Host Joe McFarland chats with players, coaches, fans, volunteers and others involved in the sport in our province. While the focus is on their personal journeys, we also talk about some of the headlines and issues surrounding baseball in Alberta.
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 11th best Canadian prospect for the 2022 MLB Draft. He’s also committed to the University of Washington, another Division 1 powerhouse. We talked about it all with Boston in a phone chat last week.
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 to his home away from home to play with Okotoks Dawgs Black, and is now at school with the NCAA Division I California State University-Bakersfield.
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, while Lalor was also a key piece to Alberta‘s success in that event. And as we hear in this episode, both have strong family ties to the game.
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 to @YQLSports for the team photo we're using as our cover art for this episode.
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 game and talked about where we'll go from here, as part of the broadcast of "Baseball Day in Canada."
Great coverage of Alberta baseball
We’re lucky to have these guys devote their time to telling the story of baseball in Alberta!
Great Interviewer and Production Value!
So happy to have stumbled upon this pod after following ADS on social media. Everything an Alberta baseball fan is interested in. Content is fabulous and relevant! One suggestion is to reintroduce guests by full name and title at the closing of interviews as a reminder for the listening audience. Keep up the great work!
Alberta's Vin Scullys
Two guys, passion and joy. Vin and Scully. They do phenomenal job at Alberta Dugout Stories. It's breath taking how huge knowledge they've got about the players from all over the world that are somehow connected to this province. AB Podcasts brought another dimension to the Alberta baseball encyclopedia. It's about people you might currently know or you might meet tomorrow or week later. It's real. I'm just wondering who is Vin and who is Scully?