I am one of those people who have both Facebook and Twitter. I am also one of those people with very different profiles on each respective platform. Twitter is sports, Facebook is family. So if I post a sports something to Facebook, it meant a lot to me.
On this day in 2018, The Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) announced their plan to change their name to the Western Canadian Baseball League(WCBL). Edmonton fans will know this as the league the Edmonton Prospects play in. Per the league website “about page”, “The predecessors to the WCBL date back to 1948.” The WCBL logo and name change came into effect for the 2019 season.
So why the change? As per the league statement that I pasted into my 2018 Win Column Sports article:
The WMBL feels that now is the time to change, as we continue to be part of this country’s growing baseball image. As more college players look for strong competitive leagues in which to play over their summers, we feel that this new title will better reflect our Canadian identity in order to better interest players to come and experience our League & our nation. Placing the country’s name directly in the new league title hopes to bring additional recognition to Canadian baseball as a whole.
WMBL President Kevin Kvame had this to say about the change, “We are excited about the new name, in that it will highlight the fact that the League’s footprint lies entirely in Canada. We are a baseball showcase for Canada and are proud to bring in fans and players to celebrate our beautiful country. Being in Canada gives us a unique advantage to provide great experiences to not only our homegrown talent, but visiting players as well. The same applies for the fans and community sponsors of the League”
Kevin Kvame continues on as the President of the WCBL. There will be no peanuts and crackerjacks for this two year celebration as the current pandemic forced the league to cancel their 2020 season.
The Alberta and Saskatchewan league headed into the 2020 team season announcing that the Yorkton Cardinals and Melville Millionaires were taking a one year leave of absence. The league also announced that Sylvan Lake would be granted an expansion franchise for the 2021 season, they are named the Sylvan Lake Gulls. Then there is the tricky situation happening in Edmonton.
It all adds up to exciting times ahead for the league and their fans. An inexpensive night at the ballpark watching quality baseball, that is what the WCBL is all about. Well that and being very proud of their Canadian identity. Wherever you live in Alberta or Saskatchewan next summer, plan a night at the ballpark nearest you.
“Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”