Ball teams need technical support

"Of course the situation isn’t perfect, it never is, but baseball is, (more or less) in bloom."

Of course the situation isn’t perfect, it never is, but baseball is, (more or less) in bloom.

Tryouts and practices have begun locally, in spite of the autumnal weather turn, and games will be played.

Not that you could garner that from websites attached to local baseball, other than the Trail American Legion (Jays) site, which tells us they won’t have any home games for another seven weeks.

B.C. junior hockey sites, including team sites, have been down a  lot lately, dealing, so they say, with security issues.

So, as local teams that are not from Castlegar are done for the season, one turns to the season just beginning, wondering about teams, practices, games and whatnot. And one finds almost nada.

I suppose the Orioles, being, “senior,” and all that, could be forgiven for not using cyberspace to update its small core of fans – and perhaps garner a little attention for their futures in spaces such as this – being an, “older,” crowd and all.

But at the minor level, where half the participants, ages up to 19, could probably build a pretty good website  during their half innings on the bench during games, it seems amazing nobody uses those skills to allow those of us who might be interested in the goings-on in minor ball to keep track of it.

Maybe there is an App for that, but I and many others do not use smart phones and tablets (I have a tablet, but haven’t been able to figure out how to use it) so need to access information on the basic interweb.

Lots of information on previous seasons, 2013, not so much.

I know plans are in place for the year, I read about some of them in the Times, but it would be nice, just in case I wanted to, you know, go to a game or volunteer or something, if the information was available in a semi-permanent, easily accessible place – you know, like a website.

• It may already be time to panic for Blue Jays fans.

The season has just begun, but their vaunted new starting rotation is proving anything but dominant. As I write this, they are being pummeled once again and are on their third relief pitcher.

Toronto is only second on my list of MLB teams for which to cheer, but I had been hoping for enough of a turnaround in their fortunes – because of the fortune invested in a turnaround – that the Blue Jays would be a team with a potential for post season drama. Instead they are in their worst early season run in 35 years.

I hoped, anyway, that the, “This Year,” dream would last beyond April.

We basically get to watch just Toronto and Seattle, the teams to which MLB has assigned local fandom, on a regular basis.

Seattle is still, “rebuilding,” although they are currently doing better than Toronto.

The Blue Jays were my hope that I might get to see some competitive pennant-chasing drama.

One must still hope, of course. It is still really early. Games played at this time of the season count as much as games later in the year, however, and the Blue Jays are digging quite a hole out of which to climb.

– Oh, well. Go Quinnipiac.

Just Posted

“We all need to consider our lives and how we managed to make our way through society to achieve order and success and how it is that others end up in chaos.” Photo: Dave Lowe/Unsplash
‘There but for fortune, may go you and I … ‘

“Short stays on acute psychiatric units with minimal follow up care are not sufficient,” says Crain.

Fire at the former Alpine Disposal, and now GFL recycling facility, on Hwy 22 South of Trail. Photo taken just before 6 p.m. Monday June 21. Photo: John Piccolo
Update: Industrial fire rages outside Trail on Monday

Photos: The fire is reported to be at the GFL recycling facility

“Classes of 2020 and 2021 will have a remarkable distinction in history, and this will be their story to tell.” Photo: Tai’s Captures/Unsplash
‘Not sorry’

Letter to the Editor from Jennifer Sirges of Trail

Fruitvale Village Council outlined their Beaver Valley Middle School development plan to the community in September 2020. Photo: Jim Bailey
Province to fund Fruitvale affordable housing project

Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society will manage construction of 28 new housing units

Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
On summer’s cusp, Kootenay forests are at record dry levels

Southeast Fire Centre says 4 months of unusually dry weather have had effect on the region’s forests

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Paul Bernardo is shown in this courtroom sketch during Ontario court proceedings via video link in Napanee, Ont., on October 5, 2018. Teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo is set for a parole hearing today. The designated dangerous offender, has been eligible for full parole for more than three years. Bernardo’s horrific crimes in the 1980s and early 1990s include for kidnapping, torturing and killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy near St. Catharines, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Banning
Killer rapist Paul Bernardo faces parole hearing today; victim families opposed

Designated dangerous offender has been eligible for full parole for more than three years.

People look over the damage after a tornado touched down in Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal, Monday, June 21, 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and one death has been confirmed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
One dead and extensive damage as tornado hits Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal

Damage reported in several parts of the city, and emergency teams dispatched to sectors hardest hit

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Most Read