Baseball must embrace its uniqueness and stay retro

Every time MLB moves away from its history, tradition and nostalgia, the game doesn’t improve a little, it dies a little

Baseball must embrace its uniqueness and stay retroBaseball is a significantly different sport than football, basketball and hockey. It’s that uniqueness, and the tradition that comes from the fact that baseball has changed very little over the years, that accounts for a lot of its popularity. “There’s no crying in baseball!” said Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks) in the movie A…

What happened to baseball’s free-agent frenzy?

If there is collusion this time, MLB has likely not left crumbs behind for the players association to dine upon

What happened to baseball’s free-agent frenzy?It was supposed to be the winter when money ran like water in baseball. With superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper dangling for anxious teams, it was predicted that the previous record for a Major League Baseball contract was going to be shattered. That would be the $325-million deal inked by Giancarlo Stanton with the…

Tied up in knots over ties in sports

Every sport has a different approach to dealing with games that end in a stalemate, including overtime and skills contests

Tied up in knots over ties in sportsThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of the transcendent TV series The Sopranos. As its creator, David Chase understands better than most that a lousy ending can ruin a lot of the good work. Chase famously used a sudden blackout to conclude the final episode while Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ played in the…

Rockies’ Murphy signing speaks to organization’s faulty values

Colorado chose to give millions of dollars to someone who denigrates gays. We should all be offended

Rockies’ Murphy signing speaks to organization’s faulty valuesThe Colorado Rockies recently signed free agent Daniel Murphy to a two-year, $24-million contract. On the surface, from a baseball perspective, it looked like a good move. Murphy has had some great seasons in recent years for the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, including finishing second in MVP voting following the 2016 Major League…

Teamwork: A commitment to the oneness

Selfishness and out-of-control egos destroy more teams with the potential to be great than anything else, including injuries

Teamwork: A commitment to the onenessFrom a spiritual perspective, I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful to watch in sports than a team seamlessly working as a group. I once saw it described as a “commitment to the oneness.” I like that.  Helping a teammate – and in doing so, helping yourself and the team as a whole – is…

Is today’s baseball player better than yesteryear’s?

They may well be, but the game certainly isn't as compelling or entertaining as it once was

Is today’s baseball player better than yesteryear’s?It’s a perennial baseball topic: Were the players from the past better or worse than today’s? It’s a fun topic, often debated in offices, in sports bars and on radio talk shows – especially come World Series time. There are points to be made on both sides of the question. We asked our followers for…

Toronto’s fond farewell to John Gibbons exposes deep faults

The Blue Jays’ president and GM bear the brunt of the blame for a horrible season, not the departing manager

Toronto’s fond farewell to John Gibbons exposes deep faultsLegendary baseball manager Leo Durocher once growled, “Show me a good loser and I‘ll show you a loser.” Soon-to-be ex-Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is certainly not a loser. Trips to the post-season in 2015 and 2016 showed him at his best. But for his 10 seasons during two stints in Toronto, his record was…

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sports

Expansion meant salary caps and luxury taxes were necessary to keep teams competitive. But the system has failed players and fans

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sportsThe problem with giving an athlete all the money he’ll ever need is that he’s going to ask you for something you can’t guarantee – no matter how much money you have. And that’s a championship. As the Erik Karlsson drama demonstrated last week, when an athlete gets all the money he can command, he’ll…

Wellness Room volunteers: We just do it!

For Joanne Kosolofski and Bev Callsen, volunteering is an integral part of their friendship

Wellness Room volunteers: We just do it!  Joan Janzen of The Clarion Joanne Kosolofski describes herself as the instigator in bringing the Wellness Room at the West Central Events Centre into existence. She started working with Heartland Health and managed to have exercise therapists conduct a 12-week program. This was followed by several years of programs being held on the track…

Dream big no matter how preposterous

Disappointment has the potential to destroy us but it can also make us great. What determines the difference?

Dream big no matter how preposterousNineteenth-century British writer Eliza Tabor said, “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens it, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” Disappointment is a reality in the life of every person, yet far too often we look upon it as failure. If we apply for a job and…

Will fans stay loyal as the Blue Jays rebuild?

The 2015 and 2016 Jays were wildly successful but that winning culture couldn't be sustained. A new winning era will take time

Will fans stay loyal as the Blue Jays rebuild?In retail, the time-honoured phrase is “Under-promise and over-deliver.” In sports, you might amend that to: “If you promise something, you’d better deliver.” The history of sport is lined with examples of a fan base turning on a team that, just years earlier, it had worshipped. My book Ice Storm catalogues the meteoric romance between…

Local ball players loved national tournament experience

Kyle Donaldson, Corson Harris and Dallas McGrath played for Team Saskatchewan in the 2018 21U Men’s Championship

Local ball players loved national tournament experienceKenneth Brown of The Clarion Three of Kindersley’s finest young ball players have returned after playing for their province and they all say the tournament was an awesome experience. Kyle Donaldson, Corson Harris and Dallas McGrath played for Team Saskatchewan in the 2018 21U Men’s Championship on Aug. 16-19 in St. Thomas, Ont. Team Saskatchewan…

Kindersley Raiders win back-to-back titles

Fertile Valley Baseball League champions for a second year in a row after defeating the Kindersley Stallions in a three-game series

Kindersley Raiders win back-to-back titles    Kenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley Raiders are Fertile Valley Baseball League champions for a second year in a row after defeating the Kindersley Stallions in a three-game series. Three of the largest crowds at Berard Field since the Baseball Canada Cup in 2010 enjoyed the thrilling best-of-three series played over three…

All-Kindersley championship rematch in FVBL final series

The Stallions will hope for a different outcome to the series after losing the 2017 final to the Raiders in two straight games

All-Kindersley championship rematch in FVBL final series  Clarion Staff The Kindersley Raiders and Kindersley Stallions will lock horns in the Fertile Valley Baseball League championship for the second consecutive year. A trend of competitive baseball has continued in the 2018 FVBL playoffs. All four playoff series so far have taken all three games to decide the winners, and the Raiders and…

Local ball players to represent the province

Kyle Donaldson, Corson Harris, Dallas McGrath and Joel McGrath will all play for Team Saskatchewan at Baseball Canada events

Local ball players to represent the province  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion Four members of the Kindersley Stallions baseball club are travelling to eastern Canada this month to play in national tournaments for Team Saskatchewan. Kyle Donaldson, Corson Harris and Dallas McGrath are all heading to St. Thomas, Ont., to play for Team Saskatchewan in the 21U Men’s Championship on Aug.…
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