The Western Major Baseball League is re-branding.
The league announced Saturday it will be known as the Western Canadian Baseball League starting with play in the 2019 season.
A new logo is expected to be released by the league, featuring a maple leaf with a baseball alongside the Western Canadian Baseball League script.
League president Kevin Kvame is hopeful this change will attract a more Canadian flavour for players moving forward.
“We are excited about the new name, in that it will highlight the fact that the League’s footprint lies entirely in Canada,” said Kvame in a statement. “We are a baseball showcase for Canada and are proud to bring in fans and players to celebrate our beautiful country. Being in Canada gives us a unique advantage to provide great experiences to not only our homegrown talent, but visiting players as well. The same applies for the fans and community sponsors of the League.”
The league has also announced an all-star game will return with both the 2019 and 20 games to be played in Edmonton.
With six teams in Saskatchewan (Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Melville, Yorkton, Weyburn) and six in Alberta (Brooks, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Edmonton), it is hoped these announcements will peak interest in further expansion across the Prairie provinces.