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Leader of the Dawg Pack

It is a baseball oasis in the middle of Canada’s prairie landscape.

In under 20 years, the Okotoks Dawgs college and academy programs have become the benchmark for success.

When looking at the path it took to get there, you can’t blame managing director John Ircandia for smiling from ear-to-ear as he looks at his own field of dreams.

We chatted with him in a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast to learn more about his mindset and vision going forward.

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2020 Vision

Despite a summer that pretty much didn’t happen weather-wise, the Western Canadian Baseball League is touting it as a success.

Now all eyes are on the future, starting with a 2020 season that will feature two fewer teams.

As league president Kevin Kvame told us, 2021 will also be a season of change with expansion coming to Alberta.

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2019 WCBL Award Winners

The Western Canadian Baseball League recently announced their 2019 award winners and all-star teams.

Here’s a look at the people who were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the 12-team WCBL, which calls Alberta and Saskatchewan home. 

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Queen City Dreams

Matt Lloyd admits he waited a lot longer to get into professional baseball than he had hoped.

After finally getting drafted by the Cincinnati Reds this summer and spending time in Billings and Dayton, his eyes are now set on making up for lost time.

Now into his first offseason as a pro, we caught up with Lloyd to talk about the highs and lows of the last few months.

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Eye of the Tiger

Cole MacLaren admits he didn’t know if his baseball career was going to continue after he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

But during his brother’s high school graduation, the Dawgs Academy grad got a phone call that changed his life.

And this summer, MacLaren made his professional debut with the Detroit Tigers organization as undrafted free agent.

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