Summer's perfect choice and perfect game: baseball

Baseball Canada has a new program: summer's perfect game. From left to right, double-A New Hampshire coach Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.),Blue Jays respected executive Stephen Brooks (Prince George, BC), Baseball Canada vice president Jason Dickson (Chatham, NB), OF Michael Saunders (Victoria, BC), Montreal mayor Denis Coderre (Montreal, Que.) and C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) were all at Olympic Stadium. 

Baseball Canada has a new program: summer's perfect game. From left to right, double-A New Hampshire coach Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.),Blue Jays respected executive Stephen Brooks (Prince George, BC), Baseball Canada vice president Jason Dickson (Chatham, NB), OF Michael Saunders (Victoria, BC), Montreal mayor Denis Coderre (Montreal, Que.) and C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) were all at Olympic Stadium. 

April 1st, 2016

Baseball Canada launches Summer’s Perfect Game


By Adam Morissette

MONTRÉAL – Baseball Canada in partnership with Baseball British Columbia, Baseball Alberta, Baseball Sask, Baseball Manitoba, Baseball Ontario, Baseball Québec, Baseball New Brunswick, Baseball Nova Scotia, Baseball P.E.I. and Baseball Newfoundland & Labrador launched on Friday Summer’s Perfect Game – a concept to promote baseball as the summer sport of choice for Canadians.

The announcement at the Olympic Stadium in Montréal prior to the start of the two-game exhibition series between the defending American League East champion Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox.

“We’re very excited to officially launch Summer’s Perfect Game,” said Baseball Canada President Ray Carter in a statement. “Baseball is enjoyed by thousands of Canadians each summer as players, coaches, officials or volunteers. Our goal, through Summer’s Perfect Game, is to promote our sport so that thousands more can enjoy the benefits that our game offers.

“Our registration numbers have experienced a steady climb recently including an 8% increase in 2015. With the success of our National Teams, a strong grassroots presence that includes programs for all, combined with the impact that the Toronto Blue Jays have in our country, baseball is alive and well in Canada.”

The event was emceed by former Canadian National Baseball Team player Marc Griffin from RDS and included a video presentation featuring Canadian professional baseball players Russell Martin, Michael Saunders, John Axford, Dalton Pompey and Josh Naylor, and Canadian Women’s National Team players Ella Matteucci and Ashley Stephenson.

Special guests included Stephen Brooks, vice president business operations with the Toronto Blue Jays, Jason Dickson, vice president Baseball Canada and His Worship Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre who announced an action plan for amateur baseball in the City of Montréal.

“Today, we are announcing an ambitious action plan for baseball that includes aiding in the development of baseball and improving facilities, while promoting the sport of baseball by welcoming events,” said Coderre. “We have noticed an increase in registrations among baseball associations in Montreal recently and some excitement with the popularity and growth of baseball. As a city, we need to support this excitement.”

Coderre, Brooks and Mr. Dickson joined Montréal native Russell Martin and Michael Saunders of the Toronto Blue Jays and coach Stubby Clapp on the field. 

For more information, please visit summersperfectgame.ca

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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.