Big Fan and Big Friend Len Nunes wrote this great piece for us about yesterday's Big Announcement:
For the first time in Western Canadian Baseball League history, all players will be from Canada!...The league announced yesterday that the 2021 season will not feature all eleven of its member franchises. The Okotoks Dawgs (2 teams), Lethbridge Bulls, Sylvan Lake Gulls and Edmonton Prospects have committed teams consisting of Canadian talent. The Fort McMurray Giants and Medicine Hat Mavericks continue to discuss the options available to them and will decide in the coming weeks whether they will play this season or not. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Restrictions, testing costs, border issues and the uncertainty of this time, the Swift Current 57’s, Regina Red Sox, Weyburn Beavers, Moose Jaw Miller Express and Brooks Bombers have regrettably made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to wait until 2022 to return to the field.…
WCBL President Kevin Kvame also noted that the decisions have been made in the best interests of players, coaches, staff, officials and fans. He adds the teams are eager to bring baseball back to each community as quickly and safely as possible, with government and health authority consent, as baseball is a part of the fabric of our communities and it’s vital to provide a safe outlet for our world-class athletes...
The excerpts above are from the Western Canadian Baseball League announcement made March 25th in regards to the upcoming 2021 season. A "return to play" plan to be approved by Alberta Health Services is in the works. As information becomes more concrete, communications will be sent out to Prospects fans through social media channels and the team website.
The current Edmonton Prospects roster has seven Canadians listed. Four of those Canadians will be returnees to our Club.
• RP Scott Gillespie, 15 games played (GP), 16 1/3 innings played, 5.51 ERA, 13 Walks (W), 13 strikeouts (K)
• RP Jesse Poniewozik, 10GP, 25 1/3 IP, 1.77 ERA, 7 W, 17 K
• RP Haden Dow, 9 GP, 9 1/3 IP, 6.75 ERA, 7 W, 9 K
• IF Brendan Luther .281 BA, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 8 SB
Everyone in the Prospects office and the league offices are working hard to bring you baseball this summer. The Edmonton Prospects hope to see you at some of the many games to be played in the Edmonton area this summer. Our revised game schedule will be posted on our website as soon as it is possible to finalize it.