Welcome to our latest edition of “Around the Association,” an off-season newsletter dedicated to bringing you even more coverage of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the American Association.  As one of our valued ticket holders, you’ll receive “Around the Association” before it’s released to the public on Goldeyes.com

Hall of Fame Baseball Writer to Join The Inside Pitch
Distinguished baseball writer Bob Elliott will join the guest panel on this month’s edition of The Inside Pitch.  Elliott has covered both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, and was voted the 2012 recipient of the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  Elliott was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.

The March edition of The Inside Pitch airs live on Wednesday, March 29th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on 93.7 FM CJNU and www.cjnu.ca  The complete guest panel will be revealed soon.

Former Goldeyes Champion Shines in WBC
Outfielder Chris Roberson did his part in trying to keep Team Mexico alive in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.  The former Major Leaguer was 2-for-5 with three RBI in three games during the opening round.  Roberson, who is originally from California, recently earned dual citizenship in Mexico.  The 37-year-old has put up eye-popping numbers in the Mexican summer and winter leagues for more than a decade.  Team Mexico’s elimination was the result of an obscure tiebreaker rule, which is now being protested.

Gary SouthShore Pitcher Stars for Colombia
Right-hander Karl Triana pitched three shutout innings on Sunday as Team Colombia nearly upset the heavily favoured squad from the Dominican Republic.  The teams played to a 3-3 tie through 10 innings before the Dominican Republic exploded for seven runs in the top of the 11th.  Triana had a 3.50 ERA for the RailCats last year, and pitched the sixth no-hitter in American Association history on June 2nd versus Kansas City.

Goldeyes Hit King Headed to Atlantic League
Last Wednesday, the Lincoln Saltdogs traded catcher Luis Alen to the Atlantic League’s York Revolution in exchange for a player to be named later.  Alen batted .297 in 2016 with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 95 games for Lincoln, and was voted to the American Association All-Star Game.  Alen currently holds Goldeyes’ franchise records for base hits, doubles, RBI, and walks.

Saints to Celebrate With Bobbleheads
Last week, the St. Paul Saints unveiled a major part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, announcing they will be giving away five bobbleheads during the course of the season.  The quintet of figurines include Ila Borders, Kevin Millar, J.D. Drew, Jack Morris, and Darryl Strawberry, all of which have played a significant role in the team’s storied history.

From the Archives – 1997 Winnipeg Goldeyes Program
First baseman Terry Lee remains one of the most prolific hitters in the history of modern independent baseball.  During his three seasons in Winnipeg (1995-97), the former Major Leaguer won two Northern League MVP awards, two batting titles, and held the Goldeyes’ all-time home run record until 2015.  Lee ranks first in team history in career batting average (.361), fifth in RBI (239), second in on-base percentage (.450), and first in slugging percentage (.637).  During his time in the Majors, Lee played for the 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.  Below is an article from the 1997 Goldeyes souvenir program discussing his return.

Lee Returns!
#13 proves lucky for the Goldeyes as “KING FISH” returns for his third season

The Goldeyes are ecstatic to have the 1995 & 1996 Northern League MVP Terry Lee, #13, back for his third season.

Since joining the club in 1995, this crowd favourite has delighted thousands of fans at Winnipeg Stadium and around the league with his offensive and defensive skills, and his all-round professional approach to the game.  These attributes have not only reflected positively on Terry as a person, but also on the entire Goldeyes organization.  His proficiency in the game is a tangible example for every other player to follow on a daily basis.  But perhaps his most endearing quality is his ability to lead both on the field and in the club house as reflected by Goldeyes’ owner Sam Katz.  “I can’t think of anybody who was more valuable to the team than Terry Lee.”

Terry has also worked his way into the hearts of baseball fans here in Winnipeg.  The months leading up to his signing, fans constantly inquired at the Goldeyes’ office about the return of Lee.  Fans young and old weren’t willing to let go of the rush that they felt so many times when Terry belted one out of the stadium.  He instilled an aura of confidence in the fans when stepping up to the plate and a hush would fall over the crowd at the stadium so the crack of the bat could easily be heard as the “King Fish” made contact with the ball.  Fans also wanted to hang on to this gracious six-foot-five former major leaguer who, while towering over most fans in size, always made time for even the smallest of his admirers.  “Terry has become synonymous with what is good about the Winnipeg Goldeyes,” beamed general manager John Hindle on the day of Lee’s signing.  “He has always taken the time to sign autographs for everyone, the young and the elderly…He is a great role model and someone who I would be happy if my kids looked up to.”

You may be asking yourself, “Why did Terry decide to step onto a field in a Goldeyes’ uniform again?”  To let Terry answer that question, “I love this town!  The people here in Winnipeg are super.  The league is competitive and I really think this is the best place I have ever played.”

Welcome back, Terry, from all the Goldeyes fans in Winnipeg!