Machibroda Signs With Minnesota Twins

The last time the Minnesota Twins signed a 6-foot-4 left-handed hitting slugger out of Western Canada it worked out pretty well.

You may have heard of Justin Morneau.

The Twins selected him in the third round of the 1999 MLB draft and he became a four-time All-Star, the 2006 American League MVP and a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

Nobody is expecting Nolan Machibroda to be Justin Morneau, but, like Morneau, the 23-year-old Saskatoon native is a first baseman with a powerful left-handed stroke and a burning ambition to play in the big leagues …

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Reds Rover

Matt Lloyd vividly remembers how his 2022 baseball season came to an unexpected end.

The Calgary native was patrolling first base for the Chattanooga Lookouts in a May 3 game against Rocket City, when a hard-hit ball was relayed back to him.

Trying to simultaneously catch the ball and dive and tag the runner, he felt a pop, that led to a surgery and lengthy rehabilitation.

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Five Storylines We’re Watching in 2023

If one thing is for certain, 2023 will not be short on things for baseball fans in Alberta to talk about.

2022 certainly set the bar high with fantastic individual and team performances, great community-building opportunities and a return to “normal” of sorts after what was an unprecedented couple of years around the world.

Once again, we take a look at the top five storylines we will be watching heading into the new year.

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In The Cards: 1994 Calgary Cannons

It’s a funny thing.

This series is called “In The Cards”, which would lead you to believe that the main stories of a particular season are reflected in the cardboard collectibles on display.

However, the 1994 Calgary Cannons team set might be better known for the players not in it, like Alex Rodriguez and Darren Bragg.

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Triple Play

In the blink of an eye, Madison Willan has somehow turned into one of the veterans of Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team.

The multi-sport star was just getting her feet wet with the program when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

But with a young core of players coming up, the team is leaning on the Edmonton product as it looks towards the World Cup in 2024.

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