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 EAST DIVISION
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 Swift Current23100.6970
 Yorkton17160.5156
 Saskatoon15180.4558
 Melville14190.4249
 Weyburn11220.33312
 Moose Jaw9240.27314
 
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 Lethbridge20130.6060
 Calgary20130.6060
 Medicine Hat19140.5761
 Red Deer17160.5153
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PRESS RELEASES

February 2, 2005 - WMBL Adds Two New Teams!
The Lights Are Here!
Swift Current Indians Baseball Shines Bright!
Yellow Jackets Spero Leakos Tribute
Travelodge Now Generals Host Hotel
March 25, 2004 - "Bulls Baseball News Conference Notes"
March 22, 2004 - "Swift Current Indians Baseball Shines Bright!"
February 3, 2004 - "Dawgs sign David Robb as Head Coach"
February 3, 2004 - "Dawgs Garner Baseball America Pre-Season Selections"


WMBL Adds Two New Teams!
We would like to announce that the WMBL has accepted two new teams into our league this year.

We are happy to introduce the Regina Red Sox and the Edmonton Big River Prospects as members of our league. All teams are looking forward to having them in our league.

EAST Division: Saskatoon Yellow Jackets, Swift Current Indians, Moose Jaw Millers, Regina Red Sox, Weyburn Beavers, Melville Millionaires, Yorkton Cardinals

The Lights Are Here!
The Indians will be hosting Weyburn on July 10, 2004 and this game will be the first with lights at Indians ball park.  The game start will be 7pm for the first time in Indians history and will remain at 7pm for the rest of the season.  There will be opening ceremonies that night with the mayor and city council and the Indians Board of Directors.

Swift Current Indians Baseball Shines Bright!
The Swift Current Indians Baseball Club has had a long history in the southwest part of the province however until this summer a lit park was only a field in their dreams.

On March 15th, Swift Current City Council approved the purchase and installation of new lights for the Indians Baseball Field on 19th Avenue N.E. Although the club has played at a few other locations within the city during their day, Indian's Park has been home since 1985. With the history of Senior Men's Baseball dating back to the "Barnstorming Era" of the 1930's and 1940's, baseball under the lights has never found it's way to Swift Current until now.

Swift Current Indian's President Ben Friesen stated, "We are so happy to have the opportunity to have night baseball games for our fans now! Our executive has been working on this project for a number of years and we are glad that City Council recognizes the value that this will have to our community. We feel that the spin-offs from hosting evening contests, and special events like this year's WMBL All-Star Game can be beneficial to our businesses and supporters as well. Even though there are a number of baseball fans in the city, we kept hearing that many people were unable to attend games because they started at 6:00 p.m., which was too early. Hopefully this helps us all. "

Harv Martinez, Coach and Director of Baseball Operations was equally optimistic as well. "I firmly believe that this development bodes well for the community and for baseball, in general. I have to give a tremendous amont of credit to Ben (Friesen) and all our Board of Directors for their fortitude and patience in seeing this through. I also have to commend our new Mayor, Sandy Larson and City Council for their progressive approach with projects such as these. It couldn't have happened without their vision. We are certainly very excited about the future of baseball here and I think the community is as well."

The Indians will begin all their evening games at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Saskatoon Yellow Jackets Baseball Presents:
Spero Leakos Tribute “Mr. Baseball for over 50 Years”

May 13, 2004 – At the Sheraton Cavalier
Cocktails: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00pm

Guest Speakers include: Pat Gillick: Former G.M.- Toronto Blue Jays
                                 Terry Puhl: Former Houston Astro
                                 David Karwacki: Alumni/ player

Hosted by Wray Morrision
Great Door Prizes
Silent auction items up for bid
Meet the “Stinger Girls”
Support your Saskatoon Yellow Jackets and Care and Share for Kids

Tickets: Single seat- $60.00
Corporate Table (8)- $400.00
For Ticket Information and Corporate Support Please Contact Erin @ 249- 0794 or Darren @230- 6736

Thanks Again for your support!

Travelodge Now Generals Host Hotel
The Red Deer Generals are happy to announce a partnership agreement with Red Deer Travelodge which will run through 2006.

For the next three years, all teams in town to visit the Red Deer Generals will be staying at the Red Deer Travelodge. This will be both convenient and comfortable for players and coaches and affordable for each organization.

