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Celebrating baseball's past, present and future in Alberta. Ian Wilson and Joe McFarland chat with players, coaches, fans, volunteers and others involved in the sport in our province.

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Celebrating baseball's past, present and future in Alberta. Ian Wilson and Joe McFarland chat with players, coaches, fans, volunteers and others involved in the sport in our province.

    Episode 75: Landen Bourassa

    Episode 75: Landen Bourassa

    He didn't go to an academy in Alberta, but Landen Bourassa made a name for himself south of the border anyways. The Lethbridge-born pitcher is getting ready for his first start in almost a year this weekend after undergoing Tommy John Surgery shortly after his first start of the 2019 season with the University of San Francisco. We talked about the 6'4" right-hander's upbringing, the injury and his mindset, which centers on believing in himself.

    • 22 min
    Episode 74: Adam Macko & LaRon Smith

    Episode 74: Adam Macko & LaRon Smith

    The baseball season is getting closer! We're less than a week away until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. We thought we'd catch up with a pitcher and catcher from Alberta hoping to turn some heads. Vauxhall Academy's Adam Macko enters his first spring training after being drafted by Seattle in 2019, while Dawgs Academy's LaRon Smith is going into his second after being drafted by Minnesota in 2018. We chatted with both about the adjustments they have made in professional baseball and what they expect out of themselves heading into 2020.

    • 22 min
    Episode 73: Alberta's "Mr. Baseball"

    Episode 73: Alberta's "Mr. Baseball"

    Blair Kubicek moved to Lethbridge in 1995 with the goal to help get the Prairie Baseball Academy off the ground. He ended up coaching the team for 15 years while helping grow the game of baseball all over this province. He and five others will be inducted into the academy's new Hall of Fame this coming weekend, and we chatted with "Coach Kubicek" about the long list of accolades he has received (including being an Okotoks Dawgs Hall of Fame inductee in 2014), his advice for others trying to build the game in this province and why behind every good man, there’s a great woman.

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    Episode 72: Emerson Frostad

    Episode 72: Emerson Frostad

    Emerson Frostad's journey in baseball took him to places a kid who grows up in a hockey-dominated world could have only dreamed of. From his days with the Calgary Dawgs program before they moved to Okotoks to Lewis-Clark State College to being drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2003 and playing for Baseball Canada at the Olympics and Pan-Am Games, Frostad did it all. Now a corporate lawyer in Calgary and a member of our recently-announced "Alberta's All-Decade Squad", Frostad spoke with us about where he's been, some baseball life advice he cherishes, and his thoughts on former coach Larry Walker being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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    Episode 71: Devery Van De Keere

    Episode 71: Devery Van De Keere

    The Van De Keere name is synonymous with baseball in the Barrhead area, northwest of Edmonton. Keith was a standout pitcher with the Barrhead Blue Jays and was a member of the Canadian National Team before turning his attention to coaching and teaching. He was Baseball Alberta’s Ted Rudd Minor Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 and was made a Baseball Alberta Life Member in 2011.
    So it’s pretty easy to see why his son, Devery, would pick up a bat and excel at the sport. A star with his hometown teams as a youngster, he went onto Phoenix Junior College and Louisiana-Lafayette before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 48th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. After a couple of years with Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League, he went down his own path, traveling the world while playing and coaching.
    Now 34, Van De Keere is in Vancouver and has his eyes set on wearing the maple leaf again. We chatted with him earlier this week about where he’s been, where he’s going and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way.

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    Episode 70: 2020 Vision

    Episode 70: 2020 Vision

    With 2019 in the rearview mirror, Ian and Joe sit down to talk about some of the stories that stick out in their minds from the last year and look ahead to what's in store for 2020. Plus, we have a conversation with Jordan Blundell of the Edmonton Prospects as the team now has some certainty heading into the summer after a few questions were raised about what the City of Edmonton had in mind for RE/MAX Field.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

Jumbo Diaz ,

Great coverage of Alberta baseball

We’re lucky to have these guys devote their time to telling the story of baseball in Alberta!

lybby2 ,

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!

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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?

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