Dante’s Peek

The unlikely return of the Toronto Blue Jays to the postseason this year will put the spotlight on several of the club’s rising stars.

Shortstop Bo Bichette is one of the players who will be counted on if the team hopes to advance past the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays in the best-of-three Wild Card Round. But there is another Bichette with the organization who may prove just as valuable to the team – Bo’s father Dante, who serves as an assistant hitting coach on the Blue Jays.

Many of the most valuable lessons that life and baseball had to offer, were learned by Dante Bichette as a member of the Edmonton Trappers.

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Between Innings

Love can take a toll on you.

Whether it’s a family bond, the intimacy of marriage, or even the fondness of sport, love can be exhausting. 

It can leave you at a crossroads wondering whether or not the passion that was such a part of you exists at all anymore. 

Blue Jays Central host Jamie Campbell was at such an intersection when he came to Alberta in the 1990s to work as a sports anchor for CBC Edmonton. 

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Coles Notes

It was a long and winding road for utility player Darnell Coles, who played 17 Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons for eight different teams. 

The Californian quickly climbed the ranks of Seattle’s minor-league system after the Mariners made him the sixth overall pick in the 1980 amateur entry draft. Coles had already played in Bellingham, Wausau, Bakersfield, Chattanooga, Salt Lake City and Seattle by the time he was sent to Calgary to play for the city’s new Triple-A franchise in the Pacific Coast League.

That 1985 Cannons team, Coles recalled, was loaded with talent.

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White Lightning

When you look back at those postseason games from the early ’90s, it’s all there.

You can see the threat on the base paths, the ability to come up with timely hits and, of course, the wall-crashing catches in centre field.

Devon White was never the guy for the Toronto Blue Jays during their back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. But you cannot win championships without key contributors like White roaming the outfield and batting at the top of the order.

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