Vince Eastman was one of the very elite Senior AAA pitchers in Manitoba during the 1990’s. A real workhorse with a rubber arm and great control Vince had a lengthy career that also included success pitching for US College, professional Prairie League, and Senior AA teams. Vince was a regular all-star in the MSBL with five second team and three first all star selections. He led the Neepawa Farmers to their only provincial title in 1997 by posting a league best 8-1 regulat season record and a 5-0 playoff MVP performance. That year Vince was also named the Senior AAA player of the Year by Baseball Manitoba. He was named the top pitcher at the Western Canadians with the title winning MSBL all-stars in 2000. Vince was always heavily recruited throughout his career by Manitoba teams at all levels of competition from Bison to Senior AAA to pitch at Provincial, Western, and Canadian championships. This was not only because of his obvious talent but also his durability, competitiveness, and sportsmanship.
“It is my pleasure to introduce to you Vince Eastman, it was kind of interesting to hear Shaun Cory talk about Vince because this is unconventional too, Vince pitching credentials are outstanding, he was a work horse and had a natural flow with his pitches a couple of stats still hold at the University of McGreggor. The Neepawa Farmers have over the three year period strikeouts 228 batters in 225 innings, while walking only 68. In 1997 he capped a great season in Neepawa winning their only triple A title being the triple A senior player of the year. He was a dominant player at all levels, and this was shown by his appearances in Nationals, Westerns, and provincials. He was always one of the first pitchers added to Manitoba rosters because he had the ability to take the game to the next level. I had the pleasure to follow Vinnys career with my son witnessing the great performances, the boys attended clinics he was involved in, Eclips baseball school is usually one of those ones a few of those guys taught in, Vinny was there. He took time with the next generation and gave back to the game, Vinny finished off his career where he took a very young team to the championship and taught them how to play the game to win. Vinny took a lot of pride of being a player for his team. And being a coaches player, he loves all of his coaches and he loves the game, Congratulations Vinny and welcome to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Well Deserved”