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Greg Morrison Greg Morrison is simply a baseball guy.


Sure, the 36-year-old family man’s top priority is the six-month-old baby waiting for him at home, and his soft tissue practice controls a significant portion of his time as well. But as one of Medicine Hat’s most accomplished ball players, it’s really only fitting that he eventually head up the highest level of baseball the Gas City has to offer.


Morrison started in Medicine Hat Little League after his family moved here in 1981 and eventually parlayed that into a 12-year professional career that included one in 1997 with the now defunct Medicine Hat Blue Jays where he won the league’s triple crown for hitting and MVP honours. His 23 home runs broke and remains the Pioneer League’s single-season record.


Morrison’s on-field career never went beyond the minor


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leagues but during the off seasons he was quietly completing a kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary, which he did in 2004. He then began professionally practising in soft tissue therapy in Calgary while still maintaining his career in baseball.


“It was kind of a neat experience being this guy that worked for a living but then I’d get to go and be a professional athlete,” says Morrison. “It was funny, I’d have players on my team wanting me to work on them because they knew about active release, which is primarily the technique that I do.”


In 2006 Morrison decided to hang up his baseball glove permanently and


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he and his wife TeNeil moved back to Medicine Hat, where they had several family members to be close to. But after establishing his soft tissue practice in Medicine Hat, Morrison’s baseball passion began to creep back into play.


“I watched a couple of Mavericks games and that was the beginning,” he says. He began talks with the current ownership at the time regarding how he might get back into the sport in some way.


Two months later he owned the team outright.


Morrison quickly took a franchise mired in a slump of losing seasons and returned it to winning ways. But he says his ability to turn out a competitive baseball team was due to efforts by previous ownership.


“The old cliché of stepping on the shoulders of those before me; the former owners really laid down the foundation of sponsorship, season ticket holders, that kind of thing. They really kept the boat afloat when there wasn’t a lot of fan support,” he says. “The timing worked out where I came in and maybe my being a former Blue Jay helped, but I think more than that people are starting to get excited about baseball and the calibre of talent in that league.”


Nonetheless, Morrison’s on-field effect on the Mavericks can’t be hurting the cause. Being from the area himself, Morrison looks for local talent first, which not only results in more fan interest but has also turned out some of the team’s best athletes.


“I really do think the timing has just been right but it is exciting to get all these local guys who can play, like Mitch Frey and Joel Lutz. I think a lot of it is I’m a Canadian coach and I want Canadian players.”


He is now able to put that same passion he had growing up for his own career toward those he is teaching on the Mavericks and nothing would please him more than to see a local kid take their professional capabilities even further than he did.


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