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Les Capitales de Québec, or the Quebec Capitales in English, are a team in the independent Canadian-American Association. They began play in 1999, when minor league operator Miles Wolff decided to bring professional baseball back to a city which he loved, but which had been without a team since the Eastern League's Quebec Metros left town after the 1977 season.

Les Capitales played in the Northern League East during their first few seasons. They played .500 ball their first year, with a 43-43 record, then finished first in the League's northern division in the second half of 2000 under the leadership of former major leaguer Jay Ward. They lost a playoff game for the first-half title in 2001, then faded in the second half to miss the post-season altogether. The year when the Northern League East split from the Northern League to become the Northeast League - 2003- the Capitales returned to the post-season, managed by former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Joe Ferguson. They became the league's regular-season champions in 2004. In 2005, former minor league pitcher and Capitales player Michel Laplante took over as manager, the first Quebecker to assume the position, while Eddie Lantigua had a tremendous season at the plate, hitting .324 with 31 home runs and 112 runs batted in, all team records. 2005 was also the first season of the re-born Can-Am League, the third league in which the Capitales have played since their inception. They won the league championship in 2006.

Les Capitales play in the historic Stade Municipal de Québec (Quebec City Municipal Stadium), built in 1938, and which has hosted every Quebec City team since play began in 1939. The stadium had fallen into disrepair after the Metros' departure, and barely escaped the wrecking ball in the early 1990s. It was renovated at a cost of $2 million before the 1999 season and is acknowledged as one of the nicest baseball stadiums in all of Canada.

Contrary to the now-departed Montreal Expos, Les Capitales have always tried to recruit local players into their line-up and to establish a strong connection with their fan base. As a result, the team has drawn extremely well, demonstrating that there is a large number of baseball fans in the province of Quebec.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1999 43-43 5th (t) Jay Ward
2000 48-37 1st (t) Jay Ward Lost in 1st round
2001 44-47 4th Jay Ward
2002 52-38 3rd (t) Andy McCauley Lost in 1st round
2003 49-40 4th Joe Ferguson Lost in 1st round
2004 58-34 1st Joe Ferguson
2005 57-34 1st Michel Laplante Lost League Finals
2006 44-44 4th Michel Laplante League Champs
2007 49-45 5th Michel Laplante
2008 58-36 1st Michel Laplante Lost League Finals
2009 53-41 3rd Michel Laplante League Champs
2010 57-37 1st Pat Scalabrini League Champs
2011 64-26 1st Pat Scalabrini League Champs
2012 66-34 1st Pat Scalabrini League Champs
2013 56-42 1st Pat Scalabrini League Champs

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