DURHAM, NC – At a press conference held today at Ottawa Baseball Stadium, Can-Am League Commissioner Miles Wolff officially announced the Ottawa Rapides as the name of the league’s newest member. Rapides was chosen from over 1,100 entries in Ottawa’s name-the-team’s contest and is a name that is synonymous with the rich river history of the city.
For centuries the Ottawa River waterway has been one of Canada’s major transportation routes. Extending for over 1,200 km (745.2 miles), the river starts far to the northwest at Lake Timiskaming and flows towards Ottawa and joins the St. Lawrence further east in Quebec. The Upper Ottawa River boasts Class III and IV rapids, the biggest whitewaters east of the Rockies. During spring flood, the water pounding down the river rivals some of the world’s big-water rivers.
The Rapides also introduced Ed Nottle as their first field manager. Nottle will be in his 16th season as an independent league skipper and his 29th overall as a minor league manager. Nottle’s managerial stops include Bend (Ore.), Brockton (Mass.), Duluth-Superior (Minn.), New Britain (Conn.), Pawtucket (Mass.), Sioux City (Iowa), Tacoma (Wash.) and Waterbury (Conn.). His 2003 Brockton club won the 2003 Northeast League championship.
He has managed at the Triple A level for both the A’s and the Red Sox and in 1981 he was Baseball America’s first-ever minor league Manager of the Year. He served as a major league coach with the Oakland A’s in 1983. Nottle has also been a minor league owner (the Sioux City Explorers), and his CD, To Baseball with Love, is played throughout minor league parks.
Rapides begin the season May 22 at home against the New Jersey Jackals.
We DEFINTITLY need to see a game with this new team now XD