The activities in 2021 in the Puribec Baseball League start this Friday when the Le Shaker team from Rimouski visits Rivière-du-Loup. The first local game in Rimouski will be presented on June 27 at 2 pm against La Pocatière. After several months of uncertainty, the leaders propose a schedule of 18 games in addition to the playoffs.
This year, seven teams will fight for top honor. The Matane and Edmundston teams withdraw from the circle. Matane takes a break due to lack of players. This decision may be revised in a future season. As for Edmundston, the presence of American players (Maine) on this team makes their participation impossible given the closed borders. The Grand Falls team can join the league this year.
“It may happen that Matane returns in the future. They did not take a year off. Instead, they have left the league for now. So we made a special draft for the players of Matane, what is called a final draft … It is not a loan like last year. The draft players will really belong to the teams, unlike the COVID draft in 2020 where the players had the opportunity to come back to play for their team a year later, “said Denis Bérubé, president of the circuit.
New this year, the conventional score on sheets of paper will be replaced by the online platform iScore, which allows baseball fans in Bas-Saint-Laurent and New Brunswick to follow all the games live for free on their smartphone or tablet.
To do that, all you have to do is download the iScore Central application, which is available on Apple and Android. Fans will be able to follow the companies of their favorite team. It will also be possible to follow a game live by going to the league’s website calendar (www.baseballseniorbsl.ca), then by clicking on the icon and clicking on the icon announcing that a match is in progress and available “, details M. Bérubé.
Another news: as professional leagues, the circuit adopts an official ball. The Puribec ball will be used by all teams. This will include the president’s signature and will have the inscription “Ligue senior Puribec” and the logo of this partner.
- In 2021, the seven teams that are present will play the finals.
- The All-Star Game will not take place this year.
- Each field will be able to receive as many bubbles of 250 spectators as the field can contain.
- On Sunday 27 June in Rivière-du-Loup, for the first time in Bas-Saint-Laurent, the training day for Claude Raymond will take place for 15-year-old players. An activity that makes it possible to select some of the 18 players who will form the best team in Quebec.
Finally, Puribec commits to a three-year contract as an official sponsor. “Our commitment to this league has lasted for 16 years. We are pleased to be able to expand this financial support to this circle and to contribute with Baseball Quebec to the development of young baseball players with Minor Baseball Day which is presented every year in each of the municipalities to the teams in this league, pleases Cédric Brisson, representative in Puribec.