Thursday, January 17, 2013

More Red Sox - Alberta connections

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If you're a semi-regular reader of this blog, you know I frequently mention Canadian associations to the Red Sox.  Whether it's Jason Bay scoring a playoff series winning run, Eric Gagne closing out a Series win, or Kevin Youkilis hitting his first career home run in Toronto, there have been many Canadian connections to the Red Sox recently.  But connections specific to Alberta are a bit rarer.  Calgarian Chris Reitsma  was drafted in the 1st round, and a couple of years ago, the Sox drafted another player who played High School ball in the province, but otherwise there hasn't been a lot linking the Red Sox directly to Alberta.

But the other day as I was flipping through some old baseball cards, I came across a Kevin Millar and a Ryan Dempster (left) card in Calgary Cannons uniforms.  So that got me thinking, what other Red Sox (players and coaches) called Alberta home on the way to The Show (or were sent down after a playing in the Bigs)?  I did some quick research and came up with a fairly lengthy list.  From all-stars who were integral part of Red Sox teams, to part time players, who just made a brief stop in Fenway. My research was not exhaustive so I may have missed someone, and if so, please let me know in the comments below and I'll amend the post.

Without further ado, here is the list of former (and current!) Red Sox who played in Alberta.  I counted over 75 players including a Hall of Famer and several all-stars, and that's without any of these teams being affiliated to us!

Calgary Cannons (AAA - Pacific Coast League)
Mike Lowell
Kevin Millar
Ryan Dempster
Cliff Floyd
Dale Sveum
Torey Lovullo
Erik Hanson
Bob Howry
Tom Bolton
Lynn Jones
Jerry Narron
Lee Tinsley
Scott Bankhead
Ed Jurak
Darren Bragg
Adrian Brown
Jimmy Anderson
Wes Chamberlain
Lou Collier
Midre Cummings
Bill Haselman
Reggie Harris
Andy Sheets
Mike Brumley
Jose Melendez
Mike Trujillo
Dave Valle
Sandy Martinez
Hector Almonte
Ron Mahay
Andy Abad
Blaine Neal
Ted Williams (not the guy you're thinking of!)

Edmonton Trappers (AAA - Pacific Coast League)
Rick Burleson
Tony Armas
Dante Bichette
Carl Everett
Edgar Renteria
Mike Myers
Matt Stairs
Mark Bellhorn
Kevin Mitchell
Carney Lansford
Scott Schoeneweiss
Sunny-Woo Kim
Luis Ortiz
Greg Colbrunn
Tim Blackwell
Tony Fossas
Chico Walker
Mark Clear
Jim Corsi
Pat Rapp
John Wasdin
Andy Tomberlin
Phil Plantier
Creighton Grubanich
Damon Berryhill
Dwayne Hosey
JC Romero
Bobby Kielty
Damon Buford
Jeff Bailey

Calgary Expos (Rookie - Pioneer League)
Bob Bailey
Sergio Valdez

Lethbridge Mounties (Rookie - Pioneer League)
Adrian Brown

Lethbridge Dodgers (Rookie - Pioneer League)
Mike Marshall
Dave Sax

Lethbridge Expos (Rookie - Pioneer League)
Andre Dawson
Walt Hrniak

Medicine Hat Blue Jays (Rookie - Pioneer League)
David Wells
Mark Whiten
Mike Timlin
Sandy Martinez
Chris Woodward

Calgary Vipers (Independent - Golden Baseball League)
Anastacio Martinez
Morgan Burkhart

Edmonton Cracker Cats (Independent - Golden Baseball League)
Robert Coello

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