Trois-Rivières Aigles (Frontier League)

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Information
LeagueFrontier League
LocationTrois-Rivières, Quebec
BallparkStade Quillorama
Year founded2012
League championships1: (2015)
Division championships0
ColoursBlack, red, white
              
MascotGrand Chelem de Aigle (Grand Slam the Eagle in French)
Playoff berths
3
2015
2018
2019
OwnershipEmmanuel Turcotte, Michel Côté, Miles Wolff, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Éric Gagné
ManagerTJ Stanton
MediaLe Nouvelliste, 106,9FM, CFOU 89,1FM
Websitelesaiglestr.com

The Trois-Rivières Aigles are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. They are a member of the Frontier League, and play their home games at Stade Quillorama.

The Aigles are named to honour the previous Trois-Rivières Aigles, which called the same ballpark home from 1971 until 1977 as a member of the Eastern League and an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. In addition, a team in the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec bore that name, winning the 2007 LBJEQ pennant. The Aigles mascot is Grand Chelem l'aigle, which means Grand Slam the Eagle in French.

History

After various attempts to place a franchise in Trois-Rivières (including various exhibition games), the Can-Am League finally announced the Aigles' membership on October 3, 2012. Notable co-owners include 2003 National League Cy Young Award winner Éric Gagné and Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Marc-André Bergeron.[1]

On November 14, it was announced that Pierre-Luc Laforest would serve as the Aigles' inaugural manager. Laforest is best known for his time among the Aigles' provincial rivals the Québec Capitales, winning the Can-Am League MVP award in 2009 and serving as player/hitting coach in 2011 and 2012 (Laforest has been a member of all four of the Capitales' four consecutive Can-Am league pennant winners).[2]

In 2015, the Aigles qualified for the playoffs for the first time in the franchise's history. On September 13, 2015, the Aigles defeated the Rockland Boulders in Game 5 by a score of 7-2 and won the opening series 3 games to 2 and advanced to the championship for the first time in franchise history. They played the New Jersey Jackals and defeated them 3 games to 2 to win the 2015 Can-Am League championship, their first in franchise history.

The team joined the Frontier League for the 2020 season when that league absorbed the Can-Am League in a merger. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and extended closure of the Canada–United States border, the league announced that the Aigles (along with the Québec Capitales) would be unable to compete for the 2020 season (which was eventually cancelled).[3] The club later announced they intended to organize a separate league in Québec for the summer as an alternative, but these plans were eventually scrapped by both clubs.

Current roster

Season-by-Season Records

Trois-Rivières Aigles
Season W - L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
2013 43-56 .434 4th/5 in CanAm League Did not qualify for playoffs
2014 37-58 .474 4th/4 in CanAm League Did not qualify for playoffs
2015 50-46 .521 4th/6 in CanAm League Won Opening Round over Rockland Boulders 3-2
Won Championship over New Jersey Jackals 3-2
2016 35-65 .350 8th/8 in CanAm League Did not qualify for playoffs
2017 39-61 .390 6th/8 in CanAm League Did not qualify for playoffs
2018 53-49 .520 4th/8 in CanAm League Lost Opening Round to Sussex County Miners 2-3
2019 58-37 .611 2nd/9 in CanAm League Lost Opening Round to New Jersey Jackals 2-3
Totals 262-323 .471 - 10-10

References

  1. ^ "Can-Am League Expands to Trois-Rivieres". Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. October 3, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Laforest Tabbed as Trois-Rivieres Manager". Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "QUEBEC CITY, TROIS-RIVIERES ORGANIZING QUEBEC PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP". frontierleague.com. Retrieved June 18, 2020.