When you leaf through old minor-league baseball cards, it’s common to wonder, “Who are these guys?”
If you’re looking through rookie-level sets, that feeling is often even more pronounced. “No really, who ARE these guys!?”
That’s what makes this 1994 In The Cards edition of the Medicine Hat Blue Jays special – it’s got true star power.
Read More In the Cards: 1994 Medicine Hat Blue Jays
After starting his professional coaching career in Medicine Hat in 1996, Bruce Walton quickly rose through the ranks of the Toronto Blue Jays organization, serving as minor league pitching instructor, bullpen coach and pitching coach with the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise.
A stint with the Iowa Cubs followed his departure from Toronto in 2013 and the Calgarian now finds himself working as a pitching coach in the Miami Marlins minor league system.
We caught up with Walton and picked his brain about Marlins prospects, coaching techniques, and the legendary Derek Jeter.
Read More Making Waves
The ballots have been cast and we’ll soon know who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Read More Ballot of Alberta
Of the 34 candidates, five players spent time playing on Alberta minor-league teams.
Edgar Martinez and Omar Vizquel were teammates on the Triple-A Calgary Cannons in the 1980s, while lefty Johan Santana fine-tuned his game with the Edmonton Trappers before winning two Cy Young Awards in the mid-2000s.
Another Cy Young Award winner, Chris Carpenter, cut his teeth with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1994 and second baseman Orlando Hudson also got his start with the Baby Jays.
Here’s a look at the Alberta hopefuls and their chances of finding immortality in Cooperstown …