The defending Western Major League Baseball champion Swift Current 57’s hosted the league’s annual general meeting this past weekend with the 12 member teams leaving knowing for the most part, all is well with the league as it heads into the 2018 campaign.
Regina Red Sox president Gary Brotzel says it is status quo for this year with all 12 teams coming back to play a 48 game schedule with three rounds of playoffs to determine a champion.
While all teams are back, Brotzel admits there are some teams struggling financially and that moves need to be made to ensure their viability moving forward.
“There are a couple of franchises right now that are restructuring right now with new people getting in place on boards.” Brotzel said. “Those people are trying to get a handle on what’s going on and what will need to be done to improve their situations.”
He added the league did talk about expansion with member teams having a desire to see squads set up in Saskatoon and Red Deer if the right people could be found to run teams in those centres. Brandon had expressed an interest in joining the league, but the Manitoba city has decided to join a new summer collegiate league that will compete with the WMBL in North and South Dakota. Brotzel says with some teams getting players from schools in those states, it could cause a problem in recruiting players for some teams, but they will have to see how big of a problem that becomes.