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A Look Back at the First Fully Retractable Motorized Roof Ever

These days, retractable roofs are pretty commonplace, found at ballparks everywhere from Miami to Milwaukee to Seattle. But when the Toronto Blue Jays broke ground on the SkyDome (now known as Rogers Centre) in 1986, it was completely unheard of, like something out of a science-fiction movie.  Read more here.

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County Commits $41.7 Million for Blue Jays Spring-Training Facilities

The Pinellas County Commission pulled the final trigger Tuesday on dedicating $41.7 million in bed taxes for upgrades to the Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium and spring training facilities, a pledge that amounts to covering more than half of the project.  Read more here.

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Bisons, Blue Jays Extend PDC

Buffalo Bisons New Primary LogoToronto Blue Jays LogoPRESS RELEASE – Continuing their successful partnership both on the field and off, the Buffalo Bisons and Toronto Blue Jays today announced that the teams have signed a two-year extension of their current Player Development Contract. This extension will keep the Bisons as the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate through the 2018 season. Continue reading

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Nearly 100,000 Turn Out for MLB at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

Toronto Blue Jays LogoCincinnati Reds LogoA crowd of 46,314 at Olympic Stadium watched Cincinnati Reds blank the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Friday night.  Read more here.  More than 50,000 people showed up as the Jays beat the Reds 9-1 Saturday afternoon.  Read more here.

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Fisher Cats, Blue Jays Extend PDC

Toronto Blue Jays LogoNew Hampshire FisherCats New Logo ColorsPRESS RELEASE – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats and their parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays, announced today a new two-year extension of the Player Development Contact between the two teams. The extension of the PDC agreement means the Fisher Cats will remain the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate through 2018, extending the relationship between Toronto and New Hampshire to 15 consecutive seasons. Continue reading

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MLB Returns to Montreal Today and Saturday

Montreal Expos LogoGround crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.  So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Palm Beach Gardens Makes Open House Pitch for Astros, Blue Jays Spring-Training Project

Houston Astros New LogoToronto Blue Jays LogoThe city of Palm Beach Gardens (FL) held a an open house Wednesday to show plans for the proposed $100 million spring-training facility for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.  Read more here.

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Met, Blue Jays to Play in Montreal

Toronto Blue Jays LogoNew York Mets LogoThe New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays will reportedly play a pair of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium just before the 2014 season begins.  Read more here.

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Ushering In Retirement

Kannapolis Intimidators New Alternative LogoToronto Blue Jays Logo 2012Here is a nice story about Warren Kauber, 73, who serves as a professional usher in his retirement for the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League) and the Toronto Blue Jays at their spring-training facility in Dunedin (FL).  Read more here.  Thanks to Graham Knight for posting link on Facebook.

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Good Things Goin’ On with Dawgs

Okotoks Dawgs LogoThe summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League) are averaging 2,334 fans per game this season ahead of last years high-water mark of 2,202.  Beyond the success at the gate, Okotoks (AB) was recently awarded the 2016 World Children’s Baseball Fair, and John Ircandia, managing director of the Dawgs, was named Honorary Chairman of the Continue reading

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Ottawa Mayor to Meet with Blue Jays, Eastern League

Eastern League LogoOttawa Mayor Mayor Jim Watson is heading to Toronto to talk baseball with Toronto Blue Jays officials on Friday hoping to secure a new professional baseball team and a Blue Jays affiliation for the capital city.  Watson also plans to meet with officials from the Double-A Eastern League.  Read more here and here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the links.

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Canadians, Blue Jays Extend PDC

Vancouver Canadians LogoToronto Blue Jays Logo 2012PRESS RELEASE – The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club and Toronto Blue Jays agreed to extend their Player Development Contract through 2016. The announcement came as part of the Canadians 3rd Annual Hot Stove Luncheon presented by Scotiabank at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Friday. Continue reading

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The 100 Most Influential Canadians in Baseball

Baseball Canada LogoThe sixth annual list of the 100 most influential Canadians in baseball has been released.  A few notables include (#1) Paul Beeston, president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, (#28) John Ircandia, managing director of the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League), and (#62) Jake Kerr, managing partner and principle owner of the Single-A Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League).  Read more here.

John Ircandia, Okotoks Dawgs

John Ircandia, Okotoks Dawgs

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Bye-Bye Blue Jays, 51s Sign New Affiliation Agreement with Mets

PRESS RELEASE – The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) announced today they have signed a “new” two-year Player Development Contract (PDC) with the New York Mets, member of the National League East. Continue reading

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Gray Predicting a Different Experience for Ottawa Baseball Fans This Time Around

Ottawa Sun blogger Ken “The Bulldog” Gray, a vocal proponent of bringing Double-A ball to Ottawa, visited Grayson Stadium last spring to experience the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) operation first hand.  While taking minor shots at the former Triple-A Ottawa Lynx (International League) and even the Toronto Blue Jays, Gray voices his expectations for a fun-filled Continue reading

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The Bulldog Blasts Ottawa Officials (Again!)

