We’re not sure why, but banana yellow seemed to be a go-to colour for baseball cards in 1991.
Not only was it the hue for the MLB Fleer set, but it was also featured in the ProCards minor league set.
We sort through the Medicine Hat Blue Jays set and some of the stories of the players from that squad.
Read More In The Cards: 1991 Medicine Hat Blue Jays
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
The Gas City plays host for this edition of In The Cards. The 1990 Medicine Hat Blue Jays are in the spotlight for this one.
Unfortunately, the rookie-level affiliate had a rough go of it that season, finishing a dismal 20-47 in the Pioneer League under manager Garth Iorg, who was a long-time utility infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays during his playing days. The Baby Jays had some talent in the lineup though, and a number of players on the roster ended up playing Major League Baseball (MLB).
Read More In The Cards: 1990 Medicine Hat Blue Jays
Welcome to a new archival series we’re introducing called In The Cards. The idea is simple: while images of most baseball cards can be found online, there are some gaps, especially when it comes to the minor-league cardboard cutouts.
To assist in this matter, and with an eye on Alberta-based teams and players, we will periodically be adding galleries of baseball cards to our website. We hope you enjoy!
First up to the plate, the 2002 Medicine Hat Blue Jays.
Read More In The Cards: 2002 Medicine Hat Blue Jays
Baseball cards weren’t just a collectible from my childhood, they provided hours upon hours of entertainment.
Having only three channels to pick from on the family farm, my exposure to actual baseball games was pretty limited. So I had to get creative.
I set up a game on my bedroom floor and that was the first thing I thought of when coming up with my All Star selections.
Read More In The Cards: Joe’s All Stars
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
When the Pioneer League looked at expansion in 1975, they began looking at Medicine Hat.
It wouldn’t happen until 1977, but the love affair ended up lasting 25 years.
In the second of our three-part series, we look back at the Medicine Hat A’s and Blue Jays with a man familiar with sports in the city: Bob Ridley.
Read More The Pioneers: Medicine Hat A’s
Major League Baseball (MLB) may feel like it is far removed from the ball diamonds of Alberta, but if you play a quick game of six dugouts of separation you’ll discover there are plenty of coaching connections between the majors and our province.
In our first of a two-part series exploring those connections, we look at the American League squads who have former Alberta players on the payroll.
Read More Alberta’s AL Dugout Connections
Far away from home, 17-year-old Guillermo Quiroz arrived in Medicine Hat in 1999 to play for the Blue Jays.
What later transpired was a 17-year pro career with a lot of stops and stories.
He recently shared some of them in an episode of the ADS Podcast.
Read More The Road Warrior
Erik Kratz represents the end of an Alberta era. He is the last active player in Major League Baseball who spent time with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays.
He was part of the last Pioneer League team to come through Athletic Park in 2002.
We caught up with his old manager Rolando Pino to talk about Kratz and his improbable journey to baseball folk hero.
Read More Last Of The Baby Jays