Catching on with Saints
The Winnipeg Goldeyes recently dealt away four players in a three team trade to acquire the rights to a player they failed to sign.
Yet, the players traded away will likely get more of a chance to play with their new teams than they would have had they stayed behind. Like Jeff DeSmidt, who was the starting catcher for the St. Paul Saints, who defeated the Goldeyes 8 4 in an inter league exhibition game before an announced crowd of 3,226 at Canwest Park last night.
"I was a little bit surprised by it," DeSmidt said before the Saints jumped all over Winnipeg pitching (12 hits) and sloppy defence (three errors). "I liked it a lot up here. I had a great relationship with the coaches and players and stuff. It was also the first time in my career that I ever got traded so that was kind of a shocker.
"But Rick did it to get me closer to home . He said it was an opportunity for me to play more and it's working out well so far."
DeSmidt, 23, has actually moved back in with his parents who live 15 minutes away from St. Paul's Midway Stadium.
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DeSmidt would also love to see the Northern League amalgamate with the American Association where the Saints now play.
"That would be really cool," said the 6 foot, 210 pound Mahtomedi, Minn., native. "I like to play in the Northern League cities. I'm a fan of travelling so that would be really cool. If we emerged, we'd have a lot more opportunity to play and it would be better exposure all over."
Forney also supports the idea.
"I would like to see us all join up and make one super league," he said. "I think the baseball would be fantastic and travel would be a lot better for both parties involved.
"I would like to be able to play at least some (inter league) games but that's not up to me to decide."
Winnipeg will play host the Saints again today at noon.
FISH HOOKS: Goldeyes third baseman Brent Metheny (shoulder) and infielder Josh Asanovich (wrist) are also hurting . Goldeyes manager Rick Forney must declare his roster after this afternoon's match . Ever popular Manitoba Moose forward Jason Jaffray threw out the ceremonial first pitch (a strike) last night.