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Last Of The Baby Jays

Erik Kratz represents the end of an Alberta era. He is the last active player in Major League Baseball who spent time with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays.

He was part of the last Pioneer League team to come through Athletic Park in 2002.

We caught up with his old manager Rolando Pino to talk about Kratz and his improbable journey to baseball folk hero.

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Q&A with Brandon Newell

He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) draft pick who played in the New York Mets minor league system during the 1990s. 

Then, when his playing days were over, Brandon Newell got into scouting and coaching. That ultimately led him to Okotoks and a life in southern Alberta.

Newell still coaches when he’s not working at his day job as a Fund Development Manager with Cystic Fibrosis Canada. 

We caught up with Newell to learn more about his baseball experiences.

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Head of the Class: Summary of 2018 Alberta College Players

With the summer season behind them, many Alberta baseball players have headed south for a year of college play in the United States. 

While these athletes are settling in – hitting the books, spending time at the gym and running around the ball diamonds for practices and exhibition play, as the weather permits – we thought this was a good time to look back at the footprint of Alberta players who attended American colleges and universities during the 2018 season.

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Hall-of-Fame Worthy Nominee

We are very excited to announce that Alberta Dugout Stories has applied to have Mel Kowalchuk inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

In an effort to promote Alberta baseball and help give recognition to one of the sport’s major players, we determined Kowalchuk – the man largely responsible for bringing the Edmonton Trappers to the provincial capital for a quarter century – was a worthy nominee.

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Trip Down LLWS Memory Lane

It has been 17 years since an Alberta team represented Canada at the Little League World Series.

The Calgary West squad was the first since 1977 to take Canada to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As everyone watched this year’s edition, we caught up with two members of that squad to reminisce about that tournament.

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