Canaries Honor 'Doc' Edwards Before Game With Saints
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D -- The Sioux Falls Canaries honored former manager Howard Rodeny “Doc” Edwards with a pregame moment of silence ahead of their clash with St. Paul at the Birdcage on Tuesday. The former manager with the Canaries and Major League Baseball died Monday at the age of 81.
Edwards, who received his nickname after his time serving as a Navy medic, managed the Sioux Falls Canaries from 2000 to 2004. While never bringing home a full championship, the Birds won both halves of the 2001 Northern League season.
Before his time in Sioux Falls, Edwards played a total of 317 MLB games spanning five teams during his 12-year playing career. After finishing up with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970, he moved to managing where he eventually led the Cleveland Indians from 1987-1989, racking up 173 wins as skipper. Doc finished his managerial career with the San Angelo Colts of the North American Baseball League in 2014.
The Sioux Falls Canaries would like to extend their greatest condolences to the Edwards family and thank Doc Edwards for all his hard work to not only the Canaries, but to the game of baseball during his 54 years in the professional ranks.
On the field, the Birds dropped the middle game of a three-game set to St. Paul 6-4.
The Birds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single from David Bergin, his 52nd RBI of the season. A solo home run from St. Paul catcher Justin O'Conner tied the game in the top of the second.
The Birds responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, featuring RBI singled from Mitch Glasser and Jabari Henry. It was Henry's 19th RBI in 12 games against St. Paul this year.
From there, the Birds' offense fell quiet -- St. Paul would go on to score five unanswered runs in the middle innings. A two-run homer from Zach Walters tied the game at 4 in the fifth and a two-run double by Kyle Barrett gave the Saints a 6-4 lead in the sixth.
The Canaries managed one hit in the final seven innings, an infield single by Mike Hart. Hart went 2-for-4 in the game to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest hitting streak in the American Association this year.
The Canaries and Saints meet for the last game of their series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. The Canaries' game-worn blue home uniforms will be raffled off to fans at the game. Birds fans can get their tickets at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.