Starting tonight, the 8th of July, the Barrie Baycats start their campaign to retain the title of Champions of Ontario baseball. 2020 was a washout with no baseball being played. 2021 bring a new look Baycats with only six players for the championship team returning. We went along to their final practice to talk to some of the team members and management.
JOSH MATLOW, GENERAL MANAGER AND FIELD MANAGER
We talked with Josh Matlow about the challenges he faces this year. With only six players coming back from the championship-winning team. The Baycats have basically a new group of players. It is Josh’s job to meld them into a team. With many new players and characters to deal with, it is not an easy job. With this year, having a condensed schedule of 30 games time is of the essence. From what we saw at the final practice, he has done a terrific job so far. The team seemed relaxed and were joking about each other, which is always a good sign. The season runs from the 8th of July through to the end of September, hopefully with a trophy in their hands.
INTRODUCING SOME OF THE PLAYERS
JUAN BENITEZ – PITCHER
Juan, who originally comes from the Dominican Republic, has a 91 to 92 mph fastball. Watching him pitch, it was difficult to follow the ball. We fear for the batters who face him. The Baycats have many great players, but we feel Juan could be the ace pitcher.
Josh Matlow says of Juan, “We are excited to add a big arm to our starting rotation. The resume and experience Juan brings to Baycats is extremely impressive and will help greatly in big situations and with the young pitchers. The fact he is also local is just the cherry on top. We think the fans will be very excited to watch Juan pitch this summer.”
KEVIN MILLAR – PITCHER
Kevin is one tall pitcher at 6′ 9″, we never got the chance to see him pitch. At only 19 he has huge future in front of him.
Josh Matlow says of Kevin, “Kevin is a huge arm, with his talent and mound presence we actually feel Kevin could be a starter in his first year with the Baycats, making him one of the youngest starters in the league.”
Millar said he cannot wait to get started with the Baycats. “I’m looking forward to the upcoming season and helping Barrie win another championship. The Baycats are a perfect fit for me to help develop my skills and play at a high level with the top team over the summer between my years at school.”
MIKE CHECHETTO – INFIELDER
Mike is one of the few who is returning to the Baycats from 2019. An imposing figure who has a good batting average brings his game every night. His experience will be a massive help to the team and to the younger players.
JALIR BETANCOURT LOPEZ – INFIELDER
Jalir comes originally from Cuba and has baseball in his blood. An easy-going nature will be a benefit when the heat is on. We never got to speak to him for long, but he is all revved up for the new season.
Barrie Uncovered will be returning through out the season to bring more news and photos from the Baycats. We urge Barrie residents to come and watch so you can see how good, professional and fun it can be.
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