The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) has set a target date of June 1st to begin its 102nd season. Historically the schedule begins the first weekend in May and this change was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league will stick with a 36-game schedule. Instead of declaring a champion around the Labour Day weekend, the IBL playoffs will end around the end of September.
Also at the meeting, the league approved a proposal from the director of umpires to adopt a new extra-inning rule during the regular season. Starting this year, the IBL will follow the MLB extra-inning rule that began during the 2020 season.
During extra innings, the team at bat will begin with a runner at second base. The runner will be the last at-bat out from the previous inning.
Recently the Hamilton Cardinals also announced the signing of catcher Jeremie Veilleux from Oakville, Ontario. Last season with McMaster Veilleux hit .333 with 4 doubles and 8 RBI’s in 12 games. Veilleux is currently in his fourth year at McMaster studying Honours Commerce focusing in Accounting.
“I have always wanted to play at the highest level I could, so when I was offered the chance to play for the Cardinals, it was a no brainer” said Veilleux. “Being a student at McMaster, I am always proud to represent the city of Hamilton and I am honoured to continue doing so for the Cardinals”.
Final changes are being made and the 2021 IBL schedule will be released in the coming days.
Source: Intercounty Baseball League