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Archive for June, 2013

I Finally get my Baseball Fix

Colton Turner warms up pre-game (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Canadians return from their longest trip of the season, an eight day marathon (one of two on the season) today for a six game homestand, before, once again, leaving us baseball addicts in the lurch. Those who are of age probably won’t mind the next trip though, as it’s to the Northwest League’s newest […]


Mother Nature Snaps Canadians Streak

Mike Reeves meets hit teammates (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I suppose it was going to have to be snapped somehow. Since Salem-Keizer couldn’t do it on their own accord, they needed to call in some re-inforcements. Mother nature was hired and delivered the requisite amount of rain to finish Sunday’s game after five innings. It just so happened that in the top of the […]


Introducing The Ghost: Matt Hitt

Matt Hitt warms up in the pen (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Regular readers of this blog (hi Mom) are aware that I have a predilection for both stats and spreadsheets. When it comes to baseball stats, there are two websites that are essential when covering any baseball, but are especially helpful with minor league information. Baseball Reference and Fangraphs are my writing bibles. Which is why […]


Canadians do the Salem-Kiezer Shuffle

Is this the last pic of Jason Leblebijian in C's colours? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After their afternoon win versus Spokane on Tuesday got them back to evens in the win/loss column, the C’s were given their first night off in Vancouver. I have it on good authority that a few took in the Whitecaps win over Chivas USA. Let’s hope they didn’t imbibe too much in Granville Island’s finest […]


Vancouver Canadians don’t Bring the Rain

Eric Brown warms up with a couple of smirking photo bombers (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Just like I’m no scout, I’m also no weatherman. And I’m sure they do study to get to their lofty positions, but wow, do they ever get it wrong in Vancouver. Today was no exception as a forecast of rain all day (and it was quite gloomy in the morning) turned into a nice mix […]


Home Opener at the Nat

Teams line up for the anthems at a sunny Nat (photo courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Vancouver Canadians returned home Monday night after dropping the final game of their three game set down in Tri-City against the Colorado Rockie affiliate Dust Devils. The C’s got another excellent effort from their starter, this time 2011 second round pick Jeremy Gabryszwski, who went six strong only giving up one earned on three […]


Vancouver Canadians are not Perfect

This is just a nice shot (courtesy of the vancouversun.com)

After getting outhit Friday night, the Canadians did the bulk of the hitting last night. Unfortunately, like last Friday, the team with the most hits didn’t come out with the win. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s game. Kyle Anderson, a non-drafted free-agent, is one of several returnees […]


A Walking Start

Justin Atkinson and Shaun Valeriote pose during media day (photo courtesy of VancouverSun.com)

This has been a pet peeve of mine for some time now, so excuse my opening paragraph rant. I just do not understand Team 1410. The local, and only ‘all sports network’ has an annoying habit of syndicating U.S. talk shows over broadcasting live sporting events. For me, I couldn’t believe ANYONE would want to […]


Vancouver Canadians Media Day

Shaun poses for my amateur photography skills (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I’m a bit late to the party, but still wanted to get a few thoughts down regarding the release of the Canadians roster at Wednesday’s media day prior to tonight’s season opener. I have to admit, I went into media day a bit wide eyed, it being my first rodeo, so some of the questions […]


Vancouver Canadians, The Draft, and other Notes

Vancouver Canadians, The Draft, and other Notes

Wow, that sort of snuck up on me. With all the focus on the draft, Lansing’s young pitchers, and everything Blue Jay, I’d lost sight of the most important things…..Opening Day for the Canadians! The season kicks off Friday with a quick road trip to Tri-City before the Nat opens for business on Monday where […]


Drafting Future Vancouver Canadians

AA in a good mood (must have been prior to last season) image courtesy of vancouversun.ca

The rule 4 MLB draft kicks off Thursday with rounds one and two on the dock. Three through ten will take place Friday and finally, on Saturday, we see the remaining thirty rounds. The changes made to the structure of the draft, how the slot system works, and penalties incurred for going over a team’s […]


Anthony Alford a Vancouver Canadian?

Will two sport start Anthony Alford spend parts of 2013 in Vancouver? (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

In the never-ending quest to predict the Vancouver Canadians opening day roster prior to…..Opening Day, some interesting bits of intelligence are starting to filter over the airwaves. The MLB draft takes place from the 6th through 8th of June which will provide a chunk of the roster. As we get closer to the draft, the […]