Extra Innings: Let’s Get Down to Bidness

We’re just having too much fun with our online silent auction, so we’ve decided to send it to extra innings.

Here’s what we’ve done. Those who placed winning bids from our original auction have been notified and will be sent their prizes soon. We have eliminated those items from our shopping list and updated the auction. Fear not, there’s plenty of fantastic merchandise still up for grabs!

The “extra innings” portion of the silent auction will end at midnight (MST) on Friday, Dec. 7th. 

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Catch & Release

It was a bittersweet World Series win by the Boston Red Sox for Calgarian Jordan Procyshen. The 25-year-old catcher, a graduate of the Dawgs Academy in Okotoks, was released by the Red Sox on Aug. 2nd after a five-year journey through Boston’s minor-league system.

In that time, the 14th-round selection in 2014 traveled from Greenville, South Carolina to Lowell, Massachusetts to Salem, Virginia to Portland, Maine. He played Single-A and Double-A baseball in the South Atlantic League, the New York-Pennsylvania League, the Carolina League and the Eastern League.

Procyshen saw plenty of teammates come and go during that time, including players he watched excel during this Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason. But the Northern Kentucky University alumnus didn’t officially become a free agent until the World Series wrapped up.

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Familiar World Series MVPs

The World Series MVP award recognizes the most clutch performers in baseball.

Over the years, the winners of the award have included several players who once called Alberta home.

Here’s our look at some former Pacific Coast League and Pioneer League talents who saved their best play for the World Series.

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Q&A with Brandon Newell

He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) draft pick who played in the New York Mets minor league system during the 1990s. 

Then, when his playing days were over, Brandon Newell got into scouting and coaching. That ultimately led him to Okotoks and a life in southern Alberta.

Newell still coaches when he’s not working at his day job as a Fund Development Manager with Cystic Fibrosis Canada. 

We caught up with Newell to learn more about his baseball experiences.

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Head of the Class: Summary of 2018 Alberta College Players

With the summer season behind them, many Alberta baseball players have headed south for a year of college play in the United States. 

While these athletes are settling in – hitting the books, spending time at the gym and running around the ball diamonds for practices and exhibition play, as the weather permits – we thought this was a good time to look back at the footprint of Alberta players who attended American colleges and universities during the 2018 season.

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