The 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game will showcase a pair of former big leaguer pitchers going toe-to-toe on the mound this July 25 at RCGT Park.
Gatineau native and former Philadelphia Phillies RHP Phillippe Aumont has been given the starting assignment by Can-Am League manager Hal Lanier. Aumont is 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 57.2 innings over nine starts with the Ottawa Champions.
The highlight of the 2017 season for Aumont was a no-hitter he threw on June 28 against the Dominican Republic when he struck out 11 batters and walked only one.
“I thought he was the best person to do it, especially having the hometown crowd, I think he deserves it,” says Lanier, who is the manager of the Champions. “Maybe I’m playing a little favourites, but I should be.”
Aumont is one of four Ottawa players on the Can-Am League all-star roster along with teammates RHP Daniel Cordero, C Danny Grauer and OF/DH Sebastien Boucher.
American Association manager Rick Forney has tabbed St. Paul Saints ace and former Texas Rangers RHP Mark Hamburger to start for his squad.
The 30-year-old Hamburger is 9-1 with a 3.04 ERA in 12 starts for the Saints. This is his third season in St. Paul between stints in the Rangers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins organizations.
Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game are on sale and can be purchased online at http://www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613.745.2255, and in person at the RCGT Park box office.