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Batting Last, Jim Watson: Whopper Watch

This is grim. How much did Mayor Jim Watson know about bringing Double-A baseball to Ottawa? Very, very little. Case in point. Watson in an interview with the Citizen’s Joanne Chianello said that Triple-A baseball was too rich for Ottawa’s … Continue reading

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You Fund City Hall Swag: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Rob Snow and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray look at the ridiculous waste of councillor “swag” at city hall and they discuss the hopeless prospects for a Can-Am baseball team in the city. In fact, the Can-Am League is not … Continue reading

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Watson’s Baseball Pipe Dream

Maybe it’s time for Mayor Jim Watson to come clean on the baseball situation in Ottawa … if Watson even knows what the status of the ball team is. Watson is touting baseball coming to Ottawa but that appears very … Continue reading

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Baseball Decision Appealed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: Subject: Baseball Stadium – Appeal Sent on behalf of M. Rick O’Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor Mayor and Members of Council, I am writing further to my earlier message of March … Continue reading

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Baseball Litigation Concludes

This a release from the City of Ottawa. Remember that the Can-Am League mentioned below is the same loop that the city awarded the franchise for running baseball at Ottawa Stadium. The Can-Am League will not operate this summer:

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Jim Watson’s Baseball Top 10 List

Here are the Top 10 things Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said about his rather botched baseball file. No word on what he said about the casino or bridge files. His Worship speaks below: 1. Just like our new Can-Am League … Continue reading

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Does Ottawa Still Have A Baseball Deal?

Bulldog Ottawa is just throwing this out there, but consider it. If the Can-Am League, which the city has an agreement with for a franchise in 2015, is now operating as a division of the independent American Association because it … Continue reading

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Can-Am Team Folds; League Joins American Association

The Can-Am division of the American Association has only four teams left. — The Newark Bears are no more and the Can-Am Mortgage and Loan League has joined the American Association as a division of its western cousin for the … Continue reading

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Where Did The Baseball Stadium Go?

Ahh, the amazing disappearing baseball stadium. Bulldog Ottawa was looking through the new set of publicity plans on ottawa.ca for the light-rail project when we spotted a box touting the pedestrian bridge to the train and light-rail station. Just one … Continue reading

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How Baseball Pays For Arts Court

Real baseball at Ottawa Stadium. What a concept. — When the bidding for baseball finished, two surprises occurred. First, the candidate Mandalay Baseball that wanted an ambitious program for Double-A level ball was surprised it lost having been in negotiations with … Continue reading

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Our City’s Troubled Projects: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Rob Snow and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray take on the issues of the city’s troubled bridge projects, the baseball proposal and the municipality’s problematic bidding process on the Afternoon Edition. To hear a podcast of the broadcast, see below:

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Save Ottawa Stadium

A Bulldog Ottawa reader stresses the importance of keeping Ottawa Stadium for baseball in this email to the news site: Ken: We spent a recent Sunday at The Ottawa Stadium as my 13-year-old son played a baseball doubleheader against a … Continue reading

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Watson’s Baseball Economics

Here is Mayor Jim Watson on why he opted for Can-Am League baseball instead of the Double-A brand Eastern League that the city had tried to land for years. It’s a case of odd priorities. Watson massively overspends on light … Continue reading

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Baseball Strikes Out: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Rob Snow and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss the fiasco that is the city’s baseball leasing decision at Ottawa Stadium. To listen to the Afternoon Edition broadcast on CFRA, click on the podcast player below:

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A Little Baseball Problem: Whopper Watch

“We’ve had some instability,” says Can-Am League Commissioner Miles Wolff. No kidding. The league was so surprised to be picked by city staff to operate out of Ottawa Stadium that the Ottawa Watsonators don’t even have an owner. Maybe Mayor … Continue reading

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The Secret Plan For Ottawa Stadium

As kept coming up during the negotiations for baseball, the wish of staff is to carve up the Ottawa Stadium site for development.

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Baseball Woes First, Light Rail Second

City finance committee voted Tuesday to lease Ottawa Stadium to the Can-Am League in an initiative that is bound to fail. The report from city staff on which this decision is based is brought to you by the same people … Continue reading

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Baseball Another Business Blunder By City

The city of Ottawa has had hideous trouble trying to conduct business over the past few years. The absolute botching of the baseball file is just one of a long string of business faux pas that even financial novices wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Get Out Of Dodge, Baseball Fans

Here’s what Mayor Jim Watson and his city staff are implicitly telling people in Ottawa who are even remotely interested in baseball:

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Double-A Baseball Bid ‘Negotiable’, Mandalay Says

Ottawa Stadium in the days of the Triple-A Lynx. — The losing bidder for the baseball rights to city-owned Ottawa Stadium says the $40-million figure for the municipal contribution to renovate the park was a top-end estimate that could be negotiated … Continue reading

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Baseball Bid Could Go To The Lawyers

College Councillor Rick Chiarelli said he is considering asking for an independent legal opinion on the bidding process for Ottawa Stadium baseball rights. In particular, Chiarelli, a member of the city finance committee, said Thursday he was concerned that councillors … Continue reading

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A Swing And A Miss On Baseball

This is what baseball once looked like in Ottawa.  — The Eastern League of Double-A baseball is the luckiest league in the world. Why? Because it’s not doing business with the City of Ottawa.

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A Brutal Baseball Decision

Glad Mayor Jim Watson is all warm and fuzzy about this. Unfortunately the city has chosen the cheap course and the Can-Am franchise will fail. — Mayor Jim Watson is all happy as a clam that he has secured the Can-Am League … Continue reading

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Watson’s Baseball Flop

Mayor Jim Watson is tweeting out Tuesday night that the city can’t afford $40 million for a Double-A baseball team. It’s unclear at this point how the city would be out $40 million but let’s take that it is true … Continue reading

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And Where Is The Baseball Parking?

The Ottawa Lynx failed because they didn’t have enough parking when most of their customers travelled to the game by Highway 417 next door. If you have a stadium like the Ottawa example beside the busiest highway in eastern Ontario, it’s not … Continue reading

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