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Western Canadian Baseball League ramping up plans for all-Canadian season

 

Lethbridge, AB – In light of the Alberta government’s re-opening plans unveiled on Wednesday, the Western Canadian Baseball League is closing in on some key dates for its upcoming season.

After listening to the announcement, WCBL president Kevin Kvame met with governors to discuss the next steps.

“We have been in close contact with government and health officials since we announced our intentions for an all-Canadian season in March,” Kvame said. “With today’s announcement, we’re extremely excited by the possibilities that are on the horizon for this summer.”

It’s expected that the season will begin on June 18 with the Okotoks Dawgs visiting the Lethbridge Bulls while the expansion Sylvan Lake Gulls host the Edmonton Prospects.

“We will begin the season with a limited number of fans in the stands, as per guidance from officials,” Kvame commented. “We also anticipate increasing that capacity in late-June or early-July, depending on hospitalizations and vaccination rates.”

A tentative schedule is expected to be released over the next week, with the plan for playoff semi-finals August 16-18 and the championship series to be held August 20-22.

He adds the league and its teams will continue to exercise diligence throughout the summer and adhere to all provincial guidelines as they are changed and adopted.

“We’re just excited to get back on the field and provide a great summer of baseball for our talented Canadian players,” Kvame concluded. “We’re also excited for our fans, who we applaud for standing by us as we’ve been planning this season.”

Stay tuned to the Western Canadian Baseball League’s website and social media channels (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) for further updates on this upcoming season.

WCBL GOES ALL-CANADIAN FOR THE 2021 SEASON
 
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.

CRACKER CAT JERSEYS HIT THE MARKET!

Back in 2012 when the Edmonton Prospects started using Telus Field (now Re/Max Field) as their home venue, they had an opportunity to purchase the last of the Cracker Cats jerseys.  As the years go by, these jerseys can now quite possibly be referred to as "vintage".  They were once worn by Northern League Greats such as Stubby Clapp or possibly Scott Richmond who both played in the Majors.  If you have a baseball fan or a jersey collector on your holiday list, we have the perfect place for you to shop!  Not only can you pick up vintage Cracker Cat Jerseys, you can also search through the great Edmonton Prospects Gear choices too.  

THESE JERSEYS CAN NOW BE PURCHASED ONLINE:

CLICK HERE (or go to our main website at www.prospectsbaseballclub.com and hit "SHOP")