Posted on Sep 1, 2016 by Mike Marasco

The Intercounty Baseball League announced their year-end awards today with the Hamilton Cardinals’ right fielder Dre Celestijn being named to the league’s first all-star team.

Photo by Art Ward
Photo by Art Ward

The 25-year-old from Willemstad, Curacao is in his fourth season with the Cardinals earned 31 points in league voting, second overall for all outfielders, to be named to the all-star team. During the 2016 season Celestijn captured the league’s batting title with a .450 batting average and 16 extra base hits including four home runs. He would score 27 times and knock in 26 runs through the regular season.

The IBL also announced that Celestijn finished third in MVP voting behind Kitchener’s Tanner Nivins and Toronto’s Justin Marra.

Cardinals’ team president JP Molinaro stated “We are thrilled that Dre was voted to the first all-star team by the managers and general managers around the IBL. He is an amazing player and a great person to be around.” Molinaro went on to say, “Although he did not win the league’s MVP award, he is a valuable asset to our organization and we look forward to seeing what he will do next season.”

John Bell Memorial Trophy (MVP)
1. Tanner Nivins (Kitchener) 23 points
2. Justin Marra (Toronto) 21 points
3. Dre Celestijn (Hamilton) 8 points

Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
1. Conner Morro (Barrie) 35 points
2. Christian Hauck (Burlington) 9 points
3. RJ Fuhr (London) 9 points

First All-Star Team
C-Justin Marra (Toronto) 30 pts
1B-Justin Interisano (Kitchener) 26 pts
2B-Benjamin Bostick (Brantford) 29 pts
3B-Kevin Atkinson (Barrie) 30 pts
SS-Mike Glinka (Kitchener) 22 pts
OF-Tanner Nivins (Kitchener) 35 pts
OF-Dre Celestijn (Hamilton) 31 pts
OF-Jon Waltenbury (Toronto) 28 pts
DH-Sean Reilly (Kitchener) 33 pts
RHP-Nathan Forer (Brantford) 30 pts
LHP-Ian Rendon (Kitchener) 30 pts
Manager-Roop Chanderdat (London) 15 pts

Second All-Star Team
C-Frank Camilo Morejon (Kitchener) 9 pts
1B-Jordan Castaldo (Barrie) 24 pts
2B-Conner Morro (Barrie) 22 pts
3B-David Whiteside (Kitchener) 9 pts
SS-Ryan White (Toronto) 18 pts
OF-Ryan Spataro (Barrie) 27 pts
OF-Justin Gideon (Burlington) 22 pts
OF-Byron Reichstein (London) 22 pts
DH-Dan Jagdeo (Brantford) 20 pts
RHP-Emilis Guerrero (Barrie) 17 pts
LHP-Tanner Guindon (Brantford) 22 pts
Manager-Angus Roy (Barrie) 14 pts

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