Rakkar, Richmond added to Pan Am, Kleven, Loewen, Molleken out

RHP Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ont.) and RHP Scott Richmond (North Vancouver, BC) have been added to the Pan Am Games for Canada.

RHP Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ont.) and RHP Scott Richmond (North Vancouver, BC) have been added to the Pan Am Games for Canada.

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Baseball Canada had added RHP Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ont.) and RHP Scott Richmond (North Vancouver, BC) have been added to the Canadian Men’s Team that will represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games from July 11-19 in Ajax.

RHP Colin Kleven (Kamloops, BC), LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) and RHP Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) were previously named to the roster, but have since withdrawn.

One spot on the 24-player roster remains open with a decision still pending.

Rakkar, 24, is a member of the Chicago Cubs organization and is currently with their High-A affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. In 20 relief appearances with the Pelicans, he has a 1-1 record, a 2.33 ERA and nine saves. He will be participating with Baseball Canada’s National Teams program for the first time.

Richmond, 35, is currently a member of the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association. In 2014, he was a member of the Texas Rangers organization pitching for their Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express. Richmond spent parts of four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and is a veteran of the National Teams program having been a member of the 2007 World Cup, 2008 Olympic Qualifier and 2009 World Baseball Classic teams. In 2011, he helped Canada capture the gold medal at the Pan Am Games and a bronze medal at the World Cup.

The Canadian Men’s National Baseball Team will compete at the Americas Baseball Festival from July 6-8 in Cary, North Carolina before opening the Pan American Games on July 11th against the Dominican Republic at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.

Roster – Canadian Men’s Baseball Team
Schedule – Pan American Games
Schedule – Americas Baseball Festival

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.