Celebrating Baseball Alberta’s 2021

It wasn’t the usual banquet with all the fixings, but the Baseball Alberta annual awards ceremony still had a celebratory air to it.

While “unprecedented” feels like one of the most over-used words of the past couple of years, 2021 will certainly go down as one that officials won’t forget any time soon.

We recap the awards, some of the speeches and what Baseball Alberta president Jon Oko had to say in this story.

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Cleveland Calling

Erik Sabrowski wasn’t overly surprised when he saw his name come up in the recent MLB Rule 5 Draft.

Battling arm injuries the last three years – including a second Tommy John Surgery this fall – the Cleveland Guardians took him from the San Diego Padres with the 11th overall pick.

The Edmonton-area product is hoping to use all he’s learned over the past few years to make a big jump in 2023.

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Swipe West

For the first time in his professional career, Tanner Kirwer is changing organizations.

The Sherwood Park native had been with the Toronto Blue Jays organization since they drafted him in 2017.

During the MLB Rule 5 Draft, the Seattle Mariners decided to add the speedy outfielder to their depth charts.

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Chas-ing Glory

“You have to stick with it, even when things don’t go your way.”

While Edmonton’s Chas Wheatley might be offering that advice to young baseball players, it’s hard not to think he has uttered those words to himself occasionally over the last few years.

The University of Iowa pitcher has seen more than his fair share of adversity while chasing his baseball dreams.

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Save Situation

Heidi Northcott is no stranger to remaining calm in the storm.

On the baseball field, she held the fate of her team with every pitch she threw.

She has had to use that mindset during the COVID-19 pandemic as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Edmonton.

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