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CAPITALES NAMED ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
Fifth time winning honors for Quebec

Durham, N.C. -- For the second time in three years, the Quebec Capitales have been named the Can-Am League's Organization of the Year. The selection was made by league directors at this week's league meeting in New Jersey.

The Capitales earned the honor as part of an extremely successful 2017 campaign, as Quebec won the league championship, and had seven players named to the all-star team.

CAN-AM ALUM PART OF CUBS-NATIONALS SERIES
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Quick now, who has been the best known former Can-Am League personality in uniform for the National League Division Series between Washington and the Chicago Cubs? The answer is a 5-foot-11 native of Fall Branch, Tenn., who was in the league one decade ago (2007).

Will Little has been part of the six-man umpiring crew. Little is in a full postseason series for the first time, although he worked the American League wild card game between Baltimore and Toronto one year ago.

CATCHING UP WITH SOME FORMER CAN-AM PLAYERS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

The list goes on and on of former Can-Am players working their way through major league farm systems.

Right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro recycled his career after being released out of Triple-A by Miami last season, pitching three times (1-0, 0.77) for Sussex County until Arizona noticed his talent and signed the Dominican native for this season.

The 26-year-old pitched at three levels in the Diamondbacks' farm system, dominating in Class AA with an 8-1, 3.39 log in 19 appearances (11 starts) for Jackson, TN.

HEART, DETERMINATION PAY OFF: COLABELLO, PAVLIK PRIME EXAMPLES
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Undersized for a pitcher at only 5-foot-8, LHP Isaac Pavlik had three opportunities in his 20s with major league farm systems (Colorado, San Diego, Chicago Cubs), and even though he still feels capable of pitching in The Show, the New Jersey native decided he wants to pitch as long as possible wherever the opportunity is.

That has been almost exclusively with the New Jersey Jackals, where he has won exactly 100 regular-season Can-Am games, including going 10-5 in 20 starts this summer.

FORMER JACKAL HELLWEG HELPS ALTOONA TO DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Johnny Hellweg has been pitching professionally for 10 seasons including a 42-day stay in the major leagues four years ago when the Milwaukee Brewers gave him seven starts (1-4, 6.75), but the 6-foot-7 Michigan native could not have imagined what was ahead of him after he had saved 19 games for the New Jersey Jackals and his Can-Am contract was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization with a mere 10 days remaining in the minor league campaign.

QUEBEC CAPITALES - 2017 CAN-AM LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
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Quebec stormed out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play and would never look back as they defeated Rockland in game three, 9-3, to win the 2017 Can-Am League championship. The Capitales pounded out 12 hits in the contest with five batters having multi-hit games. Quebec LF James McOwen went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and RBI while DH Balbino Fuenmayor added a pair of blasts and three runs batted in.

This is the Capitales seventh title in the Can-Am League and the first one since 2013.

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