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The Blue Jays and Vancouver Canadians Extend Their Player Development Contract Through 2022

Aaaaaaaand speaking of the Vancouver Canadians (which… weren’t we?), with Ross Atkins in town, and the club’s annual Hot Stove Luncheon taking place today, it seems like it was a good time for the club to announce some pretty big (if thoroughly expected) news:

It’s a relationship so obvious and so good that even the Americans running the Jays can’t screw it up!

There’s nothing not to like about what the Jays are doing with Vancouver, and full credit to Paul Beeston and Alex Anthopoulos for having recognized the potential there. A quick stint in Vancouver gives young Blue Jays players a chance to get a feel for Canada, so that they’re not completely unfamiliar at the time their first big league call-up eventually (hopefully) comes, and the connection between the fans there and “Canada’s Team” really seems to resonate. Like the link-up with Buffalo, which also made far too much sense, it’s the rare great marketing opportunity that has all kinds of outstanding side benefits to it.

Plus, though I’ve sadly never been, I know that the ballpark gets raves, the organization seems to really get it, and it’s a relationship that genuinely seems to work. And having followed along through the Jays’ years in Syracuse and Las Vegas, and watching their Double-A team play in the Red Sox’ back yard, I know that’s not always going to be the case.

So good on everyone for getting this done and extending this deal into the far off distant future of 2022. WILL THERE BE FLYING CARS BY THE TIME IT ENDS? WHY, ANYTHING WILL BE POSSIBLE SO DEEP INTO THE UNIMAGINABLE!!!

  • lukewarmwater

    The real exciting news at that luncheon which I attended and got to chat with Lloyd and others was the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of money raised for my old alma mater U.B.C. athletic scholarship fund. Hello alumin Mr. Francis who had a solid career in the bigs especially with the Rockies. Damm I looked good in my new U.B.C. bomber jacket. But far, far more important was the hundreds of thousands and thousands raised for under privileged youth who get to play on the old Nat Bailey Stadium turf which I have watched games since 1956. Just a wonderful cause as maybe the next Votto, Morneau got his start in ball thanks to the Jays and Baseball Canadians raising millions for this program.
    Then there are the tremendous fans, yep I talked to one lady who has billeted 32 ball players in her home. I know of other great Vancouver fans that helped a young man by providing a home for him while he learned his craft. I also know of some of these dedicated ball fans being invited to the wedding of that young man a number years later as they never forget their fine treatment in Vancouver. God Bless the owners Jeff Mooney and Jake Kerr for their outstanding record with the single A club which won the championship AGAIN last year but more importantly their incredible dedication along with hundreds of others to teach young boys and girls the game of summer. Stoeten get that skinny ass out here and I’ll buy the beers for the night at the best little ball park in North America.

  • El Cabeza

    So good on everyone for getting this done and extending this deal into the far off distant future of 2022. WILL THERE BE FLYING CARS BY THE TIME IT ENDS? WHY, ANYTHING WILL BE POSSIBLE SO DEEP INTO THE UNIMAGINABLE!!!

    Yes, 2022 is so far into the distant future that Tulo will become a FA.