Ottawa Citzen columnist and blogger Ken “The Bulldog” Gray takes another shot at the City of Ottawa for failing to negotiate a final lease deal with Beacon Sports of Boston in time to bring a Double-A Eastern League franchise to Ottawa Stadium starting next season.  We’re not so sure the city is entirely to blame here, but we enjoy The Bulldog’s prodding.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Blue Jays, Fisher Cats Extend PDC

The Toronto Blue Jays and Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) until 2014.  There is also talk that the Blue Jays might be eyeing the Buffalo Bisons (International League) to replace Las Vegas 51s as the team’s Triple-A affiliate.  The Bisons are currently an affiliate of Continue reading

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Blue Jays Happy with Double-A Affiliate, But…

The Toronto Blue Jays say they would “love to” extend their player development contract (PDC) with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League), despite rumors that the affiliation could move to Ottawa, if a Double-A franchise relocates there.  Read more here.  However, as we have suggested before, the club’s PDCs are far more than about great facilities and markets to develop Continue reading

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Blue Jays Marching Toward ‘Canada’s Team’ Status?

It’s clear to us that the Toronto Blue Jays are gunning to truly become “Canada’s Team,” which we believe is primarily driven by a desire by the club’s owner, Rogers Communication, one of the largest communications companies in Canada, to exand its power and penetration across the country. Continue reading

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Ottawa Stadium to Get Artificial Turf

Ken “The Bulldog” Gray from the Ottawa Citizen is reporting that artificial turf will be installed at Ottawa Stadium to accommodate the Double-A Eastern League franchise coming to town in 2013.  Gray believes this is a sign that the team will be an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, as the possible parent club uses artificial turf too.  Read more here.

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Deal Would Reduce Ottawa Ballpark Capacity by 2,000

According to Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Beacon Sports of Boston would remove 2,000 seats from Ottawa Stadium and replace them with other fan-friendly amenities, if a deal is finalized to bring a Double-A Eastern League to town.  This would reduce the capacity of the ballpark to around 8,000, which would be a good move to enhance all-important ballpark intimacy and add amenities that fans expect in Continue reading

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Jays GM: No Plans to Change Double-A Affiliation

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said that the club does not plan to move its Double-A Eastern League affiliation from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester to a possible relocated club in Ottawa.  Read more here.

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Deal to Bring Double-A Ball to Ottawa to be Announced Friday

The City of Ottawa has reportedly reached a tentative long-term deal with Beacon Sports of Boston (MA) to bring a Double-A Eastern League team to the capital city beginning in 2013.  The city is apparently planning to pump $6 million into Ottawa Stadium to bring it up to par, while Beacon will pony up $3 million.  If the deal happens, expect the team’s affiliation to eventually be the Toronto Blue Jays.  Read more here.

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Beacon Sports Submits Bid for Ottawa Stadium

Beacon Sports Capital Partners of Boston beat today’s 3:00 p.m. deadline to submit bids to lease Ottawa Stadium for the long haul.  Beacon Sports has been the group gunning to relocate a Double-A Eastern League franchise to the capital city starting in 2013.  Read more here.

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Blue Jays Go Retro with New Logo, Unis

Tipping their hat to the past, the Toronto Blue Jays unveiled their new logo and uniforms on Friday.  Read more hereView photo gallery hereView video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Blue Jays to Unveil New Logo, Unis on Nov. 18?

Rumor has it that the Toronto Blue Jays will unveil their new logo and uniform designs at an event scheduled for Nov. 18 at Rogers Centre.  The return-to-the-past logo we have used in this post is the one that has been allegedly leaked.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Jays Going Retro?

It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays might be going retro with their branding.  A new logo was recently leaked that shows a return to the past.  The team is not confirming nor denying the report.  We hope this is true.  The current logo is horrible.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Blue Jays GM Visits Vancouver

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos visited his team’s Single-A affiliate in Vancouver (BC) on Sunday, and he came away impressed with Canadians’ history, operations, and fan support.  During his visit, he addressed the possibility of Vancouver becoming the Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in the future.  Read more here.

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Blue Jays, Tim Horton’s Ink Sponsorship Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays have locked in a sponsorship deal that will bring Tim Horton’s coffee and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream to the Rogers Centre for the rest of the season.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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More On Affiliated Ball in Ottawa

Mark Sutcliffe from the Ottaw Citizen takes a look at the possibility of bringing a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate to Ottawa, and the strategy by Toronto-based Rogers Communications, the Blue Jays’ parent company, to advance the Rogers brand and power across Canada.  Look out, Vancouver-based Telus CommunicationsRead more here.

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Ottawa Gunning for Affiliated Ball?

The Intercounty Baseball League’s Ottawa Fats Cats are now playing at the stadium in Ottawa, but that isn’t stopping Councilor Rick Chiarelli from talking with the Toronto Blue Jays about hosting one of their affiliated clubs.  Apparently the Blue Jays have not shut the door on the idea. Continue reading

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Jays Dump Doubledays

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Single-A Auburn (NY) Doubledays have parted ways.  There are several potential suitors for the ‘Days.  In addition to the Jays, six other MLB teams have terminated their PDC with their short season Single-A affiliates, including Oakland, Baltimore, Washington, St. Louis, Florida, and Houston.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the article.

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