“Having Red Deer Travelodge as the host hotel is great for the WMBL’” says Generals GM Chris Howell. “Their location on Gaetz south is within minutes to Great Chief Park and close to all amenities. Teams will be happy to stay at Travelodge which has everything they need and it is a hotel chain that they are familiar with and can trust.”

Travelodge is also the host hotel in Lethbridge for the Bulls.

Other local sponsors that have recently committed to the Generals are Community Savings, Destiny Charters, and Red Deer Bottling. These are all great partnerships that again increase the credibility of the Generals and provide increased community exposure for these businesses. Each is very involved in the Red Deer area already and their support is sincerely appreciated.

The Generals home opener is May 29th versus the Lethbridge Bulls. Tickets are available by calling (403) 358-3337.

March 25, 2004 Bulls Baseball News Conference Notes
 • Attached is a copy of the 2004 Lethbridge Bulls season schedule, including both the Bulls regular schedule in the Western Major Baseball League, and the new Rocky Mountain Challenge Cup
 
 • The Rocky Mountain Challenge Cup, will add a new dimension of excitement for Bulls Fans. The Cup will entail the Bulls playing in series with teams from Victoria. Victoria will also play the WMBL Red Deer Generals, and the Medicine Hat Mavericks. Look for visits from the Victoria Royals on June 7-8 and June 14-15 here at Henderson Stadium. Victoria are using these games as their 2004 season and to explore the possibility of joining the WMBL in the future.
 
 • The Bulls are proud to announce that we have renewed our radio broadcast agreement with 97.1 Spirit- FM. We are welcoming back long-time Lethbridge broadcaster Bryan Jeanotte as the play-by-play voice of the Lethbridge Bulls. All 32 regular season, and playoff games will be aired, on 97.1 Spirit FM, and through their website, spiritfm.ca, on streaming audio.
 
 • Last Year’s opening day Pitcher Kenny Falconer, had an impressive first appearance for the Seattle Mariners in Arizona for Spring Training. Kenny recorded 5 strikeouts, and allowed no runs or hits, in 2 innings. The Bulls congratulate Kenny on his success!
 
 • 2004 Season Tickets are now on sale, and will be available at last year’s prices until April 30. Call the office to reserve your tickets today. In addition, the Bulls anticipate reaching our goal of 300 season tickets by the 1st of June. Call the office at 320-2025.
 
 • We will be holding our 2nd News Conference of the year in the next couple of weeks. At that time, our complete 2004 roster will be released including information on each of the players we have signed as we make a run for the 2004 WMBL Championship.
 
 • In terms of personnel, Kevin Kvame has taken over as President of the Lethbridge Bulls, in addition to his duties as General Manager. Doug Jones will remain as the club’s Vice President and special consultant. The Bulls anticipate announcing some additions at the next News Conference.


Swift Current Indians Baseball Shines Bright!
The Swift Current Indians Baseball Club has had a long history in the southwest part of the province however until this summer a lit park was only a field in their dreams.

On March 15th, Swift Current City Council approved the purchase and installation of new lights for the Indians Baseball Field on 19th Avenue N.E. Although the club has played at a few other locations within the city during their day, Indian's Park has been home since 1985. With the history of Senior Men's Baseball dating back to the "Barnstorming Era" of the 1930's and 1940's, baseball under the lights has never found it's way to Swift Current until now.

Swift Current Indian's President Ben Friesen stated, "We are so happy to have the opportunity to have night baseball games for our fans now! Our executive has been working on this project for a number of years and we are glad that City Council recognizes the value that this will have to our community. We feel that the spin-offs from hosting evening contests, and special events like this year's WMBL All-Star Game can be beneficial to our businesses and supporters as well. Even though there are a number of baseball fans in the city, we kept hearing that many people were unable to attend games because they started at 6:00 p.m., which was too early. Hopefully this helps us all. "

Harv Martinez, Coach and Director of Baseball Operations was equally optimistic as well. "I firmly believe that this development bodes well for the community and for baseball, in general. I have to give a tremendous amont of credit to Ben (Friesen) and all our Board of Directors for their fortitude and patience in seeing this through. I also have to commend our new Mayor, Sandy Larson and City Council for their progressive approach with projects such as these. It couldn't have happened without their vision. We are certainly very excited about the future of baseball here and I think the community is as well."

The Indians will begin all their evening games at 7:00 p.m. CST.


Dawgs sign David Robb as Head Coach
Calgary Dawgs Baseball Club is extremely pleased to announce the signing of David Robb of Mesa, Arizona as the head coach for the upcoming 2004 summer college season. Coach Robb succeeds 2003 Head Coach and Director of Baseball Operations, Brandon Newell, who did an outstanding job managing the club in the Dawgs inaugural season but scouting commitments in California and the Pacific Northwest will keep him closer to home during the 2004 season.

