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The Calgary Vipers are an independent minor league baseball team, currently affiliated with the Golden Baseball League. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, they play in Foothills Stadium. 2008 marks the fourth season for the Calgary Vipers, and their first in the Golden League.
Previously, the Vipers played in the Northern League from 2005?2007.On April 3, 2004, the Northern League announced that it had awarded a franchise to Calgary Professional Baseball, Ltd., led by Japanese businessman Naoto Higuchi. Higuchi and his partners came on-board claiming to be interested in the concept of independent baseball and were looking at the Northern League franchise as a test case for a similar league in Japan. The Northern League even held its 2005 winter meetings in Japan.
Despite promising to spend as much as $10 million on upgrades to the aging Foothills Stadium, almost nothing was done with the franchise. As of December, the franchise still had no name, no field manager, and only a minimal staff. The team had hired a general manager in Bill Craig, formerly of the Calgary Cannons, and had participated in the league's expansion draft. Finally, on December 10, the Northern League revoked the franchise, stripping Calgary Professional Baseball, Ltd. of its ownership.
The franchise remained dormant until February 11, 2005 when it announced the sale of the team to Winnipeg businessman Jeffrey Gidney. Gidney inherited the team with less than three months to name the team, hire staff, sign players, sign a coaching staff, negotiate a lease and sell tickets before the first exhibition games were to be played.
Despite the short timeframe, the Vipers managed to build a quality team on the field, as the team finished second in the Northern division in both halves. Off the field, the Vipers finished last in attendance, averaging just over 1100 fans. However, crowds slowly improved as the season went on and the Vipers grew from a bare bones operation, and as the weather improved following a month of June that featured record amounts of rainfall.
On June 13, 2006, a string of bean balls in the first two innings touched off two major brawls between the Vipers and their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Cracker-Cats. After Edmonton's Greg Morrison was hit by a Calgary pitch for the fourth time in five games, the Cracker-Cats responded by throwing at two Calgary players. The resulting melee was so violent that the umpires sent both teams off the field, and suspended the game for over an hour to consult with league officials. When the Cracker-Cats refused to return to the field afterward, the game was declared a forfeit and the Vipers were awarded a 9-0 victory.
The league came down hard on both teams, as both managers and seven players were suspended a total of 79 games. Morrison blamed Calgary manager Mike Busch for the incident, believing that Busch continues to hold a grudge after both Morrison, and another former Viper, J.P. Fauske defected to the Cracker-Cats after leaving the Vipers after a falling out with the Calgary manager late in the 2005 season.
The Vipers finished first in the North Division in the first half of 2007 with a record of 29?19, and qualified for the playoffs for the first time. They defeated the second half champion the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in three straight games before falling in five games to the Gary Southshore Railcats in the Northern League Championship Series. Of note, outfielder Darryl Brinkley became the first minor league baseball player of the modern era to achieve a .400 batting average. Brinkley was named the Independent League Player of the Year by Baseball America.
The playoff run would prove to be the team's last hurrah in the Northern League, as both the Vipers and Edmonton Cracker Cats announced that they were leaving the league after failing to post $1 million performance bonds. Both teams jumped to the California based Golden Baseball League.The Vipers have been making headlines since moving to the GBL. They suggested that former National Hockey League star Theoren Fleury was considering playing for the Vipers. The former Calgary Flame took batting practice with the team, and threw out the first pitch at their home opener.
Then, the Vipers traded pitcher John Odom to the Laredo Broncos of the United Baseball League for ten bats. Odom was unable to enter Canada and was turned away at the Canadian border due to an unspecified criminal charge on his record. The Vipers intended to auction the bats off to raise funds for their Snakes and Batters charity fund, however they were instead sold to Ripley's