The last time we saw Calgarian Mike Soroka take the mound for the Atlanta Braves, he was breaking new ground.
It was Game 3 of the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the St. Louis Cardinals – an exciting 3-1 victory for Atlanta – and Soroka struck out seven batters through seven innings while surrendering no walks, just two hits and one earned run.
It’s been a long time since that game at Busch Stadium on Oct. 6, 2019, and it feels even longer with the COVID-19 pandemic that has cancelled and postponed baseball games at all levels this year.
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The 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) campaign was a revelation for Calgary pitcher Mike Soroka.
A quick look at his accomplishments from last year shows that. He was a National League (NL) Rookie of the Year runner-up; he finished sixth in NL Cy Young voting; he won the Tip O’Neill Award, which honours Canada’s best baseball player; he pitched a three-up, three-down inning in the MLB All-Star Game; and he was a finalist for the Lou Marsh Award, given annually to the nation’s top athlete. Those are just the Coles Notes on a season filled with impressive firsts for the young man.
So, what can we expect from the 22-year-old during his sophomore season?
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‘Tis the season for year-end and decade-end lists.
We decided to put a different spin on those lists with a roster of Alberta’s baseball talent to suit up between 2010 and 2019.
From an MLB phenom to college stars to women’s national team stalwarts, take a look at who we think deserves recognition for their performances.
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It’s a frightening scenario for opposing batters next season: an improved Mike Soroka on the mound in 2020.
In some ways, that hardly seems possible.
The towering right-handed pitcher from Calgary is coming off a storybook rookie season for the Atlanta Braves that saw him post a 13-4 record, 2.68 earned run average (ERA) and 142 strikeouts over 174.2 innings.
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We are still buzzing from Calgarian Mike Soroka’s historic outing for the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The former Calgary PBF Redbirds pupil pitched seven innings of one-run baseball, allowing just two hits and no walks. The 22-year-old also struck out seven batters and, while he didn’t personally get the win, Soroka set the table for a dramatic ninth-inning comeback that earned the Braves a 3-1 victory.
During the Busch Stadium performance, the righthander put himself in the record books for several reasons.
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