Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver GM “Greatest of All-Time” According to Vancouver GM

Vancouver, ColdAsFuck – The Vancouver Canadians are on the verge of their fourth division title in six seasons and what will be their sixth straight playoff appearance. The Canadians have one Tim Imasa trophy in their trophy case from their 2021 championship. Rumors persist several GMs watched the Canadians lose their first series that year, before waking up and being told that never happened. Nobody’s quite sure what happened that fateful evening. To celebrate the greatness that is Vancouver, we’ve sat down with GM Dan Courakhfdkjafljd to have him tell us how great his team is. Interviewer: Hi Dan — DC: “VANCOUVER GOOD. SAN DIEGO BAD. EH?” Interviewer: Uhh, sure. So, you have put together a great pitching staff. and you’re well on your way to anot...

Canadians Mid Season Update: Interview With Canadians Players, GM Courcelles On Being First GM 700 wins

The Vancouver Canadians are arguably the hottest team in the CBL right now. They’ve been 1st in all major team rankings in the Frontier League a lot of the season so far and have given themselves a nice 12 1/2 game lead in the division over San Diego. They are on pace for 109 wins, which would be the 2nd most in CBL history behind the 2019 Syracuse Orange who had 113 wins. The Canadians could easily continue this hot streak and surpass the 113 wins. They could also get cold and end up winning less than 100. Either way, it will be interesting to see how this team does in the 2nd half of the season. We interviewed some of the Canadian players before their series with Connecticut and asked them some questions regarding the team’s season and some of their individual seasons. Griffi...

Vancouver All Star Break Review

Fernandez walks into Nat Bailey park around 10 AM PST Friday morning, coming back from the All Star break where he pitched an inning with 2 walks, no runs and 1 strikeout. The All Star game appearance is nothing new to Fernandez. He’s been in his fair share of those games. However, being a playoff contender is new to him. Vancouver finally made their first playoff appearance in franchise history last year and are looking to make another one for the second year in a row. I thought it would be good to do a review of the team up to the All Star break and discuss their success and places where they have failed or need improvement. First, lets give out some mid-season awards: MVP of the season so far: SP Jose Fernandez Obvious since hes once again, killing it in the FL. He has 11 wins, on...

Prospects to Watch

[Author’s Note: This is not a list of who I think the defacto best prospects are, but rather players who are worth keeping an eye on for the remainder of the season.] Young players in today’s game are the equivalent of Gold, consistently gaining value as the rest of the market continues to be out of whack. Getting six cost-controlled years of team control is a huge advantage for a team, and as such most teams are always working to develop their own young talent. Today, we’ll take a look at two interesting prospects to get a better glimpse of the future of the CBL. Others may be profiled in the future. 1B Griffin Keller, Vancouver Canadians Organization (AAA level) Originally drafted in the first round by the Syracuse Orange, Keller was traded to the Vancouver Canadians on...

2 Time Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay Purchases Vancouver Canadians

This morning the Vancouver Canadians were officially purchased by Roy Halladay and the sale was announced at 10 AM PST. The 2 time Cy Young winner of the now defunct MLB, purchased the Vancouver Canadians from Derek Little, the man who brought the team to Vancouver originally. “I’m really happy to be a part of Canadian baseball again. My years playing for the BlueJays were some of the best memories of my life. When I heard that the team was available, I did everything I could do get ahold of Derek and work out a deal with him.” Halladay said at the press conference. Not much is known why Derek Little sold the team but sources close to him have mentioned that he wants to retire from business ventures and enjoy time with his family. GM Courcelles said at the conference R...

Canadians 2017 Review

2017 Season Review Another CBL season over and once again the Canadians finished last in their division. The team started well this year staying 2nd in the FL for the majority of the first half. Things were looking good for the 2017 Canadians who had some players overachieving which gave them their 2nd in the FL ranking. As it has plagued the Canadians the past 2 seasons, July was the same as always and the team struggled to win any games for the month. They won a handful of games but struggled to do so. The players who were overachieving fell back to earth and the teams true talent showed. They fell from 2nd in the FL to 3rd in their division and out of a wildcard spot by August. The team showed signs of life but never got back to the level of play they experienced in the first half of th...

