Off-Season News From The IBL

From the IBL:

Roy Steps Down As Baycats GM, Field Boss

Photo: Brian Backland

The Barrie Baycats Baseball Club regretfully accepts the resignation of general and field manager Angus Roy.

Roy joined the Baycats in 2002 where he pitched until 2007.

During that period he was signed by the Boston Red Sox organization in 2003 but returned to dominate the Intercounty Baseball League as Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

He was the winning pitcher in game six of the Baycats’ first Championship in 2005, going all nine innings.

Roy has many achievements in the IBL including being an eight-time All-Star who led the Baycats to seven IBL Pennants and six straight IBL Championships.

A seven-time IBL Champion, Roy is on the Top 100 IBL Players All-time list.

Angus became the Baycats’ on-field manager in 2007 and was named Manager of the Year in the same year and Manager of the Year again in 2017.

He added to his responsibilities by taking on the role of general manager in 2014 and was voted Executive of Year in the same year.

As the manager, he took the Baycats to the IBL finals in 10 of the past 11 seasons. His philosophy with his players were evident at all times: “Team above self.”

As the general manager, he had a knack of searching out players and imports who made a difference in outcomes.

Throughout his GM career, a positive relationship between Angus and the team executives existed, always on the same page, working together.

There is little doubt Angus is grateful for this time.

“I would like to thank the Baycats organization for giving me the opportunity in the game I love. I have met some wonderful people over my time with the Baycats and for that, I am forever grateful. As I have said many times, this is family, the owners, the players, the volunteers, the fans and the sponsors all one big family working together. I wish the organization nothing but the best moving forward,” he said.

President David Mills had nothing but praise for Roy.

“Angus has demonstrated an immense knowledge of baseball and as a player, manager, and GM he has made the Baycats the successful franchise that it is today. Angus is a class act and a champion in so many ways. On behalf of the Baycats organization, volunteers, fans and players, thank you, Angus, and congratulations on an incredible 17 years.”

Baker Steps Down As Panthers Field Boss

Luke Baker will not be returning as the Kitchener Panthers manager in 2020.

Baker guided the Panthers to two straight IBL finals, losing in both 2018 and 2019 to the Barrie Baycats. In 2019, he was selected as the IBL Second Team All Star manager.

Panthers GM Mike Boehmer said, “We appreciate the good job Luke has done as our field manager the past two season, and we wish him all the best in the future. Luke brought a great deal of energy and passion to the position, and we will miss his enthusiasm, as well as his strong commitment to the Panthers.”

In addition to being the Panthers’ manager, he was a excellent ballplayer, playing  for the Panthers from 2000 to 2017, winning the IBL MVP Award in 2002. He holds the record for the most hits in a 36-game schedule.

The Panthers will immediately begin a search for a new manager.

IBL Seeks Umpire-In-Chief

The Intercounty Baseball League is currently accepting proposals for the position of Umpire-in-Chief.

Priorities include assigning and scheduling, supervision and acting as a liaison with the IBL Commissioner including as a resource regarding discipline.

As part of the IBL league practice, this position is historically a three-year term.

Please send your proposal by November 15, 2019 to Commissioner John Kastner at jkastner@theibl.ca.

Welland’s Ryan Harrison IBL Executive Of The Year

The Intercounty Baseball League is pleased to announce its 2019 Executive of the Year, Ryan Harrison, president and majority owner of the Welland Jackfish.

Moving from Burlington to Welland, the first-year Jackfish welcomed over 15,000 fans to Welland Stadium in 2019, second in average attendance among the eight member clubs.

Developing a fans first, fun always approach, the Jackfish held many unique theme nights including Tropical Night and Major League Night. Beyond providing their fans with affordable family fun on a weekly basis, the Jackfish organization is also committed to giving back to the Niagara community. The organization does this through a number of different initiatives that impact many different organizations in their area. Through their charitable initiatives, the Jackfish raised over $11,000 for the community.

Harrison said, “I am grateful to be surrounded by a top-notch group of people from everyone in the front office to the team on the field. It’s a testament to all of their hard work during our record-breaking inaugural season. Most of all I want to thank the fans for embracing the Jackfish as their community team and I’m looking forward to what this organization can accomplish next season.”

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top level baseball league in Ontario, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2019 season will mark the IBL’s 101st in operation. The IBL is the fifth-longest continually operated baseball league in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.

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