Ottawa Lynx

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Ottawa Lynx
Ottawa, Ontario
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Team logo Cap insignia
Previous Triple-A (1993-2007)
Minor league affiliations
League International League (1993-2007)
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 1995
Division titles 1995
Team data
Previous names
Ottawa Lynx (1993-2007)
Previous parks
Lynx Stadium (1993-2007) (formerly Ottawa Stadium pre-construction, and JetForm Park from 1993-2002)

The Ottawa Lynx were a minor league baseball team that formerly competed in the Triple-A International League (IL) from 1993 to 2007. The team's home field was Lynx Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario. Over the team's 15 seasons, it was the Triple-A Minor League affiliate of the Montreal Expos (1993–2002), Baltimore Orioles (2003–2006), and Philadelphia Phillies (2007). At the time, it was the only IL franchise based in Canada.

In late August 2006, the league approved the conditions to negotiate the sale of the team. The new owners moved the team to Allentown, Pennsylvania, beginning with the 2008 season, where it is known as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[1] The team's move to Allentown, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, has brought it within the Phillies' fan base region.

During the club's last years, it had difficulty attracting fans, which was one of several factors in the decision to relocate the team.


In 1991, Ottawa businessman and then Ottawa 67's owner Howard Darwin was successful in applying to the IL for an expansion franchise to begin play in 1993, at a cost of $5 million. The Lynx became the second IL franchise to play in Ottawa, after the former Ottawa Giants and Ottawa Athletics of the 1950s. The application was contingent on the City of Ottawa building a baseball stadium for the team. The stadium was completed in time for the 1993 season.

The Lynx began play in 1993, serving as the top farm team for the Montreal Expos. The team won the International League championship in 1995, the only time it would do so. During this period, the Lynx featured such future Major League Baseball players as Rondell White, Cliff Floyd, Matt Stairs, Kirk Rueter, and F.P. Santangelo. The Lynx eventually retired two numbers: Santangelo's 24, and Jamey Carroll's 3.

In 2000, Darwin sold his shares in the team to Ray Pecor for $7 million. According to news reports, Pecor would lose $1 million annually on the team due to low attendance.[2]

In 2003, the Lynx were not given any assurances from either the Montreal Expos or Major League Baseball on the long-term future of the Expos. They became the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles on September 24, 2002.[3] As a result, Montreal shifted its affiliation to the Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League. The Lynx's working agreement with the Orioles ended when the latter signed a Player Development Contract with the Norfolk Tides on September 25, 2006.[4]

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Former home stadium for Ottawa Lynx

In 2006, the ball club was sold to Joe Finley and Craig Stein, while Pecor maintained a minority stake. Finley and Stein declared their intention to move the team to Allentown, Pennsylvania, for the 2008 season, where a new stadium was set to begin construction that September (now built as Coca-Cola Park).[5][6] The owners, facing a lawsuit from the City of Ottawa if they moved the Lynx, filed a lawsuit against the City of Ottawa on October 17, 2006, seeking $10.75 million in damages claiming that the city failed to provide enough parking spaces, which, the team alleged, was a violation of its lease.[7]

The team played its last game in Ottawa on September 3, 2007, losing to Syracuse 8-5. The Ottawa Lynx ultimately won exactly 1,000 games before leaving Ottawa.[8]


The Lynx won the Governors' Cup, the championship of the International League, once by defeating the Norfolk Tides in 1995.

Final 2007 roster

Ottawa Lynx roster
Active roster Coaches/Other
Starting Rotation





  • John Russell



Disabled and Inactive List

* - On Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster



  1. Topic Galleries -
  2. Brennan, Don (July 14, 2007). "Lynx to IronPigs isn't yet iron clad". Retrieved 2008-01-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Orioles sign affiliation with Ottawa," Baltimore Orioles press release, Tuesday, September 24, 2002.
  4. "Tides sign affiliation agreement with Baltimore Orioles," Baltimore Orioles press release, Monday, September 25, 2006.
  5. "Lynx sold, set to leave Ottawa in 2008". CBC News. 2006-08-29. Retrieved 2010-03-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Lynx sold; franchise headed for Allentown". Ottawa Citizen. 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2010-03-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Lynx sue Ottawa for $10.75M over parking". The Ottawa Citizen. October 18, 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "box score of last game". Retrieved 2008-01-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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