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Winnipeg roots run deep for new Goldeyes member – Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg roots run deep for new Goldeyes member – Winnipeg Free Press

Cadyn Schwabe, who lives just south of the border, is the first player from North Dakota to play for the Winnipeg Goldeyes after signing with the Fish on June 29.

Schwabe was born and raised in Thompson, ND, a small town about 14 miles south of Grand Forks. He watched the team as a kid and has connections to Winnipeg. He’s happy to be a Goldeye.

The outfielder actually has dual citizenship as his father, Jason Schwabe, is from Winnipeg.

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Cadyn Schwabe can always visit his grandmother when he’s not busy with his duties with the Goldeyes.

Jason played baseball at Mayville State and professionally in Australia, but he also made an impression in Manitoba, where he played with Scott Neiles (former Goldeyes coach from 1994-2000) for the St. Boniface Native Sons, a senior baseball team from Manitoba.

The elder Schwabe and Neiles helped St. Boniface win the Redboine League championship and the Richardson Trophy five years in a row — accomplishing something no other Manitoba Senior baseball team has ever done. Neiles is currently in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and led the Fish to the playoffs every year he coached.

The younger Schwabe graduated from North Dakota State University in the spring. He played football and basketball in high school, but eventually chose baseball when he went to college.

“I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Schwabe said Tuesday. “Making sure every ball that comes into the outfield is caught or played the right way.”

The 23-year-old played five games for Fargo Moorhead this season before signing for the Goldeyes, much to his father’s delight.

“He’s pretty pumped up,” Cadyn Schwabe said. “He was actually here this weekend. Yeah, he’s pretty pumped up.”

“When I was little, we used to come here all the time,” said Schwabe, whose grandmother still lives in Winnipeg. “I still have pictures of me going to Goldeye’s games.”

The Schwabe family is definitely a big baseball family. Cadyn’s older brother Calen also played at NDSU, the two sharing the same varsity team for a year in 2022.

Cadyn also has two younger sisters, Sydney and Jena, who both played softball.

Schwabe hit the road with the Fish about a week and a half ago when the Goldeyes played the RailCats in Gary, Ind. Now that the team is back in Winnipeg for a six-game home stretch, Schwabe is getting used to life in the city, which he knows quite well.