The 3rd Season of Great Lakes Baseball is off and running. All 12 teams head to Spring Training with their goals. Mike T.’s Eagles will try and defend their USA pennant and league championship, AND their mantle of the club with the most wins in league history. The Architects are always a threat so could this be the year they overhaul Milwaukee and take the USA? The Sea Gulls definitely had a strong run under new GM Andrew S. but faded at the end. Oh, yeah, and the team that has been as ice cold as it’s planet temperature, the Neptunes are about to make their real debut this year as they are hands down the most improved team from last year. Eddie’s T-Birds have had some star players but not the all around supporting cast to make them legit, and many of them have headed to greener pastures over the off-season. New GM Kyle has inherited a team that needs some work in all areas but he did not blink when handed the opportunity to a remake on the TC Bears. The Bears are team that requires TLC. No free agent additions, debt, and the 10th ranked minor league system all add up to patience, patience, patience for the new leadership.
In the Canadian League, the Mounties, perhaps tired of being bridesmaid, will look to capture everything this year, but at the same time lost some star power over the winter. Windsor, under Greg E. has been quietly putting together a nucleus of a championship caliber squad deal by deal so all eyes on the Vigilantes this season. Kingston under Kurt P. will attempt to take the next step forward. They have been pitching strong but it takes some run scoring weapons to overtake the favorites. The Caribou, lets not forget, do have a championship trophy and are only one year removed from that status. The Owen Sound Waveriders will try and reconfigure their club as they did not sign any new players in free agency and are banking on some players stepping up. The other most improved team in the north of the border league, according to pundits, are the Toronto Maples. SP Villegegas was their big addition so the landscape will be a bit different in Canada this year.
Let’s see how it plays out.