Lance Burrows is the new president of the Victoria Mavericks Baseball Association, and he’s determined to restore the league’s reputation, attract new talent, and deliver a quality product on and off the field.
The Mavericks is Victoria’s longest running men’s amateur baseball league in Canada. It’s comprised of four teams competing in a 27-game season at Lambrick Park for the RP Rithet Cup, Canada’s second oldest amateur trophy next to the Mann Cup. The league is highly competitive and the talent consists mainly of current and ex-college/professional ball players.
Burrows has been a playing in the league since 1997 and has served as a member of the board for the last few years. When the role of president became available, Lance jumped on the opportunity; he felt this was his chance to put his stamp on the league and help the Mavericks brand move forward on and off the field.
With the Victoria HarbourCats also here, the city is a desirable place for college players to come home and play summer ball. It’s Burrows’ vision to present the Mavericks as a great alternative to the HarbourCats. Off the field, Burrows will focus on raising funds by involving members of the local business community. “Everyone in the league has a network and it is imperative that we leverage both our personal and professional networks for the betterment of the league financially,” Burrows adds. The league is hosting a fundraiser at The Gallery on Broad Street May 18th during the Victoria Day long weekend. Tickets can be purchased at Moxies downtown and the concession at Lambrick Park.
To up their tech game, a brand-new website for the association has been launched, as well as the use of Pointstreak, the pinnacle of baseball statistical software in North America. “Baseball is the most statistically driven sport so guys are always looking for their stats, wondering ‘how am I hitting? How am I pitching?’” Burrows believes that the software will keep players engaged, have them striving for better performances and attract new talent to the league. All player statistics, season schedule and other Maverick league info can be found at www.victoriamavericks.com.
“My vision is to become the best amateur league in Canada. As far as baseball is concerned, BC produces the most talent in Canada,” says Burrows. Victoria has always been a hotbed for sporting talent, and the Mavericks have the hardware to prove it; they’ve won more Provincial Championships than any other league.
So come down to Lambrick Park, grab a burger and see what the new-look Victoria Mavericks are all about.