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WCL eyes Victoria for 2013

The summer-collegiate West Coast League is negotiating to put a team in Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park for the 2013 season. It would be the circuit’s first foray into Canada. Currently the league features teams in Washington State and Oregon. Royal Athletic Park was home to the Victoria Seals (independent; North American League) for two seasons […]

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Labatt Park named Canada’s favorite ballpark

In a contest tallying over 19,000 votes, London’s Labatt Park was named Canada’s favorite ballpark by Baseball Canada, beating out Thunder Bay’s Port Arthur Stadium in the finals. Labatt Park, one of the oldest ballparks still in existence, has been home to professional, semipro and independent teams over the years. “Baseball Canada congratulates Labatt Park […]

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Now at Al Lang Field: The International Baseball Series

Hungry for some baseball at Al Lang Field? Then check out the St. Pete International Baseball, where teams from around the world — including the Blue Jays, Phillies and Rays — compete at the historic spring-training facility now through March 13. The tournament, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Sports Alliance, hasn’t been publicized very well, […]

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It’s official: Canadians now farm team for Toronto

You read it here first, and it was officially announced today: the Toronto Blue Jays have signed a player-development contract with the Vancouver Canadians, as the only two Canadian teams in affiliated ball join forces. The announcement confirms what we reported yesterday. Here’s the word from the official press release: Partnering with Vancouver is a […]

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Jays wooing Canadians as affiliate

The only two affiliated teams in Canada may be uniting forces, as the Toronto Blue Jays are close to signing a player-development contract with the Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League). The move makes sense if you are Canadian: it gives the Blue Jays a coast-to-coast presence north of the border, and it gives […]

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Nat Bailey Stadium / Vancouver Canadians

Nat Bailey Stadium began life as Capilano Stadium, the home of the legendary Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League. (What’s a Capilano? It was a local brewery.) It’s been the psychic center of baseball in British Columbia since there, serving as the home of the Vancouver Capilanos (“Caps”), the Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific […]

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Olympic Stadium / Montreal Expos

We dig into the archives for a look back at Olympic Stadium when it hosted the Montreal Expos. Year Built: 1976Capacity: 46,500Dimensions: 325L, 404C, 325RTicket Prices: VIP, $40; box seats, $30; terrace, $20; general admission, $15; bleachers, $10 (all prices CDN)Parking: There are several public parking lots within a block of the ballpark, including a […]

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Shaw Park / Winnipeg Goldeyes

There’s a certain type of ballpark currently in vogue in the minor leagues: a raised mezzanine packed with concession stands, with a grandstand sloping down to the playing field. There are many advantages to this layout: the mezzanine area can accommodate socializing and fans can hit the concession stands without missing any of the action. […]

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