Not since 1989 when the Oilers hosted the NHL all-star game, has Edmonton seen the likes of the All-Star game and festivities that this weekend will bring to the gem of the River Valley, Re-Max Field. The WCBL All-Star weekend is upon us and the Edmonton Prospects are hosting. Both the home run derby (2:00 pm) and the all-star game (4:00 pm) will take place on Sunday, July 8th.
At the start of the season the WMBL rebranded to the Western Canadian Baseball League and with that new structure, came the announcement of the first ever all-star game. The natural first-ever host of the inaugural all-star game would be the league’s biggest market in Edmonton and as the date approaches, the hype is building. I spoke to the new (this season) manager of the Prospects, Jordan Blundell about what it means for the league to re-brand:
The new format the WCBL adopted this year is an increased regular season schedule from 48 to 56 games and an All Star Game. For our organization this guarantees 4 additional home games that we can create promotions and partnerships within the community. As well, it provides our fans with more opportunities to enjoy Remax Field and cheer on the Prospects Baseball Club. The All Star Game is a project we presented to the league to highlight our product and promote baseball throughout Western Canada. With the growth of the game in Canada and in the Edmonton community we felt it would a great opportunity to highlight the leagues best players in the leagues biggest market.
Being in my first year as the Head Coach of the Prospects, we’ve gone through some ups and downs on the field in the first half. Our goal is to help each player improve while they are with our ball club which I feel we’ve been able to do thus far. The challenges so far have been finding consistency each day and more so finding a consistency with the level of play each game on our schedule.