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Adron Chambers (26) returns to the Champions after signing a new contract. (Ron Patey photo)

The Can-Am League winning Ottawa Champions have re-signed OF Adron Chambers to a deal for the 2017 season. Chambers, 30, was acquired in an August trade with the Gary SouthShore RailCats.

 

He brings speed at the top of the batting order as he contributed a .304 batting average with one home run and 10 RBI in 24 regular season games with Ottawa. He posted a .289 average and six RBI in the Champions nine playoff games. Overall, the Pensacola, FL, native hit .276 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 56 combined games with Ottawa, Gary SouthShore, and the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Chambers was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round of the 2007 draft and played parts of three seasons with the Cardinals, winning a World Series in 2011 and reaching another in 2013. He also spent time with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in the Chicago Cubs organization.

Champions open season against the Aigles

Meanwhile, the Champions released their 2017 schedule and they will begin defence of their 2016 Can-Am League title with five games at RCGT Park against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles starting on May 18. The series will be a matchup of the last two league champions.

For the third straight year Champions fans will get to catch international baseball, as two international teams will tour the Can-Am League throughout the month of June. Ottawa will play 18 day games at home during the 2017 season, including matinees on Victoria Day, Canada Day, the Civic Holiday, and Labour Day.

Opening weekend against the Aigles will feature several festivities as the team celebrates its 2016 championship with a ring ceremony, banner raising and fireworks. The marquee event of the summer will be the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 25 at RCGT Park. The best and brightest from both leagues will descend on Ottawa for the league’s premier event. The game will be preceded by the Home Run Derby and Skills Competition on July 24.

– Ottawa Champions

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