During a season in which Danny Jansen realized his dream of playing Major League Baseball (MLB), it was Giancarlo Stanton who provided the “pinch me” moments for the Toronto Blue Jays catcher.
In the bottom of the first inning on Aug. 18, 2018, the 6-foot-6 pinstriped baseball beast stepped into the batter’s box at Yankee Stadium and gave Jansen his first game-action look at the chiseled outfielder’s 245-pound frame.
Jansen and fellow rookie starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley got the better of Stanton during that at bat, watching him strike out swinging.
But in the fourth inning, Stanton sent a fastball 412 feet away from home plate and over the centre-field wall. It was Reid-Foley’s second start for the Jays and Jansen’s fourth game with the big club. Welcome to the major leagues.
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Situated in the heart of Alberta’s badlands, Badlands Baseball Academy is a diamond oasis on the prairies.
As we continue our “1 Thru 9” Academy profiles, we chat with Jeff Amos about what makes Badlands as good as it is.
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From Edgar’s Hall of Fame bid to Mike Soroka’s ascent up the Atlanta Braves depth chart to the Western Canadian Baseball League’s rebrand & revamp, there is a lot for Alberta’s baseball fans to be excited for.
We take a look at five of the headlines we will be watching in the coming year.
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She admits it’s been on her mind for a while.
But just days before her 29th birthday, Nicole Luchanski announced her retirement.
The Baseball Canada Women’s National Team star and Edmonton native is now ready for the next chapter of her life.
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We made a list. We checked it twice.
Time to find out who was naughty and nice in Alberta baseball circles this year.
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