It was an exciting year for baseball in Medicine Hat in 2022.
The Mavericks of the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) returned to play for the first time since 2019 after sitting out a pair of seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When they did return, the Mavs took the field at a newly-renovated Athletic Park, which saw $3-million worth of improvements that included a shade canopy, a new ticket office and the addition of field-level seating.
The upgrades helped the Medicine Hat Mavericks become the third-most popular club in the league. The team’s total attendance of 32,986 fans was a franchise record, resulting in an average of 1,178 visitors per game.
The initial on-field results were less than overwhelming, but the Mavericks managed to sneak into the playoffs despite their 18-39 record. Once they punched their ticket to the postseason, the Mavs made the most of it, eliminating the Regina Red Sox in the first round. They then pushed the Moose Jaw Miller Express to the limit in a best-of-three series. The Miller Express knocked out the Mavs in Game 3 and represented the East Division in the WCBL championship final against the Okotoks Dawgs.
The season also saw several outstanding individual performances from Mavericks players, as we’ll examine in this edition of In The Cards.
Before we break down this official set of baseball cards, here are a few quick notes on the collectibles. The card stock is firm and of high quality; the photography includes sharp action pictures on the front and head shots on the back; and the design includes baseball stitching on the top and bottom of each card, which is a nice touch. The back of each card also includes a bit of info on each player, their jersey number, and sponsor logos. Full marks for card quality on this set!
Alright, onto a closer look at the roster:
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