He has been injured and cursed by bad luck. But there's little doubt of the impact of Amos Ramon when he is healthy and in the Winnipeg Goldeyes' lineup.
And so it came as no surprise on Monday when the Fish announced that Ramon, a 29-year-old infielder and the league's playoff MVP this past season, has been signed to a new deal and will be returning to help the Goldeyes in their quest for another American Association crown.
Ramon is the first player signing for the 2013 season.
The 29-year-old infielder hit .281 with four home runs and 35 RBI in 71 games for the Fish this past season, despite missing a month of the campaign with a separated shoulder. And in the playoffs he was dominant, hitting .476 with two homers and nine RBI, including game-winning dingers in Game 1 of the divisional series win over Fargo and the championship versus Wichita.
"Amos has the ability to be an impact player on anybody's team," said Goldeyes' manager Rick Forney in a press release. "He has battled two injury-filled seasons so far. We're hoping we can get him on the field for 100 games this year and watch more of what we watched during the post-season last year."
Ramon, who played for the Goldeyes in 2006, returned in 2011 but his season would last only four innings after he tore his ACL on opening day. He holds a .303 career batting average in 368 games, all of which are at the independent level.
Wesmen score bull's-eye with Buckeye
THE University of Winnipeg Wesmen Women's Volleyball team has landed an all-star recruit.
The Wesmen announced Monday that Miles MacDonell star Stephanie Hunt has committed to the program for the 2013-14 Canada West season.
The 5-11 middle was named a Manitoba Volleyball Association graduating all-star after the 2012 season in which she played a vital role in leading the Buckeyes to a Final Four appearance at the AAAA Provincial Volleyball Championships.
An honour-roll student in her four years at Miles MacDonell, Hunt also participated in track and field -- she was the 2010 junior varsity provincial high-jump champion -- and soccer.
Terrier tearing up score sheets
ZACK Waldvogel of the Portage Terriers is on a scorching streak. The 18-year-old forward picked up seven points (two goals, five assists) in four games for the defending Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions and, as a result, has been named the Recycle Everywhere-MJHL Player of the Week.
The runners-up are 19-year-old forward Parker Thomas of the Selkirk Steelers and forward Dylan Favell, also 19, of the Swan Valley Stampeders.
Legault, Ortiz top women's pucksters
SANFORD'S Lauren Legault and Julia Ortiz of College Jeanne Seauve Olympiens' are the latest athletes to be named the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey Players of the Week.
Legault scored twice in the Sabres' 3-2 win over the St. Mary's Flames while Ortiz also notched a pair in the final four minutes of a 3-2 victory over the Beliveau Barracudas.
THE Winnipeg Blue Bombers have unveiled some of the transition plans in their move into their new digs.
The club announced Monday its office closures and procedures as it makes the transfer from Canad Inns Stadium to Investors Group Field next month.
The Bombers' office at Canad Inns will close on Friday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. with the ticketing department remaining open on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will reopen at Canad Inns Stadium on Jan 2 and 3.
The offices at Canad Inns Stadium will close for good on Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. and online ticket purchases will still be available at the club's website, bluebombers.com.
The Bombers' new office at Investors Group Field will open on Monday, Jan. 14.
The Bomber Store at Canad Inns Stadium will remain open until Dec. 24 with the new Bomber Store at Investors Group Field will open again in March. In the interim, fans will be able to purchase items online beginning in the new year.