Patrick LaForge, governor (general manager) of the indy pro North American League’s Edmonton Capitals, would like to see Triple-A baseball back in Edmonton, and he’s willing to partner with the Vancouver Canadians (Single-A, Northwest League), Calgary Vipers (North American League), and Winnipeg Goldeyes (indy pro, American Association) to make it happen.
We are not sure what LaForge is thinking. If the idea is to bring a higher level of ball back to Canada across the board, there is no Triple-A team available for relocation north, let alone four of them, even if opposing Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey changed his tune.
For a higher level of ball to return to Canada, we think MLB/MiLB would have to authorize a new affiliated league in Canada (like the Mexican League), or the four markets mentioned, plus others, would have to launch a new Triple-A-level indy pro Canadian circuit modeled after the Atlantic League. That said, all scenarios seem pretty pie in the sky at this juncture. Read more here.