Coach Robb has an extremely impressive coaching resume at every level. He attended the College of San Matteo Junior College in California, California State Fullerton and San Jose State. As a coach he brings 28 years of coaching experience and in particular has worked with hitters at the college, professional and international levels. He owns and operates the Professional Baseball Institute in Arizona providing clinics and camps for young prospects.

Following his own playing career, Coach Robb served as Assistant Coach at the College of San Matteo for 3 years. In addition, his professional coaching experience includes a stint in 1998 with the Visalia Oaks of the California League. Visalia is the Single A affiliate of the Oakland A’s.

Coach Robb also has considerable international coaching experience having coached the Canadian Junior National Team at the World Championships in 2000 and having served as the Manager of the Macerata franchise of the Italian Baseball Federation in 1989 and 1990 as well as Manager of the Italian Junior National Team in 2001 and 2002.

Coach Robb has a wealth of experience in coaching top Canadian players having coached Team Alberta at the Canada Cup and serving as a Coach for the Canadian National Team from 1999 to 2001. In those capacities Coach Robb has coached and worked with a number of Dawgs past and present, including Geoff Freeborn (formerly of the University of Northern Kentucky, currently working out with the Calgary Dinos baseball program), Vince Ircandia (now with Niagara University, NCAA Division 1), Jim Henderson (now with the Montreal Expos organization) and Emerson Frostad (now with the Texas Rangers organization).

Coach Robb is also the author of Hitting: Inside-Out which outlines the fundamentals of hitting and provides a series of hitting drills for players at every level.

“Firstly, the Dawgs owe a huge debt of gratitude to 2003 Head Coach, Brandon Newell. Coach Newell did an excellent job in the club’s inaugural season. Secondly, we are thrilled to follow with one of the outstanding coaches on either side of the border. David Robb has been successful as a coach at every level, be it college, international or professional. Our players are extremely fortunate to have a coach with Coach Robb’s wealth of experience. He is an outstanding communicator and teacher of the game. We are confident that he will help Dawgs players as they strive to get to the next level.”

The 2004 home season of the Calgary Dawgs will get off to a roaring start when the Dawgs host the Medicine Hat Mavericks of the Western Major Baseball League on Saturday, May 29th at the Dawg Pound (Foothills, formerly Burns, Stadium. The Dawgs will play 24 home games exclusive of playoffs in a season that will run from May 28 through August 10, 2004. Check out the Dawgs official website at www.calgarydawgs.com for the 2004 Schedule, recent player signings and further information about Calgary’s pre-imminent baseball franchise. And remember to reserve those season tickets now.


Dawgs garner Baseball America Pre-Season Selections
Calgary Dawgs players figured prominently in the U.S. College, Pre-Season Selections announced by Baseball America, the leading baseball magazine in the United States.

Baseball America tabbed Niagara University as the No. 2 college team in the 10 team, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference of NCAA, Division 1. The magazine also projected a number of Purple Eagles for individual honors in Baseball America’s annual college edition.

Former Dawgs’ fireballer, James Avery, a pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2002 Major League draft and already identified as a potential high round pick in the 2005 draft when he will enter his junior year, was projected as the top pitcher in the MAAC conference and its #1 professional prospect. Avery was 7-2 with a 3.64 e.r.a. for Niagara as a freshman in 2003.

Baseball America also selected Niagara 2B/SS and former Freshman All American and WMBL All Star, Vince Ircandia (.346-4-46) of the Dawgs as the Top 2B in the MAAC Conference and its #3 professional prospect as he enters his junior year.

2003 Dawgs’ SS/3B and WMBL All Star, Reed Eastley of Niagara garnered Top SS recognition and LHP Matt Ircandia, a draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2002 Major League Draft, was identified as a player to watch as the 2004 college baseball season approaches.

The Dawgs’ 2004 home opener has been scheduled for Saturday, May 29th as the Dawgs host the Medicine Hat Mavericks at the Dawg Pound (Foothills, formerly Burns, Stadium). The Dawgs will play 24 home games, exclusive of playoffs, in a season that will run from May 28 through August 10, 2004.

Check out the Dawgs official website at www.calgarydawgs.com for the 2004 Schedule, recent player signings and further information about Calgary’s pre-imminent baseball franchise.