Victoria HarbourCats

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Victoria HarbourCats
League West Coast League (West)
Location Victoria, British Columbia
Ballpark Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park (capacity 2,867 baseball, expandable to 5,200)
Year founded 2012
Colors Navy blue, aqua blue, white
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Mascot Harvey the HarbourCat
2014 Season 25-29
Ownership Shwing Batter Investment Group (Ken Swanson, Rich Harder, John Wilson, Jim Swanson)
Management Jim Swanson (General Manager/VP)
Coach Graig Merritt (Head Coach)

The Victoria HarbourCats[1] are an amateur baseball team located in Victoria, British Columbia.[2] The HarbourCats play in the West Coast League (WCL), a collegiate summer baseball league. The team's home games are played at Victoria's Royal Athletic Park.[3]

The HarbourCats were founded in 2012 as an expansion team. On October 12, 2012, the team announced it would be called the HarbourCats after a public naming contest was held that received more than 600 submissions.[4]

In 2013, with co-coaches Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller, the HarbourCats finished their inaugural season in fourth place in the league's North Division with a record of 22-32.[5]

History[edit]

2014[edit]

The Victoria Harbourcats went 25-29 in their 2nd season of play in the WCL. Victoria set the record for the most at-bats by a whole team having 1937 at bats in just one season. Victoria drew 45,571 fans through the gates in 30 home games, averging about 1,576 fans a night. This put Victoria first in WCL attendance in the 2014 season.

Head Coaches[edit]

On September 4, 2012, the HarbourCats announced that Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller would be co-head coaches for the team's inaugural season.[6] Dennis Rogers is also the head coach of the Riverside City College baseball team and Bob Miller holds the same position at Cuesta College. Both coaches will returned for the 2014 season.[7]

Ownership Change[edit]

Founder and original owner John McLean, who had changed GMs with Holly Jones leaving and Jim Swanson coming in, would lose the team in a civil claim, part of a larger lawsuit involving his other interests, in BC Supreme Court in the fall of 2014, taken over by the Bhootan Group, led by Matthew Stoudt. Bhootan would then sell the team to local ownership led by John Wilson, Jim Swanson, Ken Swanson and Rich Harder, who took care of local debts and put the team on solid footing and in proper management.

The new local ownership group would see a WCL attendance record set in the group's first game, with 4,627 watching the HarbourCats beat the Kelowna Falcons on June 5, 2015, by a score of 9-3.

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