Kandel Re-Signs after productive 2022 Season
The London Majors are pleased to announce the signing of infielder Keith Kandel.
This past season saw Keith play with rookie Jakob Newton a lot as his middle infielder partner as he helped him transition not only back to the infield but to the IBL. Kandel was also named as one of the IBL Broadcasters' 2nd team all start (one of six Majors). 2022 also saw the Fresno, California native record 11 stolen bases and 21 RBIs but probably the highlight of the season was his 4 home runs. A player not known for his power, showed it off hitting a home run in 2 of the biggest parks in the league as he recorded one in Barrie and Hamilton and 2 at home at Labatt Park.
Kandel this past winter was announced as an inductee into the Edison High School Athletics Hall of Fame and he was asked about the legacy he has in the IBL and back in California and how much it means to be a mentor both in his home state and for Majors’ fans young and old “I’ve been fortunate enough to play this game for a very long time and go from mentee to mentor. I’ve gotten to learn from MLB Hall of Famers and ex-teammates who’ve played at the highest level. Those people were gracious enough to pass their knowledge onto me, to help me improve, it’s only right that I pass that same knowledge on to the next generation of players. Helping that next hard-working kid who comes along achieve his dream of playing in college or professionally is always rewarding.”
The first bat signed to the Majors’ roster for the 2023 season, Manager Roop Chanderdat was quick to highlight Kandel’s work ethic and leadership he brings to the table “Keith has been with me for a while now and knows our culture and is a leader in our clubhouse. He comes to the park ready to put in the work and do things the right way to help lead our team.”
The London Majors are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. In 2021 the London Majors won the IBL Jack & Lynn Dominico Trophy. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world. The league was established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.londonmajors.com or follow the Majors on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and TikTok at @Londonmajors