Tim Wieclawski/metro ottawa
Professional baseball is safe at home in Ottawa again.
The first pitch for the newly minted Ottawa Rapids of the Can-Am Baseball League will be thrown out at a home game on May 22 against the New Jersey Jackals, team owner Miles Wolff announced yesterday at a press conference to unveil the name and French and English logos of the city’s new team.
Wolff, who is also the Can-Am League commissioner, said the team name was chosen from over 1,000 entries submitted to an online contest and to appeal to fans in Ottawa and Gatineau.
"There are 300,000 people on the other side of the river, it’s a big market and we need all the fans we can get," he said.
The Rapids’ inaugural team manager Ed Nottle brings 48 years’ experience to the club and loved Lynx Stadium, which will likely be renamed Rapids Stadium in honour of the team.
Councillor Bob Monette said the Ottawa Lynx’s April starts may have been a problem.
"Starting games on April 4 was maybe one of the reasons baseball struggled before," he said at the launch event, a reference to the Ottawa Lynx triple-A team that moved last year due to poor attendance.