Just A Bit Outside

When it comes to baseball, Steve Hofstetter has more jokes about the sport than Pete Rose has hits. That includes a few quips about Charlie Hustle, as well.

As prolific in the realm of sports comedy as the former Cincinnati Red was at the plate, Hofstetter isn’t the type to rest a bat on his shoulder. Swinging away – whether it’s on stage as a standup comic or as a panelist on MLB Network – has allowed the 39-year-old to amass a huge following. 

His YouTube channel has generated over 115 million views and over 400,000 subscribers, and his resume includes bylines for Maxim, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

During a recent phone interview from California, Hofstetter told Alberta Dugout Stories why he loves baseball, hates the Dodgers, believes in preparing for ceremonial first pitches and he laid out his reasons for calling Roger Clemens a jerk.

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2019 Projections for Mike Soroka

As pitchers and catchers report for spring training duty in Florida, Calgarian Mike Soroka finds himself on the cusp. On the cusp of what exactly remains unclear, but suffice to say, it’s a big season for the 21-year-old Atlanta Braves right-hander. 

Last year at this time, Soroka was chasing the dream of his first start in Major League Baseball (MLB). He achieved that on May 1, 2018 during an impressive victory over Noah Syndergaard and the Mets at New York’s Citi Field. 

The 2015 first-round pick of the Braves followed that up with four more starts – posting a 3.51 earned run average (ERA), a 2-1 record and 21 strikeouts over 25.2 innings pitched in the majors – before injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

What will a healthy Soroka do for an encore? If 2018 proved anything to the PBF Redbirds alumni it’s that getting there is only half the battle – staying up with the big club is the other half.

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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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