It’s safe to say that Kaleb Warden – the first baseman for the Lethbridge Bulls – has made an impression on the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).
During 46 games, the 6-foot-2 Texan finished the regular season at third in league batting average (.369), eighth in RBI (38), and sixth in runs (42). The man they call “The Warden” had such an impressive campaign that he was named the WMBL Rookie of the Year and a first-team all star.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello product recently made time for us and our nine questions that make up our “1 Thru 9” series. Here’s what he had to say:
1. What is your walk-up/warm-up tune?
“Glorious” by Macklemore.
2. What is the best pre-game meal?
The best pre-game meal would have to be these chicken Caesar wraps that we get made for us, a Slurpee and a Red Bull.
3. Your family sends you a care package. What’s in it?
It probably would have some sunflower seeds, maybe a couple Gatorades and different types of candy that I like.
4. What is your favourite stadium to watch or play baseball in?
Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals).
5. Who has had the biggest influence on you as a baseball player and why?
This is a really tough question for me. I’ve had so many really, really good influences for baseball in my life, so I like to think that all of them are the best.
6. Who was the best teammate you’ve ever had and why?
My best teammate would have to be a guy named Michael Harrison, who is just an all-around good guy and a fun guy to watch.
7. What is the best thing about playing baseball in the WMBL?
The best thing about playing in the WMBL is the chance to play baseball in another country. I’ve never been out of the States, so to get this opportunity was so awesome.
Congrats to our own @kwarden4 for being named 2018 ROY in the WMBL summer league! We are very proud to call him a #weevil #weevilupdate #wmbl #ROY pic.twitter.com/XTIuCPy4Ic
— Weevil Baseball (@weevilsbaseball) August 1, 2018
8. What is your favourite baseball memory? My favourite baseball memory was this past year. After transferring to a new school, we ended up winning the conference.
🏆 @weevilsbaseball claims the @GACAthletics Regular Season Championship, and is the outright No. 1 seed in the GAC Championship Tournament!! #WeevilNation #theGAC pic.twitter.com/IR5iLIcIV1
— UAM Sports (@UAMsports) April 29, 2018
9. What is the best piece of baseball advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice for baseball would have to be to just let your body work.