The number 56 has great significance in baseball. In the MLB, 56 is the number of consecutive games that Joe DiMaggio collected a hit during the 1941 season which is a record that still stands today. In the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL), 56 represents how many regular season games the league has and how many road games the Edmonton Prospects will be playing in 2021.
The Prospects originally took up residence at Re/Max Field ,formerly known as Telus Field, for the 2012 season. The City of Edmonton awarded the leasing rights to the downtown ballpark to Dr. Randy Gregg and then the pandemic cancelled the 2020 season which would have been the Prospects final season in their longtime home.
Spruce Grove Metro Ballpark, located at the southeast corner of Pioneer Road and Highway 16A, will be the Prospects new home hopefully in time for the 2022 season but first the Club must navigate the 2021 season (pandemic allowing of course). Let’s breakdown their season long road trip.
The Opening Month of May features only 4 games and they are all in Fort McMurray. The irony in this is that during the inaugural season of the Giants, the Prospects welcomed them into Telus Field to share as their home due to the wildfires in Fort Mac.
The first Prospects “home game” will be held in Sherwood Park at Centennial Park hosting the expansion Sylvan Lake Gulls. Of 13 total “home games” in June, 3 will be held at Centennial. Weekend sets in Lethbridge and Okotoks will feature the Prospects getting the home field advantage of coming up to bat in the bottom of the ninth if necessary. This will also happen in Sylvan Lake for a two game mid-week series versus the Lethbridge Bulls. 4 games will be played in Spruce Grove at Henry Singer Park.
July features 15 “home games”. 6 in Sylvan Lake with those 3 of those against the Gulls. Centennial Park in Sherwood Park and Henry Singer Park in Spruce Grove will each host three Prospect games. Wally Footz Field in Edmonton enters the fray and will also host three games.
Fittingly, the Prospects play the final week of the regular season on the road.
To jog every ones memory, in 2019 the Prospects made the playoffs for a 5th consecutive season. They would lose in the first round to the eventual champion Okotoks Dawgs. Coach Jordan Blundell returns for his second season as bench boss to once again attempt to “win that final game”.
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