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Celebrating Alberta's past, present and future in baseball.

Celebrating Alberta's past, present and future in baseball.




Celebrating Alberta's past, present and future in baseball.




Episode 153: ”Going The Distance” Author Willie Steele

With the baseball season coming to an end here in Alberta, we thought we’d switch things up on this episode to bring on someone we’ve wanted to chat with for a while. Willie Steele is the author of “Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella". Released in 2019, it’s the biography of the Alberta-born scribe most famous for the novel “Shoeless Joe.” Kinsella was born and raised in the Edmonton area and also spent time at the University of Calgary among his many travels. Steele has...


Episode 152: Carson Hindmarsh

Much like our last few podcast guests, Carson Hindmarsh has had himself a busy summer. Aside from starring with the Okotoks Dawgs Black during the WCBL season, the 17-year-old Saskatoon native found himself playing with Baseball Canada's Junior National Team at the 18U Friendship Series in Florida. His season isn't over either as he's planning on another trip with the national team soon, and big things are on the horizon for the 6'3", 180-pound southpaw as he's committed to the University of...


Episode 151: Matt Grabmann

Matt Grabmann has become a world traveler in his short baseball career. Just this summer, he went from Dawgs Black in the Western Canadian Baseball League to Baseball Canada's Junior National Team to the Baseball Factory All-America Game, where he drew plenty of praise and was touching 95 miles per hour on the radar gun. The right-hander from Nova Scotia is a Dawgs Academy product who has also committed to joining the NCAA Division I University of Oregon to continue his baseball journey. We...


Episode 150: Boston Warkentin

Boston Warkentin was among a handful of Okotoks Dawgs players recently named to Baseball Canada's Junior National Team which took on the US in a best-of-seven Friendship Series. He pitched in ten games for Dawgs Black this summer before being summoned to the national team, where he impressed every time he stepped on the bump. Originally from Delta, BC, the 18-year-old righthander came through Dawgs Academy, where he’s elevated his game to being listed by the Canadian Baseball Network as the...


Episode 149: Max Hartman

Many athletes dream of the day they are able to represent their country on the world stage. St. Albert's Max Hartman was able to do that recently when he was named to Baseball Canada's Junior National Team that was heading to Florida for the 18U Friendship Series against the United States. The Washington State University commit joins us this week to talk about his baseball journey, which includes Dawgs Academy, Tournament-12 in Toronto and this past summer with Okotoks Dawgs Black.


Episode 148: Cody Hendriks

Cody Hendriks has certainly seen his share of baseball stadiums, airports, and quarantines over the past year. But traveling is nothing new for the 17-year-old, who is originally from the Netherlands. His family moved to Coquitlam, BC when he was 10, then a few years later, he came west to Dawgs Academy in Okotoks. Being from Netherlands meant he was eligible for their U18 team at the European Championship in early-July, where he helped his country take home the gold medal. He then came back...


Episode 147: Helaina Appleyard & Hayley Lalor

Fresh off their trip to Quebec for the Baseball Canada Women's National Team showcase, Helaina Appleyard and Hayley Lalor join us on this week's episode of the podcast. They were among four Albertans named to the roster (Madison Willan and Ellie Jespersen were the others), taking part in everything from fitness and baseball drills to practices and intrasquad games. Appleyard has been on Baseball Canada's roster for a while, turning many heads during the 2019 national tournament in Okotoks,...


Episode 146: Lethbridge Bulls Capture WCBL Championship

For the first time since 2015, the Lethbridge Bulls have captured the Western Canadian Baseball League title. It was quite the ride for the Bulls, who finished the regular season on a six-game losing streak, including the final four to the Sylvan Lake Gulls, who they met in the semi-finals. They would go on to sweep the Gulls and the Edmonton Prospects. We recap the run and are joined by WCBL Playoff MVP Bryce Oriold-Fraser and catcher Noah Or in our latest episode of the podcast. Big thanks...


Episode 145: Baseball Day in Canada

You couldn’t have asked for a better day of baseball on Saturday in Okotoks, as the Western Canadian Baseball League held “Baseball Day in Canada.” Not only did it feature two games between the Dawgs Black and the Edmonton Prospects, but also a full-day broadcast with interviews and panel discussions. Ian Wilson, who co-hosted the event along with Joe, stops by to talk about the event. We also listen into our conversation with Baseball Canada CEO Jason Dickson, who gave us a state of the...


Episode 144: Kyle Froehlich

Kyle Froehlich has been as consistent as they come for the Sylvan Lake Gulls this summer, and he’s doing it as a two-way threat. At the plate, the Nipawin, Saskatchewan native is hitting .330 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 29 games. On the mound, he’s made 11 appearances, mostly in relief, sporting a 1-3 record with five saves and a 2.40 ERA. He put up similar numbers this past spring with Colby Community College, drawing interest from the WCBL’s Moose Jaw Miller Express. When they...


