Ottawa welcomes Frontier League baseball team for 2021

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The new Ottawa baseball team will begin playing in the Frontier League from 2021, the league announced on Friday.Ottawa will become the 15th team to join the league, which already includes two other Canadian clubs, the Capitales de Québec and the Aigles de Trois-Rivières, according to a league statement.

The team will be led by Sam Katz, owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and former mayor of Winnipeg, and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, owners of the Ottawa 67s and Ottawa Redblacks.

They jointly signed a 10-year lease for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton baseball stadium earlier this week. Katz’s team in Winnipeg plays for a separate league, the American Independent Professional Baseball Association.

The yet-to-be named team replaces the Ottawa Champions, who were left out when their former league, the Can-Am League, merged with the Frontier League after the 2019 season.

Founded in 1993, the Frontier League describes itself as the oldest independent professional baseball league. It claims to send more players to Major League Baseball than any other independent league.

Michel Laplante, president of the Capitals, said in the statement that the expansion of the Frontier League in Ottawa could bode well for future Canadian clubs who will join them, including in Montreal.

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