‘Ottawa’ Ottawa Champions Ready For Second Can-Am League Season
For many guys who will wear Ottawa Champions uniforms this season, it’s about redemption, a second chance — hoping somebody will notice, maybe leading to an opportunity to wear a major-league uniform.
For many, it never happens. Occasionally, it does. And that’s why players like Champions shortstop Daniel Bick keep pushing along.
First, to the regular season, which opens Thursday night as the Champions, in their second Can-Am League year, host the New Jersey Jackals at RCGT Park.
“I think we’ve put together a good ballclub,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier. “Our defence is going to be very, very good. We have some better arms in the outfield, we have guys who can go get the ball. The infield will be solid with Bick and (Albert) Cartwright playing short and second. We have two quality catchers, both of them could be No. 1.”
Last year’s inaugural season saw the Champions wind up in fifth place with a 46-50 record, just missing the Can-Am playoffs