The Hamilton Cardinals are pleased to announce that the IBL’s all time leader in games pitched Stefan Strecker (Dundas,Ont) will be returning for another season. Stefan is returning to Hamilton for his 2nd season after spending more than a decade with the Brantford Red Sox organization.

Stefan and GM Jeff Lounsbury relationship goes back a long way as Stefan pitched for Jeff at Brock dating back to the late 90’s. Stefan is a member of Brock Baseballs Hall of Fame for his tremendous years at Brock.

Stefan was a key part of the Brantford Red Sox championship teams and has been a IBL all-star numerous times. Last season, his first in Hamilton Stefan pitched in 18 games, throwing 19.2 innings with 11 strikeouts. He had a 2-1 record and 2 saves with an ERA of 3.20. In his IBL career Stefan is the IBL leader in games pitched (285) and saves (42). He has also pitched 742.2 innings with 46 wins and 449 strikeouts.

“It is amazing to have Streck back for another season. He is such a professional and he keeps himself in great shape. He comes back because he loves to compete and share his wisdom with the younger players in the IBL. He is always teaching. It’s great to see him bring his family out to the park, they sacrifice so much to allow him to keep playing the game he loves and it’s truly appreciated as we feel so lucky to have him back.” GM Jeff Lounsbury

Strecker was just as appreciative upon signing he said “ thank you for allowing me the opportunity to play another season”.

“With the loss of closer Kelvin Pichardo and the retirement of Tanner Guindon the 2021 Cardinal bullpen will rely heavily on Stefan and a cast of young arms and we hope with Stefan’s wisdom they will adjust and learn quickly. He is like having another coach” GM Lounsbury

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