All-Star 2B Albert Cartwright is going out on top after nine professional seasons, the last two with the Ottawa Champions.
Cartwright announced his retirement today from the Champions who won the Can-Am League title in 2016. The 29-year-old from Nassau, Bahamas, batted .292 with three home runs and 34 RBI in 91 games for Ottawa in its championship year, which earned him all-star second baseman honours as voted by managers and executives.
He followed up his solid regular season with a productive post-season where he batted .262 with three more homers and nine RBI as Ottawa took home the Can-Am League title.
“I’m going to miss the game without a doubt, but the group of brothers I made in Ottawa and the city of Ottawa that took me in two years ago gave me a chance to display my talent,” says Cartwright. “My hat goes off to a first-class organization from the coaching staff to the front office.
“I thank Ottawa for making my baseball experience one to remember and I proudly say I left the game with my head held high as a champion.”
“Albert was terrific,” says Champions manager Hal Lanier. “He was a good top of the order guy, could bunt, steal, make things happen. I have nothing but praise for him.”
Cartwright was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 36th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur draft. He played four seasons in the Astros system, advancing as high as Double-A Corpus Christi in 2010, before moving on to the Philadelphia Phillies organization where he played as high as Double-A Reading.
In his nine professional seasons, Cartwright batted .268 with 40 home runs and 269 RBI in 791 games.
Meanwhile, Ottawa Champions single game tickets are on sale for all 2017 games, including Opening Weekend starting May 18, the Cuba and Dominican Republic series and Canada Day.
Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25 in Ottawa are also on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613.745.2255, or at the RCGT Park box office.