Hawk Eyes Return

Vauxhall Academy of Baseball grad Garrett Hawkins has been rising up the San Diego Padres’ depth chart since being drafted in 2019.

However, his plans have hit a roadblock after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August.

As Tyson Shushkewich reports, the right-hander is still hoping to return in 2024.

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The NeverEnding Torey

He has all the ingredients of a great manager.

And Torey Lovullo – the long-time skipper of the Arizona Diamondbacks – picked up a lengthy grocery list of those ingredients through his minor-league travels, which included stops in Alberta.

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Diamonds in the Rough

They were the first official affiliate established for the new Arizona Diamondbacks.

A full two years before the Major League Baseball squad took to the field, the Lethbridge Black Diamonds were expected to be a powerhouse in their inaugural season of 1996.

We take a look back at the successful three-year history of the team, which took numerous twists and turns off the field.

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Prospects in the Park

It’s been a long four years since the Edmonton Prospects had a place to call “home.”

The Western Canadian Baseball League team has faced plenty of challenges in building the new Myshak Metro Ballpark.

Owner Pat Cassidy says construction is ongoing, but several challenges could affect opening day, meaning a backup plan is being looked at in Sherwood Park.

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Plum Job

It’s a thankless job, short on accolades and glory.

The medals are bruises and the trophies come in the form of approving nods from the mound.

Author Tim Brown didn’t just focus on catchers for his book with Erik Kratz, The Tao of the Backup Catcher. Instead he examined the guys who don’t get regular at bats or crouch behind home plate every day. It’s these second-string and third-in-line backstops who are the true glue guys in a major-league organization – players like Kratz, who began his professional career with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 2002 before donning a mask for nine MLB teams.

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Ice Burg

Sitting in the stands of a hockey rink as a scout, Josh Burgmann says he’s really happy with how life has turned out.

It’s a far cry from his days as a baseball player, rising through the ranks with Vauxhall Academy, the University of Washington and being a Chicago Cubs draft pick.

Now the head scout and director of player personnel of the Nanaimo Clippers, Burgmann reflects on his time in baseball with no regrets.

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Remembering Perry Lychak

Perry Lychak was one of few Canadian pitchers to face Cuba on the international stage and come away with a victory.

The Glendon, Alberta product did it at the 1981 Intercontinental Cup at Renfrew Park in Edmonton.

He passed away Sept. 20 in Kinston, N.C., where he pitched for five seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system.

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Iron Horses

When Chris Snow passed away on Sept. 30th, at the age of 42, the loss was felt deeply by people in baseball, hockey and, of course, anyone who was touched by his energy and passion.

His lasting impact and the endearing endurance of the Snows are inspirational.

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