Friday, April 29, 2011

Talent ID camps rescheduled

The talent ID camps previously posted for 16/17 year olds for Canada Cup, and for 13-15 for the Alberta Zone Championship and Western Canada Summer Games that had been postponed have now been rescheduled:
Medicine Hat - Sunday, May 1st - 4:00pm - Athletic Field
Lethbridge - Monday, May 2nd - 5:30pm - Spitz Stadium

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Albertans lead Junior National Team to win

Jake Hansen of Fort MacLeod threw 3 shutout innings, while Jordan Procyshen of Calgary and Brendan Hendriks of Cochrane helped the offence as the Junior National Team defeated the Washington Nationals 
extended spring team 7-4.

The team has 2 games left, tomorrow and Friday against the Tigers and Astros before returning home on the weekend.  They will then be back in action from May 18th to May 26th in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Talent ID camps

I had previously posted a schedule of Canada Cup ID camps for 16/17 years olds.

At the same times and locations, the Talent ID camps will be held for 13-15 year olds interested in trying out for the Alberta Zone Championship and the Western Canada Summer Games.  Please look here for registration and other information.

Due to the recent poor weather in the southern part of our province, the first camps have had to be postponed.
Please look at the Alberta Amateur Baseball Council's website for updates on rescheduling.

Postponed Medicine HatAthletic ParkLovell McDonnel 
Spitz StadiumAaron Lavorato 
May 6thCalgary 6:00pm Optimist Park Miki Kawahara 
May 9thCalgary 5:30pm Inland Park Matt McLane 
May 10thOkotoks 5:30pm Seaman StadiumBrett Thomas 
May 16th Sherwood Park5:30pm Heights Park Curtis Denney 
May 17thRed Deer 5:30pm Edgar Park Terry Letkeman  
May 24thEdmonton 5:30pmCallingwood Park Dan Rude 
May 31stSt. Albert 5:30pm Legion Memorial Ed Ewasiuk 
June 2ndGrande Prairie 5:30pm Evergreen Park Mona Turner 
June 6thFt. McMurray 5:30pm Ron Morgan Park Paul McWilliams
June 7thElk Point 6:30pm Basset Field Lorn Berg 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jose Canseco

I posted yesterday on my Red Sox blog that Jose Canseco was going to be player manager for an NABL team that will be playing in Edmonton and Calgary.   In retrospect it probably made more sense to post that on this blog.   Whatever.   Read the details here.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Albertans in MLB

There are 16 Canadian players on opening day rosters.  From new household names such as defending MVP Joey Votto to those who were around BEFORE the Blue Jays had won a World Series (Matt Stairs).  And these players come from coast to coast, but not a single one of these is from Alberta.  Hopefully this will change in the next few seasons, as the Canadian Baseball Network has released its annual list of Canadians playing college ball, and there are 74 Albertan baseball players on the rosters of schools playing college south of the border.
Among the notables are RHP Ryan Thompson, LHP Ryan Kennedy and 3B Jesse Sawyer who are all on the

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ryan Thompson - From the Prairies to dominating the Northeast-10 Conference

Right handed pitcher Ryan Thompson has a future that is much brighter than those rare summer days in Fort McMurray.
Originally from Calgary, he played ball in Fort McMurray before moving to New Hampshire and playing High School baseball at Souhegan High in Amherst.  He then started his College career at UConn with mixed success.  His highlight was pitching a perfect inning of relief in a win at Hartford, but he ended up only appearing in 5 games, and had a 9.53 ERA.  Subsequently he transferred to Franklin Pierce to play for the Ravens of the Northeast-10 Conference in Rindge, NH.   Things have been looking up ever since!
As a newcomer and just a sophomore, he was designated one of the team’s captains which was “a testament to his leadership qualities”, said Ravens  Coach Jayson King, adding that Ryan “ is one of the hardest working guys on our team and is totally dedicated to pitching and our program”.  And the accolades kept coming.