Right-hander Teddy Brimblecombe spent two years with the Great Lake Canadians before heading off to Albion College, an NCAA Division III school in Albion, Michigan.
The Kitchener Ont. native’s time with GLC was an important part of his development, and he credits the coaching staff and players for pushing him during his two years with the organization.
“GLC had a huge impact on my career as it was the first team I played for with knowledgeable coaches and competitive players. The environment pushed me to work harder and become a better baseball player, and the coaches gave me the guidance I needed to achieve this,” Brimblecombe said.”
His first year with GLC had an exciting conclusion as the 17u club won the CPBL Championship. Brimblecombe stated that winning the league championship was the pinnacle of his time with GLC. “The highlight of my GLC career is definitely winning the CPBL championship in 17u. That was the first championship I had ever won, and it was a great group of guys to win it with.”
A little more than a year later, in early August, Brimblecombe chose to attend Albion College, a school that checked off many boxes for the right-hander. “It is a very competitive program which puts together a winning record most years, and the coaching staff is great. Academically it has a strong kinesiology program and also has small class sizes, which is great for me,” he said.
Under the unique circumstances, the University experience is undoubtedly unlike any other year; however, Brimblecomb said, “academically and athletically it has been pretty good.”
“We’ve been able to practice for most of the fall, although for the first month it was only small group practices. There are still a lot of restrictions in place, such as mandatory masks during practice and not being able to be in the weight room as a team, but the team was still able to have a somewhat normal fall.”
Great Lake Canadians Pitching Coordinator Jon Fitzsimmons spoke highly of Brimblecombe, stating: “Teddy showed up to the field every day with an open mind and an incredible work ethic. He has a ton of deception in his delivery and showed signs of a devastating breaking ball while he was with us. His full-time transition to the mound came later in his GLC career, but I’m excited to watch him reach his full potential at college.”
“His curiosity and thirst for knowledge in whatever he’s doing will serve him well in baseball as well as in the classroom.”
Brimblecombe’s advice to the upcoming crop of GLC players:
“My best piece of advice would be to focus more on things off the field than on the field. Every ball player is willing to get their swings and throws in, but the ones that take control of their diet, workouts, and mental game often see bigger improvements,” said Teddy Brimblecombe, 2020 GLC Grad.