alec was here in 2015 and knows how great the baseball environment is at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP.”

So far this spring Manny Jr. leads ELAC with three home runs and has 18 runs driven in over 20 games, adding nine doubles and walking 14 times. The 6-3/210 outfielder is a freshman who is a product of Calvary Christian high school in Clearwater, FL.

Lucas is a graduating high school senior at powerful American Heritage in Florida and is a possible high-round pick in the upcoming draft thanks to already developing power from the left side. He is already built like a pro at 6-3/200.

They have a tremendous baseball role model to aspire to. Manny Ramirez played 19 seasons and batted .312 with 555 home runs, the 15th highest total in MLB history — he starred for Cleveland, Boston, and the Dodgers, and finished with time for the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. He was a 12-time all-star, was MVP of the 2004 World Series when the Red Sox ended their long title drought, won the 2002 American League batting title, and was the Hank Aaron Award winner in 1999 and 2004. He was also part of a second Red Sox team to win the World Series in 2007, and hit more post-season home runs (29) than anyone else in the history of the game. He finished top-10 in MVP voting in the American League eight years in a row (1998-2005).

The HarbourCats open on the road May 31 in Kamloops, the start of back-to-back series in Kamloops and Kelowna, before returning for the June 7 home opener against Wenatchee. The HarbourCats will be on the road this summer in Kamloops, Kelowna, Edmonton, Wenatchee, Ridgefield, Port Angeles, Bellingham, and six games in Nanaimo against the Island-rival NightOwls at Serauxmen Stadium. Teams visiting Victoria this year are Wenatchee, Nanaimo, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Kelowna, Edmonton (two series), Kamloops and Corvallis, along with non-league games against the Redmond Dudes, Dub Sea Fishsticks, the SIBL All-Stars, and Victoria Mavericks All-Stars.

The regular season runs until August 7, with WCL playoffs running from August 10 to August 16.

Single game tickets are now available for the HarbourCats 2024 season including the home opener on Friday, June 7, 2024 at 6:35pm against the Kamloops NorthPaws. These can be purchased online at www.harbourcats.com/tickets or at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

Season tickets and 10-game flex packs are also now on sale via the HarbourCats office or by calling 778-265-0327.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are a 2023 Season Ticket holder who has not yet renewed your seats for the 2024 season, please do so by April 15th, 2024 or your seats will be released and available to the public for sale. Please call Christian at 778-265-0327 ASAP to renew your seats.

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