A little déjà vu for Hamilton’s IBL Cardinals

ibl_cardinals_thumbFormer Cardinals player Dean Dicenzo will take over the general manager duties while Dean Castelli will once again become the field manager for the Hamilton Intercounty Baseball League franchise.

Dicenzo is the former president of the Hamilton Cardinals rep program in the city and brings a wealth of knowledge of the game and of players around the area that will help the team.

He played for the team between 1980 and 1998 and leads the franchise in nearly every statistical category. In 523 games Dicenzo amassed 592 hits and stole 143 bases.

Castelli, a former player in the IBL with the Cardinals and Brantford Red Sox, returns to Hamilton where he managed the Cardinals and Thunderbirds, from 2002 until the end of the 2005 season. The 1993 IBL Rookie of the Year amassed a 57-45 record as a manger in the league.

The 2002 IBL Second Team All-Star Manager took the Cardinals to the finals as a first year manager that year. That was the last time the franchise was in the finals and the first time since capturing the title in 1978.

During the 2002 season, Castelli led the team to a franchise record 22 win season.

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