Manager #Hal Lanier has decided to return to the helm of the Ottawa Champions for a third season in 2017. The veteran skipper led the Champions to a #Can-Am League title last year and won the league’s Manager of the Year award, too. Lanier has recorded a 96-98 record through his two seasons with Ottawa after becoming the club’s first manager on Nov. 18, 2014. “I enjoyed this past season so much,” said Hal Lanier. “This was one of the closest teams I’ve ever managed and I just didn’t want to let them down after all the success we had," he added.

"The All-Star Game being in Ottawa in 2017 played a big role too because it’s going to be a great event for the city and the fans.”

Played for San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees

Hal Lanier played for the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees during a 10-year major league playing career. Lanier was a .228 lifetime hitter with eight home runs and 273 RBI in 1,196 games played. Following his playing days as a slick infielder, he went on to manage the Houston Astros from 1986-1988, winning National League Manager of the Year in ’86. He also served as third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1981–85 on teams that included the 1982 World Series champs and the 1985 National League champions.

Hal Lanier later got his start in independent baseball during the 1995 season, managing the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Sussex Skyhawks, and Normal CornBelters before joining Ottawa in 2014.

The Ottawa Champions are already preparing for next season by announcing the signing of returning players LHP Yean Carlos Gil, team MVP OF/1B Kenny Bryant and all-star 2B Albert Cartwright.

Gil posted an 8-6 record with a 3.46 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 111.2 innings in the 2016 regular season. Bryant led the Champions with 11 home runs and 69 runs batted in while hitting .261 in 96 games. Cartwright posted a .292 batting average out of the leadoff spot and hit three homers and drove in 34 RBI in 91 games.

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