Monday, May 13, 2013

Canadians Baseball: The Ticket.

Canadians president Andy Dunn says major talent heading west



'Once you get in the groove, it’s too much fun to stop,' Vancouver Canadians president Andy Dunn says of winning championships. Dunn's Cees are coming off two straight Northwest League titles.

Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun files

While he sympathizes with his baseball compatriot Alex (The Alphabet) Anthopoulos because of the Toronto Blue Jays current woes, Andy Dunn can take solace in the fact it has no bearing whatsoever on the playing talent headed this way in June.
Dunn, partner and president of the Vancouver Canadians, has established a solid friendship with the Blue Jays’ general manager since the Northwest League C’s signed a player development contract with Canada’s only major league baseball club in September of 2010.
“Our players this year will basically be from the Major League Baseball amateur draft during the second week of June,” Dunn said Friday as he watched more dreaded raindrops pelt against his office window at Nat Bailey Stadium. “The Blue Jays will be assigning youngsters from their college senior years who are 21 and 22, as well as some prospects as young as 17 and 18 in their high school senior years. We also could get a few players from the Blue Jays extended program that is still in progress at their training site in Dunedin, Florida.”
Dunn and Canadians’ owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney were in Dunedin during spring training to present last year’s Toronto-owned players with their NWL championship rings. The C’s were repeat winners in 2012 and Dunn has every intention to make it three in a row this year. “Once you get in the groove,” he says, “it’s too much fun to stop.”
HERE ‘N’ THERE: With the C’s home opener set for June 17, their full promotional schedule will be coming out next week. It will include the induction of Len Corben and Terry Bell into the Canadians Broadcast and Journalism Hall of Fame on August 17. Corben, a baseball aficionado, has been a sports columnist on the North Shore since 1959. His third published novel — Play It Again! — will be launched Tuesday at Cheers Restaurant in North Vancouver at 6:45 p.m. Bell covered the Nat Bailey Stadium baseball beat for a dozen years at both the Pacific Coast League and Northwest League levels.
SHORT HOPS: Richmond’s Jimmy Van Ostrand has yet another trophy to add to his ever-growing collection. The former star athlete at McMath high school (baseball, basketball, volleyball and badminton) was named this week as the International Baseball Federation’s Senior Athlete of the Year for 2012. Van Ostrand, 28, has been a leader with Canada’s national teams since 2007. He’s currently hitting .400 with Syracuse of the International League, top affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
END ZONE: Television and radio broadcaster James Cybulski, one of the early on-air personalities with Team 1040, has left his drive-home radio gig on TSN 1050 in Toronto and will be returning to the west coast on rival Sportsnet Pacific. Cybulski, 37, won a Gemini Award for his TSN television feature on former Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano’s life-changing encounter with Terry Fox dating back 30 years.

ISML 2013: Action resumes with Amethyst

ISML 2013: Action resumes with Amethyst

By JR Salazar
May 13, 2013

Action in the 2013 International Saimoe League resumed with Match Day 1 of the Amethyst Necklace Period. There were close matches and blowouts galore, to go with a number of upsets on the side. Here is a rundown from action on Amethyst Match Day 1.


In the Nova Division, Keiko Ayano stunned Shinobu Oshino 4287-4091, Kuroyukihime rolled past Eru Chitanda 4845-3733, Rea Sanka upset Subaru Konoe 4040-3851, Nyarlathotep routed Shouko Kirishima 4801-3446, Aria Holmes Kanzaki gunned down Mei Misaki 4479-3775 and Touka Takanashi prevailed over Erio Towa 4378-3942.

Kurisu Makise defeated Noumi Kudryvaka 4299-3869, Meiko Honma prevailed over Karen Araragi 4377-3784, Ririchiyo Shirakiin cruised past Karuta Roromiya 3895-3271, Kobato Hasegawa blew past Suguha Kirigaya 5309-3345,  Momo Beila Deviluke obliterated Tsukihi Araragi 4462-3501 and Rikka Takanashi destroyed Inori Yuzuriha 5339-3400.

Wrapping up Nova play, Nanami Aoyama whipped past Mikan Yuuki 4570-3628, Asuna Yuuki trounced Sena Kashiwazaki 4829-3964, Mashiro Shiina annihilated Yozora Mikazuki 5614-2876, Yui tore apart Homura Akemi 5015-3596, Shinka Nibutani slammed Rin Natsumi 4892-2447 and in the biggest upset of the day and the closest race of the night, Fuuko Kurasaki stunned Yui Kotegawa 3879-3856.


In the Stella Division, Yui Hirasawa rocked Mato Kuroi 4574-3869, Ruri Gokou upset Mikoto Misaka 4677-4480, Nymph defeated Ui Hirasawa 4334-3865, Illyasviel von Einzbern prevailed over Masami Iwasawa 4329-3849, Rin Tosaka outworked C.C. 4131-3840 and Konjiki no Yami dismissed Tomoyo Sakagami 4571-3665.

Hitagi Senjougahara defeated Nadeko Sengoku 3943-3619, Last Order routed Victorique de Blois 4896-3628, Charlotte Dunois prevailed over Nagisa Furukawa 4195-3908, Azusa Nakano romped past Shana 4713-4149, Louise Francoise Le Blanc De La Valliere rolled past Kyou Fujibayashi 4378-3906 and Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Kirino Kousaka 4976-3819.

Wrapping up action in the Stella Division, Haruhi Suzumiya overpowered Hinagiku Katsura 4824-3698, defending champion Kanade Tachibana sliced and diced Mio Akiyama 5622-3382, Taiga Aisaka roared past Yuri Nakamura 5179-3683, Yui-nyan ran past Konata Izumi 5355-3186, Ayase Aragaki routed Holo 5169-3261 and Yuki Nagato defeated Saber 4448-4231.

Match Day 2 of the 2013 International Saimoe League Amethyst Necklace Period is scheduled for May 14, 2013. Vote for your favorite candidates at and join the ongoing debate.