Episode 143: Ty Penner

Many players around the Western Canadian Baseball League are getting the chance to play in the stadiums they grew up watching baseball games in. Such is the case for Ty Penner. The Lethbridge native is in his second season with the Bulls and has been having a solid season. The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball grad and UBC Thunderbirds infielder is among the league leaders in batting average and doubles this summer, and is grateful for the opportunity to take part in the All-Canadian season with...


Episode 142: Jackson Fraser

The NJCAA Division II final series between LSU-Eunice and Western Oklahoma was one for the ages. It also included a pair of players with ties to Alberta. We previously chatted with Airdrie's Ayden Makarus about becoming a national champion, and this week, we bring a conversation we recently had with fellow Dawgs Academy grad Jackson Fraser. The freshman right-hander hails from Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, and is no stranger to hopping on a plane to keep his baseball dreams alive. He's now...


Episode 141: Alejandro Cazorla Granados & Conor Bronson

As the Western Canadian Baseball League season winds along, we wanted to give you a chance to get to know some of the players who have been entertaining us with their play this summer. That continues this week with Dawgs Black infielder Alejandro Cazorla Granados and Edmonton Prospects outfielder Conor Bronson. The two have had very different paths that have now crossed. Cazorla Granados is originally from Venezuela but moved to Canada when he was younger, while Bronson is originally from...


Episode 140: 2021 MLB Draft Review

Many eyes were on the 2021 MLB Draft this week as young baseball players hoped to hear their names called over the 20 rounds. In the end, 17 Canadians were taken and while none were from Alberta, a handful played or trained here. We recap what all happened, plus we're joined by Milwaukee Brewers draft pick and Dawgs Academy grad Tristan Peters as well as San Diego Padres selection and Vauxhall Academy product Garrett Hawkins.


Episode 139: Cleary Simpson & Tucker Zdunich

One of the big storylines heading into the Western Canadian Baseball League season was about how it would be an "All-Canadian" summer. It was viewed as an opportunity to show off the great talent we have in Canada, especially here in Alberta, as we slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of the podcast, we chat with a couple of players who are suiting up for teams close to home. Elnora's Cleary Simpson entered the Sylvan Lake Gulls' record book by scoring the team's...


Episode 138: Carlin Dick

At 5'8" and 215 pounds, Carlin Dick isn't the most imposing player on the Lethbridge Bulls roster. But fans are definitely taking notice as he's opened up the WCBL season on fire. Through five games, the Vauxhall Academy product was hitting .333 with two doubles, five runs batted in and two stolen bases. The Abbottsford, BC native is also coming off an All-MAAC All-Rookie Team season with Canisius College, where he hit .348 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 17 games. As the Bulls got ready...


Episode 137: Cole Tucker

Cole Tucker figures to be a prominent piece of the Dawgs Red squad during the 2021 Western Canadian Baseball League season. The native of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland is a Dawgs Academy product who went on to play with Southeastern Community College before spending the last couple of years with the Niagara University Purple Eagles. He's coming off a spring where he hit .391 with three home runs and 19 runs batted in, while being named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Second...


Episode 136: WCBL Season Preview

It will be a season like no other, that can absolutely be certain. First pitch on the 2021 Western Canadian Baseball League season is upon us. Five teams will be taking part: the Edmonton Prospects, Lethbridge Bulls, two squads from the Okotoks Dawgs and the expansion Sylvan Lake Gulls will be hitting the field this summer with dreams of winning the coveted Harry Hallis trophy. And for the first time, the league is going “All Canadian” to showcase the home-grown talent we have in Alberta and...


Episode 135: Ayden Makarus

Ayden Makarus can now add "national champion" to his impressive baseball resume. The Dawgs Academy product was part of the LSU-Eunice squad that captured the NJCAA Division II title over the weekend in an exciting 5-4 extra innings win over Western Oklahoma. Makarus has been an immediate contributor to the Bengals offensively after a successful high school career, including a spot on Baseball Canada's Junior National Team. We talked about it all, plus a few other questions that we didn't get...


Episode 134: Play Ball!

It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to look forward to actual baseball on Alberta diamonds. But after the provincial government announced its roadmap to reopening, baseball organizers started formalizing their “return to play” plans. There’s an air of cautious optimism, especially knowing that plans can and likely will, change. So we thought we’d go right to the source this week and chat with a couple of people who have been helping drive those preparations forward. Ryan Bird of...