2017 a ground-breaking year for HarbourCats

By Jonathan Hodgson The Victoria HarbourCats broke new ground in 2017 on many different levels. The team was handed the challenging task of trying to surpass the successes of a historic 2016 season that saw the HarbourCats win a West Coast League record 40 games, and qualify for the playoffs for the first time in […]

Jim Swanson named among Canadian baseball leaders

by Jonathan Hodgson 2016 was a banner year for the HarbourCats and baseball in Victoria as a whole, and the man behind it is closing the year by picking up a significant honour from one of Canada’s true baseball giants. Jim Swanson, managing partner of the HarbourCats, has been named to Bob Elliott’s annual list […]

McRae knows Bo… and Victoria

by Jonathan Hodgson Brian McRae knows Bo. Well, sort of. The Kansas City Royals called McRae up to the major leagues in August of 1990 in a move that corresponded with Bo Jackson landing on the disabled list. Jackson famously starred as a power-hitting outfielder with the Royals and later the Chicago White Sox and California […]

Major League names, personalities entertain at Hotstove

by Jonathan Hodgson Significant names from the baseball world, past present and future, descended on Victoria on Saturday for the 2nd Annual HarbourCats Hotstove. The event, hosted by Yates Street Taphouse, was headlined for the second straight year by Gregg Zaun, a former major league catcher and current Sportsnet baseball analyst. Zaun was joined on […]

Former Cub McRae to attend HarbourCats Hotstove

Jonathan Hodgson The 2016 World Series carries an abundance of historical significance with the Chicago Cubs playing the Cleveland Indians. With all the amazing storylines and statistics in this fall classic, its significance is personal for Victoria HarbourCats head coach Brian McRae, who was named head coach of the HarbourCats in August. The HarbourCats are […]

2016 brings thrills, experience and lessons learned for HarbourCats

By Jonathan Hodgson (Also published on the Canadian Baseball Network) The Victoria HarbourCats showed during the 2016 West Coast League regular season that they are ready compete among the league’s elite. The playoffs also proved that assembling the puzzle pieces to a championship is a process that is not often completed in one year. Make […]

Wilson named Victoria Business Person of the Year

A member of the HarbourCats local ownership group, and giant of the Victoria business community, has had a major award bestowed upon him.  At the annual Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards held at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel on Thursday evening, John Wilson was named  2016 Victoria Business Person of the Year. Wilson, […]

Topoozian began Fresno State pipeline

By Jonathan Hodgson In a relatively short time since beginning play in the West Coast League, the Victoria HarbourCats have forged and identity as a destination for some of the best talent coming from many elite college baseball programs in NCAA division 1 baseball. In 2013, the HarbourCats joined the very well established and connected […]

HarbourCats and PBL go hand in hand

By Jonathan Hodgson At the core of the HarbourCats mission is a commitment to promote the game of baseball, better the lives and careers of athletes, and positively affect the communities in which they serve on Vancouver Island.  With that in focus, the West Coast League club is set to host the annual British Columbia […]

HarbourCats: Here to Play, Here to Stay

By Jonathan Hodgson June 7, 2016 will mark a significant milestone for the Victoria HarbourCats. That night, the club will play its fourth home opener at Royal Athletic Park, as members of the West Coast League (WCL). The HarbourCats have enjoyed immediate and sustained success on and off the field since joining the WCL for […]