Episode 12: Corey Koskie

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Episode 12 features the greatest baseball player to ever come out of Manitoba, Corey Koskie!

Koskie, who grew up just outside of Anola, is the first Manitoban-born and raised player to play in the MLB. In 1998, he made his big league debut with the Minnesota Twins. He went on to play the next seven seasons in Minnesota — highlighted by an incredible 2001 campaign where he hit 26 homers and drove in 103 runs.

His childhood dream came true in 2005 when he got to play for the Toronto Blues Jays. He played one season in Toronto before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. In Milwaukee, Koskie suffered a concussion in July of 2006 that costed him his season and the rest of his career.

He played 989 games in the MLB and was a career .275 hitter. He is considered one of the greatest Canadians to play the game, and was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. Two years earlier, he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

On this episode, we talked about his improbable journey from Anola to the major leagues, why he had to spend $100 before his first career MLB game, pranking David Ortiz, his favourite memory of Roy Halladay, why his time with the Blue Jays was disappointing, playing at the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada, the concussion that ended his career, having a field named after him in Winnipeg, and much more!

Read our story on Corey Koskie in the Winnipeg Free Press

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