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Équipe Québec Gets To Go HOME!

Over the last few weeks, there have been talks about Équipe Québec, currently a travel team in the Frontier League, being able to play home in Canada this season.

With the MLB announcing the Blue Jays return to Toronto, it began to look more and more promising that Québec would be able to return home as well.

On July 15th, Le Soleil – a newspaper based out of Québec – reported that July 30th was the intended date but was still pending some final clearances.

“We are going to play on July 30, in Quebec, all that remains is to ensure that the protocol is put in place to do so and meet the requirements that will be asked of us. It would surprise me enormously if it did not work ”, confided the president of the Capitales Michel Laplante.

Last night, Le Soleil again reported that Québec and Trois-Rivières were preparing to bring baseball to their home stadiums.

Finally today, the Frontier League made the announcement official. After a season of straight road games, long bus rides, hotel stays and not being able to return home… Équipe Québec will be able to return home and play games in Canada starting on July 30th.

FRONTIER LEAGUE TO BEGIN PLAY IN CANADA ON JULY 30

Opening of Canadian Border Enables Return Home for Équipe Québec

(July 21, 2021, Illinois) The Frontier League of Professional Baseball, along with member teams Québec Capitales and Trois-Rivières Aigles, has announced the start of Frontier League play in Québec Province beginning Friday, July 30th.

The two Québec teams, which for the 2021 baseball season have merged their players onto one team playing as Équipe Québec, along with their United States-based opponents, will be strictly following Canadian protocols and guidelines for travel in and out of the country and for hosting games in the cities of Québec and Trois-Rivières.  Until then, the team will continue its eleven consecutive weeks on the road in the US which began on May 27th.

“We are overjoyed to finally be playing games in Québec and to be doing so in a safe and responsible manner as required by the various Canadian governmental agencies” said Jon Danos, Frontier League CEO.  “Since the Frontier League’s merger with the Can Am League prior to the pandemic, we have envisioned this as a signature day celebrating the Frontier League’s unique footprint combining the two countries’ love of baseball and commitment to family friendly entertainment.”

The team will play 21 home games, shared between the cities of Québec and Trois-Rivières, from July 30th to September 12th.  Québec City will host three games vs. the New York Boulders at Stade Canac beginning Friday, July 30th and Trois Rivières will host the Tri-City ValleyCats at Stade Quillorama for three games beginning Tuesday, August 3rd.

Team officials with the Québec Capitales and Trois-Rivières Aigles will continue their collaboration with governmental agencies to ensure full compliance with evolving safety and sanitation protocols.

River City Rascals will Cease Operations After The Season

It has been anything but a slow Frontier League off day for the River City Rascals and their fans in O’Fallon, Missouri.

News came out this afternoon that the Rascals will cease operations after the 2019 Frontier League season.

The River City Rascals began as the Zanesville Greys in 1993 during the Frontier League’s inaugural season. The Greys played from 1993 to 1996. The team was inactive for the 1997 and 1998 seasons before moving to the city of O’Fallon, Missouri in 1999 as the River City Rascals.

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August 12, 2019

PS&J Baseball notifies City of O’Fallon that the River City Rascals will cease operations at the end of the year; O’Fallon to seek new team for 2020 season

The City of O’Fallon was informed by PS&J Baseball, LLC, owners of the River City Rascals, that the team will cease operations at the end of the year, ending a 21-year run in O’Fallon.

The City and the Rascals had previously agreed to a one-year lease for 2019 with the intention of working towards a long-term lease. However, after considering several options for the 2020 season and beyond, PS&J Baseball determined that the 2019 season will be the team’s last. The City will now begin discussions with other potential tenants for the 2020 season.

“Although we are disappointed to hear the Rascals are ceasing operations at the end of the year, we are grateful for 21 years of Rascals baseball, and we wish the players, coaches and front office personnel the best,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “The team has entertained thousands of O’Fallon residents over the years and will always be a part of our City’s rich history. Our staff is already in contact with potential new tenants, and we will begin discussions with them to ensure that our beautiful stadium offers great entertainment for our residents in future years.”

“We are grateful to the residents and business owners who have supported our organization for the past two decades,” said David Schmoll, General Manager of the Rascals. “O’Fallon has been a great location for our team over the years, and it will continue to be a great location for minor league baseball in the future.”

The Rascals lease will officially terminate at the end of the year. The team and the City will begin discussions on transitioning operations of the stadium back to the City or a future tenant. The Rascals will continue to host events at the stadium through the end of the year, and any organization who has events scheduled at CarShield Field between now and December 31, 2019, will be contacted to ensure their event goes as planned. Organizations who would like to have events in the stadium after December 31, 2019, should contact the City of O’Fallon Parks and Recreation office at 636-379-5575.