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The Pioneers: Calgary Cardinals

If Russ Parker’s middle name isn’t “Persistent”, maybe he should look at changing it.

After having been in discussions about bringing an affiliated team to Calgary for half a decade, he finally succeeded in 1977 with the Cardinals.

In our final installment of “The Pioneers”, we look back at Calgary’s involvement with the league and what it took for Parker to bring future stars through Foothills Stadium.

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Sim City

Eric Sim may just be the hero that baseball deserves, even if the sport doesn’t need him any longer. 

A self-professed “washed up” catcher and pitcher, Sim has found happiness as a bar manager and in baseball exile at his bat cave, where he still trains like a pro but professes a hate of the game he spent seven minor-league seasons playing.  

Both outspoken and entertaining, Sim isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If his unfiltered talk doesn’t send people to the exits, his unabashed opinions might. 

Yet, the same in-your-face expression that turns off many baseball fans is also what makes the former Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) Canadian Rookie of the Year a cult favourite and a voice for the minor league experience. 

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WCBL All Star Teams Announced

The Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) has unveiled its rosters for the 2019 All Star Game in Edmonton on Sunday, July 7th.

A full list of the Western and Eastern Division squads can be found here, as can a gallery of some of the players who will be representing their respective teams.

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The Pioneers: Medicine Hat A’s

When the Pioneer League looked at expansion in 1975, they began looking at Medicine Hat.

It wouldn’t happen until 1977, but the love affair ended up lasting 25 years.

In the second of our three-part series, we look back at the Medicine Hat A’s and Blue Jays with a man familiar with sports in the city: Bob Ridley.

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7th Inning Stretch: Ashton Roy

They say that home is where the heart is.

As it turns out, Ontario’s Ashton Roy is feeling pretty good about his second home here in Alberta.

He moved here in 2015 and talks to us in our latest 7th Inning Stretch about the move, this province and the “Major League” character he channels in the clubhouse.

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