Two years ago the Edmonton Capitals were crowned the champions of the North American Baseball League. Now they will have gone two years without taking the field and defending their championship.
The Edmonton Journal spoke to Capitals vice-president Darryl Porter who does not sound too optimistic about future options;
“What we’ve been doing and what I’ve been doing personally is looking for the best league to play in,” Capitals vice-president Darryl Porter said recently. “It’s difficult. No matter what we do and what we look at, we’re an outpost.”
And of course since the NAL has folded its operations, a completely new league will have to take a chance on the club.
I have recently been having some rather interesting twitter discussions asking the question; Why is Independent Baseball in Canada not more successful than it is? I say this because they are so many past failures, it does make you wonder why.
The Independent Leagues are a fickle business where success on the field does not necessarily mean money in your pocket. Metro News reported that the team is looking to secure a long-term lease with the city for the use of Telus Field, however the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League are said have secured the field for some games this summer.
It’s obvious the Capitals are looking for a financially suitable solution and a league that has sustainability. How long that will take is unknown at this time.
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