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2014-01-12 at 16:45

Host for 2015 World Junior Baseball Championships to be decided next month

By Matt Vis,
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The city should know by the end of February if a prestigious international baseball event will return.

Thunder Bay International Baseball Association executive director Warren Philp said the International Baseball Federation is scheduled to meet on Feb. 19 to award the 2015 World Junior Baseball Championships.

Thunder Bay previously hosted the event in the summer of 2010 when nearly 50,000 spectators took in the action at Port Arthur Stadium and Baseball Central.

Based on that strong hosting result, the city was selected in October to be Baseball Canada’s bid for the next tournament.

“We’re optimistic that given our track record from 2010 that we’ll be selected,” Philp said. “Of course, that’s in the hands of the IBF and we’ll be anxiously awaiting word from them.”

The city had also previously bid on the 2013 edition of the tournament, which was ultimately awarded to Taiwan and took place in August and September of this past year.

That did not deter Philp and other local officials from taking a swing at bringing the tournament back. The under-18 competition is said to be the event of choice for the TBIBA.

“We’ve been monitoring the various opportunities that exist for event hosting and given the success of 2010 we’ve been following closely the opportunity to bring this event back to Thunder Bay,” Philp said.

Organizers from the 2010 event have estimated the tournament resulted in nearly $6 million in economic impact for the city.

(With files from Thunder Bay Television)

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livewire says:
The city wouldn't even allow BBQ hotdog's at the last event. City should get their act together before hosting any event.
1/13/2014 7:08:10 AM
rob20 says:
What the heck are you talking about?
1/13/2014 12:00:23 PM
TBDR says:
weird cuz i ate a hot dog at the game.
1/13/2014 11:47:15 PM
Enquirer says:
I was getting extremely concerned that over 12 hours had elapsed and not one negative comment was being posted about this event. I am happy to see in true TBNewswatch fashion, a troll has appeared!

Forget the international exposure for Thunder Bay, forget the comradery these young men exhibited while playing for Team Canada, forget the smiling faces of the young men on other teams as they were welcomed here as mini-celebrities with people waving and saying hello to them everywhere they went.

Forget all of that...the main issue here is, why shouldn't Thunder Bay host this: BBQ hotdogs. Here, let me help you guys out:

"Baseball?!! Come onnnnnnn! We should be worrying about the state of disrepair our roads are in. Think of the potholes!! Don't get me started on the marina either!!! Hosting an event we CANNOT AFFORD is all a liberal plot to unionize and dismantle the free thinkers of Thunder Bay!!! Rabble rabble! Taxes! Taxes! *runs to reply under my other account agreeing with myself*
1/13/2014 1:13:41 PM
jaysgirl says:
This is the funniest comment I have read in a while on this site....rabble rabble taxes taxes!!
1/15/2014 4:32:40 PM
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