Jrs. with coach Morneau set to face pros at extended

 OF Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.), who had one of the best March trips of anyone wearing red, is back with coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) and assistant coach Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC).

OF Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.), who had one of the best March trips of anyone wearing red, is back with coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) and assistant coach Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC).

April 11th, 2016

Baseball Canada Names 2016 Junior National Team Extended Spring Training Roster

By Adam Morissette
OTTAWA - Baseball Canada selected the names of 31 players invited to the Junior National Team’s extended spring training camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at ESPN Wide World of Sports from April 15-23.

The team will play an eight-game exhibition schedule against extended spring training clubs from the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. On April 20, the team will travel to Dunedin to take-on the Toronto Blue Jays extended spring club at the Bobby Mattick Complex.

Manager Greg Hamilton leads the coaching staff that will see coaches Hyung Cho and Mike Johnson return to the fold, while former National Team player Adam Stern and former Junior National Team coach Mike Lumley will attend as guest coaches. Also joining the staff as guest coaches are two individuals very familiar to Canadian baseball fans in former American League MVP Justin Morneau and 2015 Pan Am Games hero Pete Orr.

For Morneau, a member of the Junior National Team in 1999, the year that the program first began playing against pros in Orlando, the camp will provide a trip down memory lane.

“It will be special returning to where it all started when I was 17 before I began my professional career.” he said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with some of Canada’s top high school baseball players.”

Morneau, who is currently a free agent after playing with the Colorado Rockies in 2015, is presently rehabbing after undergoing elbow surgery in December.

“We’re very fortunate to have the alumni support of people that truly care about the Junior National Team program and Canadian baseball in general,” said Greg Hamilton. “Having two coaches in camp with the baseball experience of Justin and Pete will be a benefit to the entire program both on and off the baseball field.”

Extended Spring Training Roster Highlights:
- Seven players named to the roster (Josh Burgmann, Cooper Davis, Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier, Isaac Deveaux, Adam Hall, Luke Van Rycheghem and Andrew Yerzy) are holdovers from the team that represented Canada at the 2015 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan last September.

- 3B/OF Robbie Holmes (New Sarepta, AB) was named to the roster, but is unable to attend as he is participating in the Western Hockey League playoffs with the Regina Pats.

- C Victory Cerny (Winnipeg, MB) will be participating with the Junior National Team program for the first time. All other players named to the roster participated in the Spring Training Camp last month in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The extended spring training camp is the second of four camps scheduled for the Junior National Team program this season. In May, the team will participate in the annual Dominican Summer League camp, and in July, the team will travel to Havana, Cuba for a series of games against the Cuban U-18 National Team.


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.