So now we have independent ball … the lowest level of minor league baseball. It’s not drawing well. In contrast, imagine how excited Ottawans would be with a Blue Jay affiliate now that the Jays are contenders.
Baseball fans of the world … summer has officially arrived.
Well kinda. The weather might not be cooperating but there is something more reliable than warm weather in July and that’s the beginning of the Major League Baseball season. And that’s today.
To celebrate opening day, The Atlantic’s CityLab brings you seven of the most terrifying snack foods available at U.S. baseball parks.
If Mayor Jim Watson were choosing up sides for a pick-up ballgame at Pinecrest, they’d throw out the first pitch in 2017.
On Saturday, Bulldog Ottawa reported the Eastern League saying there was not enough time to prepare an Ottawa franchise for the 2014 season. This is the second time Watson has missed an EL deadline for Double-A ball — the first being for 2013.
McEacharn said talks in which he participated on Thursday and Friday in Toronto and Ottawa were “positive and constructive” but no deal was forged between the parties that would make baseball be ready for the 2014 season.
Meetings in Toronto and Ottawa today and Friday have come about because negotiations have reached a critical point, baseball insiders say.
One of the two companies interested in moving an Eastern League franchise to Ottawa has been put up for sale, according to a story in a major U.S. sports publication.
Baseballdigest.com is reporting that Mandalay Sports Entertainment is on the block. Mandalay and Professional Sports Catering are two names that were reported interested in bringing Double-A baseball to the city and helping renovate Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road to minor-league standards.
Ottawa Stadium and the Lynx when the city had a Triple-A baseball team.
Boston sports firm Beacon Sports is exploring interest from eight entities across the United States and Canada interested in bringing Double-A baseball to Ottawa.
Half of those organizations are in Ottawa or Toronto, said Richard Billings, managing director of Beacon.
A pre-game crowd for the Ottawa Lynx: The bid to bring baseball to Ottawa is far from over.
Is the proposal for an Ottawa Class-AA Eastern League baseball team dead? No, not by a long shot.
Has it had a hiccup? Yes it has, perhaps a significant one. However, reports that bringing an Eastern League club to Ottawa have failed are untrue, I’ve been told by a person close to the negotiations. In fact, the Eastern League is still helping with the negotiations. And those dealings are continuing as both my sources and the City of Ottawa have said.
This is a city internal document obtained by Bulldog Ottawa. This is the document that was expected to be released today as explained in the Bulldog post Tuesday night:
Dear Council colleague,
I am writing to update you on the progress being made in our efforts to bring professional baseball back to Ottawa.
This is the last out of the old Ottawa Lynx at the stadium on Coventry Road.
I’ve been beating the bushes lately trying to discover who is the local owner of the new Class AA Eastern League team scheduled to start in 2014.
It’s harder getting information on this than pulling Prince Fielder’s molars. Still there’s something troubling about all this.