Sweet and Sour Lou

They call him Sweet Lou.

It was a nickname that Lou Piniella earned as a player because of his silky swing.

He later became one of the great managers of the game, although he drew the ire of Calgary Cannons supporters while he managed their parent team, the Seattle Mariners.

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Maple Matt

After his 2022 season was cut short by injury, Matt Lloyd had high expectations of himself heading into the year.

Despite being released by the Cincinnati Reds, the Okotoks Dawgs alum became an All-Star with the Sioux City Explorers.

He also represented Baseball Canada at the Pan Am Qualifiers in Argentina, and was named the Men’s National Team Most Valuable Player.

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Holding It Down in Fort Mac

Fort McMurray has quickly become a favourite place for Baseball Canada to host national championships.

After successful events in 2016, 2018, 2022 and 2023, the community is set to host the Baseball Canada Cup in 2024.

Recently, it was announced the 18U National Championships would also return in 2025 and 2026.

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New Sox for Soroka

Calgary’s Mike Soroka saw it all in his eight years in the Atlanta Braves organization.

After battling several injuries in recent years, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound hurler was hoping to get back to his 2019 All-Star form.

He will be doing it with a new team though, as he was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Nov. 16.

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Highs & Lows

Each season and every year brings its own rollercoaster ride.

New heights experienced and sorrowful depths that leave a mark … these wild swings happen in the batter’s box as well as far out of earshot of the crack of the bat.

As the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) season was in its first month and the potential of a fresh campaign offered hope and promise to teams and fans, our family was hit with news that left us stunned.

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To The Moon and Back

It was supposed to be a one year trip across the pond to try playing baseball internationally.

Instead, Red Deer Minor Baseball product Levi Moon has turned into six years and counting.

The Badlands Academy and Prairie Baseball Academy alum admits he’s been bitten by the travel bug.

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Hyers Learning

In order to claim a World Series championship, you have to make the right hires.

For the Texas Rangers – who coaxed manager Bruce Bochy out of retirement with impressive results – that included luring Tim Hyers to the Major League Baseball (MLB) organization.

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The Giant Killer

Harold Northcott’s resume is as impressive as they come for baseball in Alberta.

Having played and coached at the provincial and national level, the Central Alberta product was recently named to the Eastern Oregon University Athletics Hall of Fame.

However, Northcott says he is most proud of his family’s legacy in baseball.

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Hawk Eyes Return

Vauxhall Academy of Baseball grad Garrett Hawkins has been rising up the San Diego Padres’ depth chart since being drafted in 2019.

However, his plans have hit a roadblock after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August.

As Tyson Shushkewich reports, the right-hander is still hoping to return in 2024.

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