Frisco, Vancouver Agree to Deal

Bautista has harsh words for Frisco following trade Late this evening the busy CBL off-season continued with yet another trade. The Vancouver Canadiens finally got into the fray, agreeing to a deal with the Frisco Roughriders. The Canadiens off-season had been a bit delayed due to their general manager being sick with a mystery illness, but he’s healthy now and has come out of the gate swinging. Frisco agreed to send SP Madison Bumgarner, RF Jose Bautista and SS Chris Taylor to Vancouver for three prospects. Bautista is expected to compete for the Canadiens DH role, after being relegated to AAA most of the past two seasons in Frisco. Bautista had harsh words for Frisco GM Erik and his time in the organization. “I signed my deal [4 years, $56MM] the year before he got there. Whe...

The Future Middle Infield of CBL

After focusing mostly on minor leaguers (with the rest of the minor league reviews coming in the next week) it seemed a good time to focus on some future stars that got their feet wet already this season in the big show. Today’s piece covers middle infielders. 2B Desi Kelly, Vancouver Canadiens The kid looks to be the real deal. While he’s never put up eye-popping numbers at any minor league level, he’s been extremely young for each level. As a 17-year-old, he played in the Winter League hitting .268/.305/.325. He then went to A ball, still as a 17-year-old, and hit .299/.330/.373 in 55 games. He then went back to the Winter League and hit .279/.327/.428 as an 18-year-old. He was squarely on the prospect radar at that point. He continued to show high batting averages in A...

2016 Season Review

What a season it was! After the league agreed to a new 120-game season, up from 82, even that proved to be one game too short. Trey and his Austin Bats were on the wrong end of the play-in game, losing in nail-biting, heart-racing, stomach-punch fashion to Syracuse. It also had to hurt watching Montreal clinch the East division title with a 60-60 record, three games worse than Austin. The Orange will play Frisco, while the other playoff series’ can be seen here. Let’s take a look back at the regular season. Inside the Numbers 17-16 Frisco’s record after trading several top prospects for starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmerman. (49-38 prior to trade) 77 Number of wins Calgary had, best in the CBL. Traverse City was the only other team to eclip...

Shields traded to Vancouver, ‘Tank’ gone to Altoona

After the news of Dalton Pompey being called up spawned lots of media attention and buzz around the Canadians clubhouse, the Canadians were hit with news of another player to be joining their team and the run to their first playoff appearance in organization history. James Shields and prospect closer Daron Jackson were acquired for left fielder Dyan ‘Tank’ Viciedo, shortstop Ian Desmond and pitcher Robbie Ray. This ends the speculation and rumors that Viciedo was going to be sent out of Vancouver’s organization. After hitting .308 last season for one of the best averages in the CBL, he has hit a sub par .209 this season with the Canadians. His production will not be missed in Vancouver, along with the disappointment that Ian Desmond has been in his 2 years in Vancouver an...

Canadian Dalton Pompey to make Canadians debut in Vancouver!

Lots of news in Vancouver today. A plethora of changes to the team and organization happened in less than 24 hours. Starting with the announcement that Canadian prospect Dalton Pompey will make his debut in Vancouver tonight. The news has been not a surprise but more of an expected announcement. Michael Taylor was sent down in his place after hitting .154 with 2 HRs and only 3 RBIs in 15 games. GM Courcelles said he wished he could have gave more time to Pompey in the minors but he deserved the call up. Many scouts have Pompey as a bench/low end center fielder but his stats in the minors seem to oppose that. In 36 games in AAA this season, Pompey has hit a .322/.358/.545 with 6 HRs and 30 RBIs. That’s almost an RBI a game and he’s slugging the ball with authority. In his 2 seas...

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