A “super team” consisting of players from the Capitals of Quebec, Eagles of Trois-Rivières and Ottawa Titans will replace the two Quebec teams this summer in the Frontier Independent Baseball League.
The closure of the border between Canada and the United States and uncertainty surrounding the possible reopening have forced the circuit to announce that the Capitals, Eagles and Titans will not be part of the Frontier League in 2021.
Capitales will thus join the best Canadian elements in the Eagles and Titans to form a team that will begin the season in the United States as a traveling team with the opportunity to play matches at the Stade Canac in Quebec and at the Stade Quillorama in Trois-Rivières.
The “super team”, whose name has not yet been determined, will consist of players from Capitales de Québec, led by Capitales boss Patrick Scalabrini and completed by Canadian players from the Eagles and Titans playlists.
As for the foreign players appearing in the Eagles and Titans list, they will be the subject of a draft that will take place on Thursday afternoon, among the 13 other teams in the Frontier League. They will therefore be able to play for the teams that draw them in 2021, but the Eagles and Titans will retain the rights in the following seasons. American pitcher Kevin McNorton, for example, will return to the Eagles list next season, although he will play elsewhere this year.
If I said yes to doing so, to spend several weeks away from my family, it’s because for me it’s a matter of loyalty to my list and the Canadian players.
The Canadian team will start the season on May 27 against the Gateway Grizzlies, Ill., And play the first half of the season on the road. She will be able to play 28 home games in Quebec and Trois-Rivières if the border is reopened.
Scalabrini at the controls
“If I said yes to doing it, to spend several weeks away from my family, it’s because for me it’s a matter of loyalty to my list and the Canadian players. I keep my first list, and then I will complete my team as needed with Canadian players from the Eagles and Titans. So I want the best Canadian players available to send the best possible team to the field this year, “Scalabrini explained to Sun Saturday night.
In short, even if, for example, outfielder Jhalan Jackson is American and shortstop Gift Ngoepe is South African, these players from Capitals will not be subject to Thursday’s draft and will be part of Scalabrini’s list this summer.
“We are trying to get the best out of the situation we are in. We believe that the scenario we will present over the next few days can make optimal use of today’s conditions. Our government, our city and the other teams have all been great partners, and we are blessed with the support we have received. We will soon unveil an attractive follow-up to our plan, “said Michel Laplante, President of Capitals, in a press release.
René Martin, president of the Eagles, was in the same direction. “There is no perfect solution, but the opportunity to present games in Trois-Rivières this year as we prepare for the 2022 season is the best case scenario for us,” he added, suggesting that this was a situation that was completely out of the question. his control.
For Titan’s vice president Regan Katz, it is a one-year postponement as the team was to join the Frontier League this year. “It is not an easy decision, but we think it is the fairest. We thank all our staff, players and coaches for their commitment to the Ottawa Titans. We also thank our supporters as well as our business partners. “We wish the team from the province of Quebec good luck in 2021, and the Titans will now devote their resources to preparing for the 2022 season and overcoming the challenges of the pandemic,” he concluded.