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Lugnuts to Win With Canadian Experience?

Robson celebrates pitching C's to 3rd straight title (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

While I am no great believer in the, seemingly ageless, sports adage that playoff experience is a must for playoff success, I still thought it would be interesting, with the Lansing Lugnuts, single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, about to start their Midwest League quarterfinal against the land-locked Great Lake Loons, to see how […]


Blue Jays Trade Canadian’s MVP Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto scores one of his league leading 65 runs

The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a massive trade on Friday.  One that included three of their farmhands, including the best outfield player I’ve seen in Vancouver, Franklin Barreto.  It’s funny, I’ve been having some twitter banter recently with some regular correspondents.  Comments such as ‘procrastinator’ have been used to describe my inability to get […]


Vancouver Canadians Season in Review – Short Form

He's got a high leg kick

It’s been over 10 days since the Vancouver Canadians had to hand over the Bob Freitas Trophy, a piece of property they probably thought was theirs by right, for Northwest League supremacy to the Hillsboro Hops.  10 days.  Seems longer than that.  So, with hockey season (or as I call it, baseball’s prospect shoulder season) […]


Is Franklin Barreto the NWL MVP?

Barreto makes a throw from short

With three games left in the Vancouver Canadians season most people’s focus will be on whether the C’s can re-create a bit of 2013’s magic and put a pretty poor second half behind them, stumble into the playoffs, before going on one of their patented rolls.  This should be the focus.  Something else may be decided […]


Your Van Cs Weekly – Episode 6

Pentecost hits a sac fly in his first C's AB

When Greg and I set out to do a ‘weekly’ podcast looking at the Vancouver Canadians, Andrew Stoeten of Drunk Jays Fans fame commented that you should be careful about what promises you make.  Getting a weekly podcast up, especially during the summer months, when baseball is in full swing and holidays sometimes take priority […]


Vancouver Canadians Pitchers – July 17th

Is this what they call 'arm drag'?

After getting in the hitter’s stats on the 1st of July I had promised to do the pitchers by mid-month.  Unfortunately that didn’t seem to work out, but we’re not too late, so without further ado.  The pitcher’s stats just over a month into the season. I’ve ordered the stats by FIP, simply because it […]


Charting Miguel Castro – Part Dos

Castro rocks and fires (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Canadians returned to sunny Vancouver Friday evening after, what seemed like (to me at least), an interminably long road trip, to face their perennial North division rival the Everett Aquasox. Miguel Castro was on the bump for the C’s, making his sixth start of the season. It was hot as Hades at the Nat so […]


Scouting the Vancouver Canadians

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Reading through some of the posts on this very blog from last year, it looks very much like I made an effort to give brief scouting reports on many of the Canadians, focusing especially on 2013 draftees.  A lot of that was because the C’s weren’t really blessed with any exciting, young prospects to start […]


Vancouver Canadians Hitters – July 1st

Barreto in his load

With the C’s big Canada Day win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes we officially mark the first calendar month (abbreviated, of course) of the Northwest League season and therefore the first edition of YourVanCs statistical analysis.  I’m going to try and do something monthly for both hitters and pitchers but if trends start to take hold […]


Charting Miguel Castro

Castro looks set to unload (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I was at the Nat this past Friday, enjoying the sunshine and baseball.  No beer for me though, Friday was about work.  Which entailed charting the Canadians starter, 19 year old Dominican right-hander, Miguel Castro.  Making his home debut, Castro was nothing short dominant. I know I tend to swoon over prospects I see live, […]


Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 14th

Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 14th

Edition two of YourVanCs weekly is in the can.  This week, with the Vancouver Canadians season finally upon us, Greg and I take a look at the roster, specifically who we should keep an eye on early in the season (hint: look to the starters).  There is also interviews with returning C’s manager John Schneider, […]


Vancouver Canadians Skeleton Roster Announced!

David Harris shot artistically from a distance (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

In preparation for today’s meet and greet with the media, the Vancouver Canadians let us know who we would getting introduced to by officially announcing their skeleton roster yesterday.  Now, ‘skeleton’ may be a bit of a misnomer as, looking through the various positions, it only looks like the infield is a bit light, with no […]


Big Weekend for the Vancouver Canadians

Robson during happier times (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Thursday night’s series finale in Everett encapsulated the Canadians season. After getting a great start from Colton Turner and a clutch two RBI double from the slumping Justin Atkinson, the C’s turned the ball over to closer Chuck Ghysels in the ninth. Four batters later, Vancouver was back on the bus heading up the I-5 […]


Middling Back to the Nat

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

On Monday I wrote that the schedule-makers weren’t very kind to the C’s to start the second half of the Northwest League campaign. If the Canadians ‘could just hold serve through the end of July’ they would be set up nicely with nineteen of their final twenty-nine at the Nat. After a four and four […]


Getting off to a Good Start in Second Half

Go get 'em Gaby (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After getting over the disappointment of just missing out on the first half flag, the Vancouver Canadians couldn’t have asked for a tougher schedule to begin the second half. With eight straight road games in Spokane and Eugene, a decent effort by the C’s, could go a long way towards setting them up to make […]


Two for the Road

Gaby makes his way to the mound (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the Canadians early-season roster in constant flux I have found myself writing quite a bit on the new faces arriving in Vancouver and some of players who may very well make their way up over time. Of course, the roster cannot expand exponentially. Some of the current players will need to make way. After […]


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 […]


2012 Vancouver Canadians Season in Review

2012 Vancouver Canadians Season in Review

Everybody, around Christmas time, does year in review pieces along with their 2013 predictions.  I missed the boat on this one, which is especially egregious since I’ve been making noises all winter about how little content I am faced with covering a short season rookie ball team.  However, I do have an excuse or two.  […]


The Replacements

The Replacements

As a reference to Sly Stallone and his repeated attempts to stay relevant in Hollywood (at least he has a paying career mind, so I can’t really be that negative), this post will hopefully intelligently break down the players who joined the C’s through the season.  In many instances it will be these ‘replacements’ that […]