Home Run Derby Announced

by Jake Eagle

While COVID-19 may have forced the cancellation of the IBL season, the Guelph Royals announced today that it will host a home run derby in August.  The 8-player, single elimination tournament will feature 5 minute rounds with a 30 second time out.  

Sean Reilly, the league’s all-time home run leader, has confirmed his attendance and more player announcements will be made shortly.  The nature of the event allows for social distancing at all times.   

In partnership with Memory Tree Productions, video of the home run derby will be shot in 360 VR giving fans a rewarding viewing experience from the safety and comfort of their own home.  More details to follow so be sure to follow the Guelph Royals on social media.

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2020 season will mark the IBL’s 102nd in operation. The IBL is the fifth-longest continually operated baseball league in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland, and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.