Kinsmen Stadium will host some of Ontario’s top teenaged baseball players later this month.
Oshawa will host the Elite Baseball League of Ontario’s (EBLO) inaugural all-star games on Wednesday, Aug. 9 (15U/16U divisions) and Thursday, Aug. 17 (17U/18U divisions).
Baseball Oshawa president Ken Babcock, who is also the coach of the 17U Oshawa Legionaires, says the all-star games will provide “a really cool, unique experience”.
“It’s a great showcase for the league. Any good organization should have all-star games,” Babcock says. “It really adds some pizzazz and prestige.”
The all-star teams will feature representatives from each team in the EBLO, with additional players from higher ranked teams.
Rosters will be chosen by all EBLO coaches, with nominees ranked in order from highest to lowest.
The rosters will consist of nine pitchers and sixteen position players.
The Oshawa 16U Legionaires will be part of the West Team in the 15U/16U game and will have three representatives, the most of any team, while the Oshawa 17U Legionaries will represent the East Team in the U17/U18 game, also with three representatives.
Babcock believes the all-star showcases will boost Oshawa’s baseball profile.
“Maybe we could become a yearly host,” Babcock says. “Kinsmen Stadium is a really good location for an all-star game. It’s one of the best stadiums in the league if not the province.”