Three Long Years

You couldn’t fault Shaun Atamanchuk if he thought the worst when he heard his UCL tear was the worst his doctor had ever seen.

Yet, the Beaumont, Alberta native took the news in stride, documenting his recovery through his Instagram account.

After nearly three years without baseball, he recently made the triumphant return to the bump with the University of Antelope Valley.

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Cleveland Calling

Erik Sabrowski wasn’t overly surprised when he saw his name come up in the recent MLB Rule 5 Draft.

Battling arm injuries the last three years – including a second Tommy John Surgery this fall – the Cleveland Guardians took him from the San Diego Padres with the 11th overall pick.

The Edmonton-area product is hoping to use all he’s learned over the past few years to make a big jump in 2023.

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Chas-ing Glory

“You have to stick with it, even when things don’t go your way.”

While Edmonton’s Chas Wheatley might be offering that advice to young baseball players, it’s hard not to think he has uttered those words to himself occasionally over the last few years.

The University of Iowa pitcher has seen more than his fair share of adversity while chasing his baseball dreams.

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Senior Pitch Counts

That back-to-school feeling can hit some people harder than others. 

Classroom seating smacks several students with instant nostalgia, inspired by summer memories that fade faster than a farmer’s tan. 

Pitchers who have completed their senior season of baseball, and chased that with a final tour on the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) circuit, suffer from phantom pain. They’re back at college or university to complete their education, but the baseball – at least the competitive version of it that they’re used to – has been amputated. 

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Mom’s The Word

Taylor Burns is a baseball coach and strength & conditioning coach who has impacted the lives of countless athletes in Alberta.

He is the owner and founder of Absolute Human Performance (AHP), a training facility in Edmonton.

Taylor was kind enough to write this story for us to help us celebrate all the amazing moms out there on this Mother’s Day. We thank him for his contribution – both here and in the sporting world – and we offer a big thanks to all the mothers who give us so much, so frequently.

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