Burlington Herd heads into the playoff series with little in the way of prospects.

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July 30th, 2017



The 2017 regular season for the InterCounty Baseball League (IBL) comes to a close later this week with the playoff series to follow.

At this point the teams to watch are the Barrie Baycats who have gone 33-2 and the Toronto Maple Leafs who are the only team to beat the Baycats – they did that twice.

The Burlington Herd will be playing the London Majors in the quarter finals – the Herd was unable to beat the London Majors during the regular season, which suggests the Majors will move on to play the Toronto Maple Leafs who should take that series and go on to play either Kitchener or Hamilton – Kitchener is favoured to win that series – which gets the league to a final series between the Barrie Baycats and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs will go into that series as the under dogs – expect to see some really good competitive baseball.  Worth driving to Toronto to take in a game.

For the die hard Leaf fans they could look upon the baseball games as the whetting of their appetites for the coming hockey season.

2017 playof sched FINAL

The men who swing the bats do not get paid.

Did you know that the men who play for the Inter-County Baseball League (IBL) do not get paid?
IBL compensation rules, 2017 season state that: Payment for playing in the IBL is not allowed. Additionally, compensation is not allowed as an incentive.

The IBL rate for mileage for 2017 season will be a maximum of 0.40 per kilometre. Maximum flat rates for players for the 2017 season is $35.

Non-Canadians, who are unable to legally work, but staying “in town” for the season, may be subsidized for housing and food. The amount for food is not to be greater than $50 per diem and the amount for housing is to be the real cost incurred by the player or the team.

Players cannot accept cash, significant gifts or discounts or any financial compensation from third parties in return for playing in the IBL.

Violation of these rules may result in suspension of the player(s) involved as well as team officials. The team may also face forfeiture of games in which the identified player(s) appeared.

A lot of name changes for the Burlington baseball team – playoff wins have been scarce.
Back in 2010 InterCounty baseball was revived in Burlington when a team named the Twin,who started out in St. Thomas moved to Stratford in 2004 and then moved to Mississauga for the 2008 season and operated there for two years before moving to Burlington in 2011. They were renamed as the Burlington Bandits in 2013 and were taken over by new owners.  Two season later the team was once again sold to new owners and renamed the Burlington Herd.

New name, new look and a new location. The Bandits will play at the Burloak Sports Centre this season


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