Junior National Team to appear on Sportsnet in March

 The Canadian Junior National Team will play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. on March 17. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Canadian Junior National Team will play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. on March 17. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - For the second year in a row, the Junior National Team’s annual Spring Training contest against the Toronto Blue Jays will be broadcast nationally as Sportsnet revealed their 2018 Blue Jays Spring Training Broadcast Schedule on Monday.

The March 17 game will be shown on Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet NOW and can be heard across the Sportsnet Radio Network live from Dunedin Stadium beginning at 1 pm E.T.

This marks the seventh time in the last eights years that the two clubs have met in spring training and the fourth consecutive year in Dunedin after the first three editions took place at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg.

“We’re very fortunate to have the support of both the Blue Jays and Sportsnet to play this game each year and broadcast across the country,” said Junior National Team manager Greg Hamilton. “This game has become an event that our program and players looking forward to each year and are extremely appreciative for.”

The Junior National Team will open spring training on March 15 at the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg that will run until March 24. In addition to the game against the Blue Jays, the squad will hold daily practices and play a schedule against minor league clubs from the Tigers, Phillies, Orioles and Rays organizations.

2018 Junior National Team Schedule

 

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.