Chronological Tour: Stop 226

A Western Outpost for the Baby Jays

The front of Medicine Hat’s Athletic Park, Aug-2002.

You can see the action from a berm extending all the way to the right-field foul pole.

The park is built along the South Saskatchewan River.

Quick Facts: Rating: 2 baseballs
When the Toronto Blue Jays arrived in Major League Baseball in 1977, they made a concerted effort to become the home team for all of English-speaking Canada. One thing they did was arrange to have a farm club out in the western provinces. Thus was born the Medicine Hat franchise in the Pioneer League. It became a Toronto farm team after one year with Oakland, the result of a previous affiliation agreement.

The park, part of an athletic complex that also includes a hockey arena and curling center, doesn’t have any stadium seating, just aluminum benches. Many regulars bring their own modified lawn chairs that rest on the benches so they can better enjoy the game. The berm in right field is also available as a picnic area or a spot to spread a blanket.

In a forward-looking move, the portals are at street level and the field is recessed by about five feet. A roof overhangs part of the main grandstand.

I would really like this park if it had some stadium seating; its absence knocked my score down considerably. It is otherwise a well-designed facility that ably serves the Gas City. Unfortunately, Minor League Baseball has now abandoned Medicine Hat, as the franchise moved to Helena, Mont., for 2003.

Game # Date League Level Result
540 Tue 6-Aug-2002 Pioneer R Billings 10, MEDICINE HAT 5
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