The Straw That Stirred the Drink

For Edmonton baseball fans, Reggie Jackson really was the straw that stirred the drink. 

On May 16, 1983, the man known as Mr. October arrived in Edmonton for an exhibition game between the hometown Trappers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) and their parent club, the California Angels. 

It was a nothing game for the Angels – a northerly stop wedged between an 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins and a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners – but it was a statement game for fans in Alberta’s capital. 

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The Battery

Tyler Hodder and Josh Iannetti have played baseball together for about a decade. Whether it’s been in Fort McMurray or in Kamloops with Thompson Rivers University, the battery-mates are looking forward to a new baseball season. They also get to learn from a former Edmonton Trappers hurler.

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Five Oscar Worthy Movies We Like

It’s Oscar weekend in Los Angeles and – while Hollywood’s best and brightest gather to hand out Academy Awards – we thought this would be a good time to look at some of our favourite films that have been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In the category of Oscar-nominated movies containing some baseball content and some sort of ties to Alberta, here are the nominees …

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Diamond in the Rough

More than a century of baseball in Edmonton’s historic river valley could be lost to the wrecking ball as the area faces a major redevelopment.

At the team’s annual gala fundraising dinner on Feb. 24th, Edmonton Prospects owner Pat Cassidy sounded the alarm about the future of ReMax Field, which is home to the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) club.

“This is an extremely important year, a critical year, for the ballpark because this is the year the City (of Edmonton) is going to determine its long-term fate,” Cassidy told those in attendance.

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Ballot of Alberta

The ballots have been cast and we’ll soon know who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
Of the 34 candidates, five players spent time playing on Alberta minor-league teams.
 
Edgar Martinez and Omar Vizquel were teammates on the Triple-A Calgary Cannons in the 1980s, while lefty Johan Santana fine-tuned his game with the Edmonton Trappers before winning two Cy Young Awards in the mid-2000s.
 
Another Cy Young Award winner, Chris Carpenter, cut his teeth with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1994 and second baseman Orlando Hudson also got his start with the Baby Jays.
 
Here’s a look at the Alberta hopefuls and their chances of finding immortality in Cooperstown …

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