It was the 100th anniversary of minor-league baseball and the Cannons were close to the end of their run in Calgary.
The Triple-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins was competitive enough to win a few games in front of the 246,991 fans who went to Burns Stadium that season, but their 72-71 record was nowhere close to good enough for a postseason appearance.
Regardless, there were plenty of MLB-calibre players on the field that year, including Jason Grilli, who holds the distinction of being the last Calgary Cannon to pitch in the majors.
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It was a long and winding road for utility player Darnell Coles, who played 17 Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons for eight different teams.
The Californian quickly climbed the ranks of Seattle’s minor-league system after the Mariners made him the sixth overall pick in the 1980 amateur entry draft. Coles had already played in Bellingham, Wausau, Bakersfield, Chattanooga, Salt Lake City and Seattle by the time he was sent to Calgary to play for the city’s new Triple-A franchise in the Pacific Coast League.
That 1985 Cannons team, Coles recalled, was loaded with talent.
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There’s a quiet confidence that exudes from Calgary’s Tyrese Johnson.
The long-time Dawgs Academy product wants to make an immediate impact with his new school, South Suburban College near Chicago.
We chatted with the young speedster about the decision to sign his letter of intent, what his summer has been like and more in this Q&A from Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast.
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Centre fielder Anthony Alford hardly had time to loosen his belt from his American Thanksgiving meal before he hopped on a plane for Calgary in late November.
The Mississippi product – a third round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 and former Ole Miss Rebels football player – came to Cowtown to help out baseball pal Shane Dawson Jr. with his Strive Baseball pro camp, which also featured the instructional help of pitcher Ryan Borucki.
Read More A Swing & Ole Miss
The Toronto Blue Jays will need to bring a few surprises to the ballpark if they hope to be competitive next season.
Enter Ryan Borucki.
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