Though he has some reservations about the report, released earlier this month to improve the development of ice hockey in Quebec, sports commentator Rodger Brulotte believes the baseball situation in the La Belle province also needs major changes.
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“In baseball we have a problem right now, a big problem: we send our young people to play in the United States and most of them come back without a degree,” Brulotte criticized heavily during his visit to the podcast. Goals met, Wednesday. I find that disgusting. If we send them to the United States, that’s a big failure for me, which means we couldn’t build a strong program in Quebec. It’s not acceptable that we have to send our players outside because we didn’t develop such a program at home.
Believing his remarks would not please Baseball Quebec, Brulotte continued in his position, he also serving as Commissioner of the Quebec Junior Elite Baseball League (LBJÉQ).
“We have players who have played for McGill University after staying with us and they have diplomas from McGill, he served as a role model. The progress is there, but we need to develop a league in Quebec that takes players to the junior level. In other words, your midget AAA must become a serious development league for our young people.
Brulotte sees tennis as a model to follow, with a large training ground for the best players in the discipline.
“We just have to look at the number of tennis players who are excelling on the world stage and who come from our country… Why don’t we have a big training facility? [pour le baseball] in Quebec? We don’t have one in hockey, we don’t have one in soccer, we have one in tennis… What’s the problem?
Canada does not compete
The contributor to the “Les buts Filled” podcast, Karl Gélinas, softened things a bit, he’s a head coach at the Diamonds of Quebec, at the LBJÉQ, but also at the Baseball Academy of Canada’s program that brings together the elite of Quebec players .
“I think that’s the way [menant] to the United States is still very important for the players, he said. Before programs in Canada are as good as some in the United States, it will take a lot of work and time. I think there are some players who go to the United States to go to the United States. They could possibly get a better education here and play baseball just as well. On the other hand, when it comes to the more talented players who are in very good programs, we can’t compete in Canada. It’s 100% safe!”
“Playing in the United States over the summer also allows some players here to gain visibility with recruiters, but also sometimes the opportunity to move from a weaker college to a higher program. … It’s certain that in the future this will be the It would be good to offer such a good caliber here that we are so good that it attracts people to see our players in Quebec.
Subject to possible changes, the 76th season of the LBJEQ is scheduled to start this Saturday with games in Montreal, Repentigny, Trois-Rivières, Quebec and Coaticook.