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Hawkish Move

The gloves are off.

And we’re not talking about the ones that catch baseballs.

With the recent announcement that the Edmonton Riverhawks will join the West Coast League (WCL) in 2021, that summer collegiate circuit has staked a claim in the heart of Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) territory with its 15th franchise.

It’s a move that has raised eyebrows and, in some circles, ire.

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Capital Gains

“It’s a relief for sure.”

The Edmonton Prospects headed into the off-season with a cloud of uncertainty surrounding its future at RE/MAX Field.

But a deal for 2020 has been signed and now, head coach and assistant general manager Jordan Blundell says they can now focus on the “fun stuff” heading into the summer.

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Coaching Duo Leaving Prospects

The Edmonton Prospects will have a new look in the dugout next year, as the coaching duo of Ray Brown and Orv Franchuk is moving on. 

But the experienced skipper tandem may not be away from the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) for very long. 

The Prospects announced the resignation of Brown, the team’s head coach, and Franchuk, the director of baseball development, on Sept. 12th after contract discussions with owner Patrick Cassidy broke down.

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Holy Schmidt! Did That Just Happen?

Well, you can’t say he didn’t warn you.

At the Okotoks Dawgs media day event, which is an opportunity for reporters to meet the team’s players and coaching staff prior to the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) season, head coach Mitch Schmidt was asked about his “Big Bear” nickname.

He described himself as “very easy going” and a guy who gets along with everybody. Then he followed that description up with this comment: “They say that I’m in hibernation, but when I come out of hibernation, the Big Bear comes out.”

The Big Bear definitely came out …

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