Over the past week or so, there have been a couple of (bad) news stories concerning Maritime baseball.
First, Saint John native Andrew Case, the only currently Atlantic Canadian currently in affiliated baseball was suspended for failing to take a drug test. Case, spent the off season in Alberta, but did not notify MLB about his whereabouts. When his name came up for random testing, he did not show up (in Toronto) as his whereabouts were unknown. The suspension was originally 80 games but get appealed down to 50 (the standard first offense for failing a test). Case has tested negative the five previous times he was tested. Since Case finished the season in short season Vancouver, the suspension was supposed to start when the Canadians season commences in June. Luckily for him, Case spent enough time in Class A Lansing last season, MLB ruled that his season can start in April. End result, Case is eligible to return in mid to late May (in Lansing) as opposed to late July had it commenced with the Canadians season.
Secondly, Cam Marling, pitcher for the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry lost his battle with cancer (leukemia) this week at the age of 25. Marling, played last season while battling the illness. He was on the mound in the clinching game when the Dry won the NSSBL championship. He would have been a star pitcher in local senior baseball a long time as the left-hander went 8-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 2014. Until a month or so ago, everything with his treatments seemed fine until things took a turn for the worse. Marling has pitched four seasons with the Dry and also pitched for the Saint Mary’s Huskies. A GoFundMe page has been setup to help his family. Condolences to his family and friends.
Hopefully the next news update will be a little more happy than this one. Best wishes to both Case and the Marling family.