2019 Awards Banquet Recap

This past Saturday we were proud to present our 2019 Awards Banquet. We honoured our best coaches, officials, players, teams, volunteers, and honorary members for their performances and/or contributions to the sport of baseball.  We invited all coaches, umpires, league presidents, regional directors, and executive members to nominate those individuals who deserve recognition for their performance over the past year. The event was a great success, and we thank all of those who came, enjoyed the evening, and celebrated our another great year of baseball with us. See more from our special guest and 2019 Award Winners below.

Master of Ceremonies: Clayton Dreger, Sport Director Golden West Radio

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Guest Speaker: Alexis Brudnicki

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Alexis Brudnicki is currently a Blue Jays beat reporter for MLB dot com, and has put together an impressive resume in baseball over the past decade. She worked for the Toronto Blue Jays as a statistician and scoreboard operator for eight seasons, is the press officer for Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team, has written for Baseball America, the Canadian Baseball Network, Fangraphs and The Hardball Times, with which she won an award for her writing from the Society of American Baseball Research, she attended Major League Baseball’s scout school and has also worked for the Australian Baseball League as well as the Great Lake Canadians, an elite amateur program based in Ontario. She has travelled the world covering baseball, running marathons and working with Habitat for Humanity.

Dignitary Remarks: Glen Parker, Deputy Mayor of Brandon

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2019 Award Winners

Challenger Player of the Year: Brady Dzwinchuk (Winnipeg)

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Photo left to right: Brady Dzwinchuk, Nicole Madsen, VP of Sport Development, Baseball Manitoba

Female Player of the Year: Brittney Langlais (Garson)

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Photo left to right: Brittney Langlais, Nicole Madsen, VP of Sport Development, Baseball Manitoba

Youth Umpire of the Year: Avery Smart (Brandon)

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Photo left to right: Avery Smart, Ashton Liskie, VP of Umpires, Baseball Manitoba

Larry Nicholls - Umpire Award of Merit: Kevin Le Lievre (Portage) 

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Photo left to right: Larry Nicholls, Kevin Le Lievre

Volunteer of the Year: Lori Vassart (La Salle) 

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Photo left to right: Alex Grenier, VP of Competition, Baseball Manitoba, Lori Vassart

First Honour Society Inductee: Ken Sharpe (Minnedosa)

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Photo left to right: Tony Siemens, President, Baseball Manitoba, Ken Sharpe, past President, Baseball Manitoba

13U (Pee Wee) Player of the Year: Luke Wagner (Bonivital)

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Photo left to right: Luke Wagner, David Whitehead, VP Finance, Baseball Manitoba

15U (Bantam) Player of the Year: Conor Geekie (Strathclair)

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Photo left to right: Conor Geekie, David Whitehead, VP Finance, Baseball Manitoba

18U (Midget) Player of the Year: Joey Moffat (Portage)

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Photo left to right: Kevin Booker, VP of High Performance, Baseball Manitoba accepting the award on behalf of Joey Moffat, David Whitehead, VP Finance, Baseball Manitoba

Second Honour Society Inductee: Bob Alm (Dauphin)

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Photo left to right: Tony Siemens, President, Baseball Manitoba, Bob Alm

21U (Junior) Player of the Year: Tyler Wood (Winnipeg) 

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Photo left to right: Kevin Booker, VP of High Performance, Baseball Manitoba, Tyler's mother accepting the award on his behalf, Ed Kulyk

Senior “AA” Player of the Year: Colton Boudreau (Winnipeg)

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Photo left to right: Kevin Booker, VP of High Performance, Baseball Manitoba, Colton Boudreau

2019 Baseball Manitoba Sponsor: Home Run Sports

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Photo left to right: Taylor Reilly, Aaron Tycoles, VP of Marketing, Baseball Manitoba

Third Honour Society Inductee: Faron Asham (Brandon)

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Photo left to right: Photo left to right: Tony Siemens, President, Baseball Manitoba, Faron Asham

Grassroots Coach of the Year: Doug Lockhart (Winnipeg)

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Photo left to right: Louis Cote, VP of Coaching, Baseball Manitoba, Art Dornne, accepting on behalf of Doug Lockhart

High Performance Coach of the Year Ed Kulyk (Winnipeg)

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Photo left to right: Louis Cote, VP of Coaching, Baseball Manitoba, Ed Kulyk

Grassroots Team of the Year: 18U Altona Bisons

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High Performance Team of the Year: Minor 13U AAA Bonivital Blacksox

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High Performance Team of the Year: Major Elmwood Giants Junior

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Baseball Manitoba Region of the Year: Midwest

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Photo left to right: Winston Smith, VP of Policy, Baseball ManitobaNicole Madsen, VP of Sport Development, Baseball Manitoba, Craig Geekie

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us us at this event, and thank you to our guest speaker and special guests for joining us. Congratulations again to all our 2019 Award Winners, and here's to another great year of baseball in Manitoba!