Thu
May
30
07:00 PM
St. Albert Tigers
Edmonton Cubs
Fri
May
31
07:00 PM
Edmonton Cubs
Edmonton Padres
Fri
May
31
07:30 PM
Sherwood Park Athletics
St. Albert Tigers
Mon
May
06
07:00 PM
Edmonton Cubs
Sherwood Park Athletics
9
2
Mon
May
06
07:30 PM
Calgary Rockies
Calgary Diamondbacks
4
5
Fri
May
10
07:30 PM
Red Deer Riggers
Calgary Rockies
1
4
Mon
May
13
07:00 PM
St. Albert Tigers
Sherwood Park Athletics
1
9
Mon
May
13
07:30 PM
Calgary Rockies
Calgary Diamondbacks
15
3
Tue
May
14
07:30 PM
Edmonton Cubs
Red Deer Riggers
2
0
Thu
May
23
07:00 PM
St. Albert Tigers
Edmonton Cubs
0
3
Fri
May
24
07:00 PM
Sherwood Park Athletics
Edmonton Padres
1
5
Fri
May
24
07:30 PM
Red Deer Riggers
St. Albert Tigers
4
3
Fri
May
24
07:30 PM
Calgary Diamondbacks
Calgary Rockies
4
1

The Giant


Jun. 08, 2021


Kern Watts (Mississauga, ON) has played a lot of high level baseball, including time at the University of Arkansas and the University of Evansville. It is evident that baseball runs in the Watts family; His brother Derran was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round out of the NAIA powerhouse University of British Columbia in 2001.

 

Watts debuted for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Intercounty Baseball League in 2010. In his two seasons with the Leafs, Watts batted .315 with 23 stolen bases and 8 homeruns. Eventually, Watts made his way to the FMBA, home of premier Senior Men's baseball in Calgary, in 2013. From 2013 to 2017, Watts was a force on the Calgary Giants, totaling a .345 batting average with a 1.081 OPS and 8 homeruns. 

 

Finally, Watts made his way to the Sunburst and hit the ground running. He made an immediate impact, hitting 7 homeruns in 2018 for the A's and was named to the Sunburst League all-star team. His A's would go on to win the 2018 Sunburst League and represented Alberta in Miramichi, NB at the 2019 Senior Men's nationals.

 

We were super excited to chat with Kern, as he is a guy who has spent time in the IBL, FMBA and now Sunburst. We asked Kern about his thoughts on the upcoming season, and we picked his brain on what similarities and differences he saw in the different men's leagues, and what league initiatives he would like to see:

 

  • Can you tell us about your baseball history?

 

"I was born in Mississauga Ontario, and grew up and played in Brampton. Later, I played for the Ontario Blue Jays and was a Junior National Team invitee. I played at the University of Arkansas in my freshman year and went to the College World Series with that team. I later transferred to the University of Evansville and played the remainder of my collegiate ball there."

 

  • We’ve gone one year without Sunburst baseball. Can you tell us what you’ve done to stay in shape?

 

"To stay in shape, I have been lucky enough to have a home gym and I work out 5 days a week, also biking and still training/practicing for baseball."

 

  • You lit it up in the FMBA for a few years before making your way to the Sunburst. Can you talk about the similarities and differences between the leagues?

 

"Yes, I lived in Calgary for 8 years and played in the FMBA before moving to Edmonton and playing in the Sunburst. In Calgary, I played for the Calgary Giants for 5 years. Similarities are both leagues are made of ex-pros, university players and senior baseball players who all love the game of baseball. This is heart of both of the leagues is that we all enjoy the game and being part of a team working towards a common goal."

 

  • Any league initiatives you’d like to see? Perhaps some cross-over with the FMBA?

 

"I really and truly believe there should be a tournament and/or all star series between the leagues. Enough players know others from the opposing city and this could actually bring more people into the league and the game of baseball. This would also create another battle of Alberta people would come to see. An option could be one weekend in Calgary and another in Edmonton. Just to generate attention in each city and bring together the leagues."

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