Herd’s the Word

The last time we checked in with Andrew Yusypchuk, he was getting ready to celebrate his 17th birthday at the Tournament-12 in Toronto.

A year later, he’s celebrating for another reason.

Soon to be 18, the young right-hander has announced he will be starting his post-secondary baseball journey with the Marshall University Fighting Herd.

We asked him a series of questions about what led up to the announcement and where he plans to go from here.

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2021 WCBL All-Star Game Coming to Okotoks

Star-struck and homer-happy baseball fans in Western Canada have something to look forward to next year, with news of All-Star Game festivities coming to southern Alberta.

The Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) and the Okotoks Dawgs held a joint press conference to announce that Seaman Stadium will play host to the WCBL All-Star Game on July 24, 2021.

The event will feature the summer collegiate circuit’s best players competing in a Western Division versus Eastern Division tilt that displays top-end talent from Alberta and Saskatchewan teams.

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Potent Pitching

Luring one of the most mild-mannered players in Major League Baseball (MLB) history to charge the mound is an unusual achievement, but it’s one that Lou Pote can celebrate.

The 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher was with the Anaheim Angels in 2001 when he did the nearly impossible: he made Hall-of-Fame designated hitter (DH) Edgar Martinez mad … like, really mad.

It was the sixth inning of an early October game in Anaheim between the Angels and the Seattle Mariners, who finished that season with an American League (AL) record 116 wins.

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Steal My Sunshine

Those dark clouds hovering over the baseball world don’t seem to be going anywhere. What started as a bleak-looking rain delay graduated to postponed games, and we are now in a phase where many cancelled contests won’t ever be played.

What’s lost may never be found.

One of the latest casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic is the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL), a summer collegiate circuit previously known as the Western Major Baseball League with historical roots dating back to the 1930s.

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Season in the Balance

There have been a lot of questions surrounding the upcoming summer baseball season in Alberta, across this country and around the world. Will it happen? Can we have a shortened campaign? How willing are players and fans to take part?

Those questions and more have been hanging over the head of Kevin Kvame. Over the last few weeks, the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) president has been trying to stay on top of all of the COVID-19 developments.

We spoke with Kvame about the current status of the WCBL.

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