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Victoria HarbourCats | HarbourCats Now Taking Reservations for 2021 Upper Deck and Third Base Party Deck Areas

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We don’t know what we don’t know, but what we DO know, is that when we are given permission to play, we will play and we want fans to be ready to play along with us!

February 12, 2021

VICTORIA, BC – As we wait to see what happens in the next couple of months and for, hopefully, the full go-ahead to play baseball at Wilson’s Group Stadium in 2021, we are proceeding optimistically and are making plans for the season, so that we are ready to play when it is time to safely play.

And we want you and your group to come and play with us and celebrate a return to HarbourCats baseball!

To that end, when we get the go-ahead, we expect that our two unique group party areas, the Strathcona Rooftop Third Base Party Deck and the Wilson’s Group Upper Deck Experience, will be in high demand.

To be ready for that and to make sure you and your group have a chance to join us when we return, we are now taking reservations for both group areas for the proposed 2021 season.

We need to do this now, so that if we happen to receive short notice that we can play, for example in mid-May, we are ready to go, rather than rushing to get those areas reserved and everyone ticketed at the last minute.

A list of available dates can be found below for each area (note some dates already taken by groups who had reserved dates in 2020).

Reserve your group now so you don’t miss out on the return of HarbourCats baseball!

The Upper Deck Experience

Upper Deck Availability – DOWNLOAD UPPER DECK MARKETING BROCHURE HERE

Sunday June 6,  1PM Port Angeles
Sunday June 13, 1PM Ladysmith
Wednesday June 16, 6:35PM Cowlitz
Tuesday June 22, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Wednesday June 23, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Saturday June 26, 6:35PM Burnaby
Sunday June 27, 1PM Burnaby
Tuesday June 29, 6:35PM Kelowna
Tuesday July 6, 6:35PM Bend
Wednesday July 7, 6:35PM Bend
Thursday July 8, 6:35PM Bend
Friday July 9, 6:35PM Kamloops
Sunday July 11, 1PM Kamloops
Tuesday August 3, 6:35PM Edmonton
Wednesday August 4, 6:35PM Edmonton
Tuesday August 10, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Wednesday August 11, 6:35PM Nanaimo – Jersey Off Back Night

The Railside Tables and Upper Deck Experience

Third Base Party Deck Availability – DOWNLOAD THIRD BASE PARTY DECK MARKETING BROCHURE HERE

Friday June 4, 6:35PM Port Angeles – Home Opener
Saturday June 12, 6:35PM Ladysmith
Tuesday June 15, 6:35PM Cowlitz
Thursday June 17, 11AM Cowlitz – School Spirit
Tuesday June 22, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Wednesday June 23, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Thursday June 24, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Saturday June 26, 6:35PM Burnaby
Sunday June 27, 1PM Burnaby
Tuesday June 29, 6:35PM Kelowna
Thursday July 1, 1PM Kelowna – Canada Day
Tuesday July 6, 6:35PM Bend
Wednesday July 7, 6:35PM Bend
Thursday July 8, 6:35PM Bend
Friday July 9, 6:35PM Kamloops
Sunday July 11, 1PM Kamloops
Tuesday July 20, 6:35PM SIBL All-Stars
Wednesday July 21, 6:35PM SIBL All-Stars
Saturday July 24, 6:35PM Ridgefield
Wednesday August 4, 6:35PM Edmonton
Tuesday August 10, 6:35PM Nanaimo
Wednesday August 11, 6:35PM Nanaimo – Jersey Off Back Night
Thursday August 12, 6:35PM Nanaimo – Fan Appreciation

The Strathcona Rooftop Third Base Party Deck

Please note, as in past years, a non-refundable $500.00 deposit is required to hold your date.  This is then applied to your final total and invoice, closer to the event, once we determine final numbers, food costs, etc.  Full payment is usually required at that time, usually two weeks prior to the event.

Your deposit also guarantees you a spot for 2022, should we need to make any cancellations to the schedule due to any continuing COVID-19 protocols.

All dates and group bookings above are subject to change pending any relevant COVID-19 health protocols or decisions that are made between now and the start of our 2021 season.  Also, in the event that we are required to enforce and implement socially distanced occupancy in our group areas as part of this, we will advise of this accordingly and adapt with you as needed to accommodate your group as we can, or alternatively move you to a date in 2022 when restrictions are relaxed.

More information on our group party areas can be found on our web site at https://harbourcats.com/group-party-deck-options/

To book your spot, or for more information on any of the HarbourCats 2021 group party deck options, please contact Christian Stewart, Assistant General Manager, Ticketing and Media via e-mail (chris@harbourcats.com) or phone 778-265-0327 (office).

Office hours through February are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

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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).

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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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