Michel Laplante noted that the fact that the face of the Capitals is a little bit modified there may not be such a bad thing after a difficult season where they have recorded the worst card in their history.
23 October 2019 0h01
The Capitals will have to deal with an age limit
While the governors of the older teams in the League Can-Am independent baseball are working to put the final touches to the new regulations after the merger with the League of the Frontier, one thing seems certain : these courses will now have to cope with an age limit for their players and this limit may be set to 26, 27 or 28 years old.
In short, the capital cities of Quebec, which has long been the oldest team in the circuit, will probably have to rejuvenate. “I do not believe that the change will be so major as that”, explains the president of Capes, Michel Laplante, the output of a meeting of the former governors of the Can-Am with a view to the final adoption of the regulations in November. “We are working to the limit is 28 years, with possibly three or four veterans per team who may have more than 28 years. I believe this could be accepted,” said Laplante. The age limit was 26 years old last season in the League Frontier.
“The advantage that the Capitals had in the past is that we had several players who could almost not play outside of Quebec because they had no visa to play in the United States. Of cuban players such as Yurisbel Gracial and Yordan Manduley, Dutch as Kalian Sams, Rene Leveret, who came from Saint-Martin or of Canadians as Jonathan Malo, Jordan Lennerton, or Karl Gélinas in which the american teams did not have a visa because they preferred to keep them for younger players. With a limit of four veterans per team, it would look like more to other teams of the Can-Am as the Capitals of the past five years,” he continued.
Laplante adds that his manager Patrick Scalabrini had mentioned losing a lot of good young players of 22 to 24 years of age in recent years, because they preferred the League Frontier, which made them more likely to return to the baseball affiliate.
For its part, Scalabrini stated that he wished to keep his chain cuban even if the new regulations came in to complicate things in this matter. “I returned to Cuba in January. It would hurt me to stop this relationship, in which one has invested a lot of time and money,” he says, adding that it would be well Manduley return to Quebec, may be with a skilled player who would be under the age limit of the League Frontier.
The managers of the Frontier must also align to the maximum 12 players who are not recruits. “It will necessarily require that I change my sources of contacts for the recruitment. I will follow may be more of the good young players that come out of universities in the us and less with the guys in the thirties. It would be surprising to see two former pitchers of the major, such as Dustin Molleken and Scott Richmond in the alignment of the Capitals at the same time, for example.”
Moreover, Michel Laplante noted that the fact that the face of the Capitals is a little bit modified there may not be such a bad thing after a difficult season where they have recorded the worst card in their history. “After a year like that, I don’t think you can close the door to change. In addition, during the seasons 2009 to 2013, those of our five championships and consecutive, the majority of our players were in the twenties”, he concludes.
On the other hand, the Capitals also unveiled their schedule 2020, which provides for 48 home games and on the road. The team will play less games at the Stadium Canac in August, down 13 compared to 19 last summer, and in June (12 rather than 15), but will play six home games in September. The number of home games in may will be increased from seven to six and will remain to nine in July for the season, which will begin on may 15 and will end on 6 September. Among the 13 teams competing, only the Slammers in Joliet, and the Crushers of Lake Erie will not come to Quebec, and will receive instead the Capitals for a series of three matches.