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Going To Wark

St. Albert’s Jackson Wark has always dreamed about playing college baseball.

And while he may be one of the top-ranked draft-eligible players from Canada, right now he’s focused on bringing success to his Saint Louis University Billikens.

We chatted with him for a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast and here’s that exchange.

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Q&A with Brandon Newell

He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) draft pick who played in the New York Mets minor league system during the 1990s. 

Then, when his playing days were over, Brandon Newell got into scouting and coaching. That ultimately led him to Okotoks and a life in southern Alberta.

Newell still coaches when he’s not working at his day job as a Fund Development Manager with Cystic Fibrosis Canada. 

We caught up with Newell to learn more about his baseball experiences.

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Soroka picks up win in MLB debut

Calgary pitching prospect Mike Soroka made his Major League Baseball debut last night, taking the mound for the Atlanta Braves during a start against Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets at Citi Field.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound righty ended up picking up the win after putting in six innings of work. He gave up six hits and one earned run – a solo home run off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes – while issuing no walks and striking out five, en route to a 3-2 Braves victory.

Here’s a look at Soroka’s special day and the reactions to it …

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Ballot of Alberta

The ballots have been cast and we’ll soon know who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
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 …

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