Each week Andrew and I receive a data report on how many readers visit CodBall. I look forward to the report because it gives us a sense how many of you there are (a lot during the season and fewer this time of year). But what I really like in the report is this cool little map that shows where you are. I've heard from readers in Japan (See our post on Japanese baseball), Australia and occasionally I see folks in the Middle East who I assume must be soldiers. Most of you are from right here in the good old USA.
Increasing numbers (140 per month during the season) are from Canada, which makes a lot of sense. Canadian baseball players are making their presence known in the Major Leagues. Jason Bay, Justin Morneau, Rich Harden and others come from the Great White North.
Young Canadian players now compete for roster spots with Cape Cod players.
You show your age when you say Canadian sports are all on ice. From where I sit here in Seattle (not far from British Columbia) small town organized baseball in Canada is heating up.
All of this got me to thinking about the Canadian baseball supply chain. Where do the growing numbers of excellent players come from? That was the question that inspired us to start CodBall, so what is the equivalent league for Canadians?
The Western Major Baseball League claims to be Canada's premier summer college baseball league, likening itself to the Cape Cod League. The WMBL has 12 teams in three divisions. The teams are scattered around western Canada (think Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatchewan). Tug McGraw played in the WMBL as a young junior college player.
I can't really tell if there are other equivalent leagues. So if you're a scout or a Canadian (or both) help us out here. If I were making a trip to Canada this summer to see good wood bat league baseball, where would I go?