7/23/2020 : Phillies Minor League History - Ottawa Lynx
Time Period - 2007
Venue : Lynx Stadium
Cities : Ottawa, CA
Franchise History :
Ottawa Lynx :
The Ottawa Lynx competed in the International League ( AAA ) from 1993 to 2007. Over 15 seasons, the team was an affiliate of the Expos (1993–2002), Orioles (2003–2006), and Phillies (2007).
In late August 2006, the league approved the conditions to negotiate the sale of the team. The new owners moved the team to Allentown, PA beginning with the 2008 season, where they now play as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
The Stadium the Phillies teams played in :
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park - Ottawa, CA :
Also Known As: Ottawa Multipurpose Recreation Complex 1993-1997; Jetform Park 1998-2002; Lynx Stadium 2003-2008
Location: 300 Coventry Road.
Capacity: 10,332 (1998)
Dimensions (Left, Center, Right): 325-404-325 (1998)
The stadium opened prior to the 1993 Lynx season. After the departure of the Lynx in 2008, the City of Ottawa considered other proposals for the site but kept the stadium as a baseball facility. The Ottawa Rapidz of the Independent Can-Am League played there in 2008 with the Ottawa Fat Cats of the Inter-County Baseball League ( an independent collegiate league ) playing there from 2010 to 2012.
After a nearly two year negotiation the city signed a ten-year lease with the Can-Am League to field a team in 2015 ( Ottawa Champions ) however the league merged with the Frontier League after the 2019 season leaving the stadium without a tenant.
The Season :
2007 - Ottawa :
International League ( AAA ) ... Manager : John Russell ... 55-88 , 6th place ... Attendance : 126,894.
24 year old LHP JA Happ made 24 starts ( 118.1 IP ) ... he’s now in the major leagues entering his 14th big league season having pitched for the Phillies, Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates and now with the Yankees ... he went 20-4 with the 2016 Jays posting a 3.18 ERA in 195 IP
33 year old Catcher Dusty Wathan played in his final season ... he went into minor league managing the next season taking the helm of the Phillies short season club the Williamsport Cross Cutters ... he’d manage at every level in the organization over 10 seasons and is currently the third base coach for the big league Phillies.
33 year old Catcher Chris Coste played in 26 games before being promoted to the Phillies to make his major league debut ... he later became a valuable member of the 2008 WS Champion Phillies ... also was a writing buddy of mine after he published his book ... now a college and independent league coach as well as a long standing “Instructor” in the annual Phillies Phantasy Camp.
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