Baseball Canada Banquet set for January 13

 Montreal native Chris Leroux (middle with rose), star of The Bachelor Canada, will be one of the alumni returning for Baseball Canada's National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser on January 13. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Montreal native Chris Leroux (middle with rose), star of The Bachelor Canada, will be one of the alumni returning for Baseball Canada's National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser on January 13. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - The brightest young Canadian baseball stars will take centre stage on Saturday, January 13 as the 16th annual Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet & Fundraiser, presented by Rogers is set to take place at the newly named Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel inside Rogers Centre.

Former first-round picks Josh Naylor and Mike Soroka reached double-A in 2017 as 19 year-olds and represented Canada in the Future’s Game during All-Star weekend in Miami vaulting them to the cusp of the big leagues. Naylor finished his 2017 campaign with an All-Star performance in the Arizona Fall League while Soroka earned Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year honours.

The youth movement will also include slugger Tyler O’Neill of the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Landon Leach from the Minnesota Twins, Gareth Morgan from the Seattle Mariners, Andy Yerzy from the Arizona Diamondbacks and a pair of rising Canadian stars eligible for the 2018 Major League draft in Noah Naylor and Denzel Clarke.

“It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Canadian baseball with so much young talent on its way to the big leagues,” said Greg Hamilton, coach and director of national teams with Baseball Canada. “We look forward to celebrating these young players with our current National Team alumni in an environment that fosters future National Team success.”

Pan Am Games gold medalist and former big leaguer Chris Leroux, currently making headlines on season three of The Bachelor Canada, will be on stage to talk about his experiences in becoming a reality TV star in a segment that you will not want to miss!

Leroux will join a slew of National Team alumni for an evening that will honour current and former National Team success.

In addition to the annual awards presentation, the evening will include a cocktail hour and silent auction featuring unique fantasy sports packages from the likes of Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs), Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks), tickets to the MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby, NCAA college football games along with several autographed pieces of baseball memorabilia.

There will be a pre-banquet press conference beginning at 3:30 pm E.T., on January 13, in the Aurora Room of the Marriott City Centre Hotel at Rogers Centre (Aurora Room is adjacent to the Northern Lights Ballroom).

Tickets to the event are $500 per person and tables of eight and ten guests are also available for purchase. Baseball Canada has registered charitable status.

For more information, please contact Greg Hamilton, Director of National Teams, at 613-748-5606 ext. 225 or via e-mail at ghamilton@baseball.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.