22 Jan Hamilton Cardinals Resurrected for 2018 Season Through Joint Ownership Program
Hamilton, ON – The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is pleased to announce that the Hamilton Cardinals baseball team will be back on the field this spring under new – joint – ownership.
The joint ownership program, modelled after the Barrie Baycats, which has a 20-person ownership group, will breathe new life into the team, ensure the team has the funding and support needed to once again become a competitive baseball club, and make team ownership an exciting and affordable reality for local baseball fans.
“Hamilton has a long history of baseball, but in recent years, maintaining that history and commitment has been in jeopardy,” said Intercounty Baseball League commissioner, John Kastner. “Under this new model, we believe the team is now in a position to be able to continue that history with a solution that will see this team supported in a new and sustainable way.”
Carmen’s Group and the City of Hamilton have both committed to helping facilitate the joint ownership program, and that work is underway. “We are thrilled to help rebuild one of Hamilton’s oldest flagship sports teams,” said PJ Mercanti, CEO, Carmen’s Group. “This is a fantastic opportunity for community funders and baseball fans alike to come together, support the team and experience great baseball, at an affordable price, close to home. There is tremendous potential for community engagement that we have here before us and we anticipate a great deal of interest.”
The City of Hamilton will use existing capital budget dollars to ensure Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium is ready to go for the Cardinals’ 2018 season, and together the IBL, Dean DiCenzo the team’s General Manager, Carmen’s Group and the City are working on a plan to recruit the new owners. As a starting point and in keeping with the proven Barrie model, the group is aiming for 20-25 joint owners at $5,000 apiece. A management board of five or six members will be elected by the ownership group.
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger previously met with team representatives and strongly supports rallying behind the team. “The Hamilton Cardinals have a long, 60-year history in this city and I could not be more pleased that they’re getting a chance to resurrect themselves through this new ownership model,” he said. “This team is passionate and resilient, and I look forward to seeing our community come together to support them this coming season, and for many seasons to come.”
Councillor Tom Jackson, Ward 6, City of Hamilton is also very supportive of the team’s revival. “I am delighted to see the community rallying around the Cardinals baseball team, they are an important member of our sports community,” said Jackson. I appreciate all of the work that has gone into ensuring the team remains part of our city, and we will continue to support the success of Cardinal’s baseball in the City of Hamilton.”
To inquire about becoming a joint owner of the Hamilton Cardinals, please contact PJ Mercanti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL):
The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top level baseball league in Ontario, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2018 season will mark the IBL’s 100th season. The IBL is the fifth longest continually operated baseball league in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Burlington and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.
About the Hamilton Cardinals:
Founded in 1958, and part of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL), the Hamilton Cardinals are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. They are the second oldest sports team in Hamilton and last won the IBL Championship in 1978. Players range in age from 19-35. Many are former major leaguers and minor pro players as well as current and former NCAA/U sports players. Home games are played at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. For more information, visit www.hamiltoncardinals.ca.