Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Special announcement at RAP tomorrow!

Is baseball coming back to Victoria in 2013? Invitations have been sent out for a "special announcement" at Royal Athletic Park tomorrow. It's very likely that the announcement will be that the City of Victoria has reached an agreement with an unnamed Vancouver businessman to bring baseball back to the City of Gardens.

The city has been negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the mystery owner of an expansion West Coast League (WCL) franchise since February. The WCL features elite NCAA players playing a 54-game schedule from June to mid-August. League alumni include Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies, Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, Nyjer Morgan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Tommy Hanson of the Atlanta Braves. In the 2012 Major League First Year Player Draft conducted last week, 53 players from the West Coast League were drafted by Major League clubs.

Stay tuned to this blog for more details as they become available!

2 comments:

  1. Collegiate baseball franchise to begin playing in Victoria in 2013

    BY CLEVE DHEENSAW, TIMESCOLONIST.COM JUNE 12, 2012 8:02 PM

    The West Coast League, featuring top U.S. collegiate NCAA players in summer baseball, will announce Wednesday it has awarded Victoria a franchise that will begin play at Royal Athletic Park for the 2013 season.

    “The City of Victoria and the league have worked hard to put a package together that will work for the people of Victoria. We have reached that point,” said WCL president Ken Wilson.

    The city has called a press conference for Wednesday morning at Royal Athletic Park to make the announcement.

    “It's finally done. All the parties will be there,” Wilson confirmed.

    The Victoria team has not yet been named. “We like to hold a contest in each of our cities and let the community select the name,” said Wilson.

    The owner of the Victoria team will be revealed today.

    A total of 54 WCL players were selected in last week’s 2012 Major League first-year player draft and 45 were taken the year before in the 2011 draft. “We are really excited by that,” said Wilson.

    “We are to baseball what the WHL is to hockey, although our players enter our league at 18 or 19 years old and not 16 like the WHL.”

    Teams in the WCL operate like pro clubs on a for-profit basis with all the promotions fans would expect in a minor-pro setting. Each team plays 54 games from June through August, with 27 at home. The league currently has nine teams — five in Washington state, three in Oregon and one in B.C. — the Kelowna Falcons.

    Average per-game attendance last year was 1,113.

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  2. Thanks, PJC. We now have official confirmation!! We'll be attending the press conference and we'll have all the details on our blog afterwards.

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