UBC Thunderbird Baseball Fan Page

  

If you look at the rosters of the Vancouver Canadians and the teams that visit them, you'll see that the majority of players were either playing college ball the previous spring, or are one year removed from college ball. The exceptions to this are usually from the Dominican Republic or elsewhere in Latin America.

UBC alum Jeff Francis actually had a lower ERA during his first year in single A than he had pitching for UBC earlier the same year. His explanation is, he was facing better hitters, but the infielders and outfielders behind him were making better defensive plays, so it pretty much evened out.

If you are a spectator at both UBC and Vancouver Canadians games, the difference you will notice (aside from the "courtesy runners") is speed. Unless you're a pitcher, you won't make it in pro baseball unless you can get around the base paths pretty quickly.

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