Bluebirds of a Feather

Duane Larson wanted to play an aggressive style of baseball.

Heading into the 1982 Pioneer League season, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays coach had high expectations.

His team, featuring a trio of future Toronto stars, delivered in a big way, winning the team’s only championship title.

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Key to the Game

Jimmy Key put up some fantastic numbers in his short visit with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1982.

A 2-1 record with a 2.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31+ innings of work earned the young lefthander a promotion.

However, the move didn’t sit well with everyone, even if the team went on to win the Pioneer League championship.

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Sid-sational!

A look back at the first pro season of Sid Fernandez, who won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1986.

Fernandez got his start in the Pioneer League with the Lethbridge Dodgers …

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Here Comes The Boom

David Wells could barely navigate connecting flights, let alone figure out where Medicine Hat was when he made his way outside of the United States for the first time.

The trip north in 1982, his introduction to professional baseball, offered the left-handed pitcher an education in sports and life. Wells was forthcoming about both aspects of his journey in his 2003 autobiography, Perfect I’m Not. One chapter of the book provides a compelling look at the minor-league experience at the lowest level.

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