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Diverse group of kids playing soccer.

The Blue Jays added vital pieces to the team at the trade deadline. Perhaps they did not get the catcher they were looking for, but they added a top of the rotation arm and good bullpen depth. Berrios, Hand and Soria provide support that was desperately needed. Unfortunately, all the other potential playoff teams within the same division also bolstered their lineups. While the Yankees, Red Sox and the Rays added big hitters to their lineups, they did not get more versatile and “athletic” players. When the playoffs hit, you come to realize the importance of certain positions and players – pitching, defence and speed. Overall, well done Blue Jays. We are all hoping for a good playoff run. 

The trade deadline itself can play an important role in the morale of the players. By adding players, the organization is demonstrating to the players that they believe in them, and they want to build to win. A lot of teams added to their rosters and during a long season, these types of moves revitalize a team, players, coaches and fans. Unfortunately for other teams, it can signal the end of an era and initiates a rebuild. Fans need to appreciate and accept the ups and downs with their favourite teams. Hopefully their shot comes and they go for it all. 

The Blue Jays returned to Toronto this past weekend, and the fans at the Rogers Centre gave them a warm welcome. Many, including myself, questioned, why the Blue Jays would return to Toronto part way through the season. Some of the players had the same opinion. But that opening day tribute to the team, players and fans made it all worth it, and shows why the team belongs back in Toronto. While a lot of players do not like playing for teams above the border for various reasons, I hope they appreciate that they are playing for a whole Country. I was not missing nor really looking forward to going back to the Rogers Centre – but now I am!

The Baycats sit in sixth place with a 4-7 record. Due to scheduling conflicts, the interview with Pitching Coach/Pitcher, Brad Grieveson has been postponed. Details on the Baycats season so far and a look at the rest of the season is to come. 

Men’s and Minor baseball/fastball has returned for some this season. Please email me at townes.patrick@gmail.com if you would like any coverage in the article.

BAYCATS ADD TO INFIELD WITH SIGNING OF JANSEN

BARRIE – The Barrie Baycats Baseball Club announced  that we have signed infielder Owen Jansen for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Jansen, 22, will head back to Saint Leo University in September for his graduate season.

Through the first four seasons of his college career, the Oakville, Ontario native has spent time at both Saint Leo and Purdue University.

The infielder, who played for the Ontario Blue Jays program during his travel ball career, projects to be a mainstay in the Baycats’ middle infield for years to come due to his high-end speed and defensive ability. 

The left-handed bat was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in his sophomore season at Purdue. 

Baycats director of player procurement Dante DeCaria, who signed Jansen to the Baycats, says he believes Jansen will be a massive addition to the Baycats’ middle-infield.

“The Baycats organization is very excited to add an infielder with four years of college experience under his belt. Owen’s relationship with some of the players on our roster will help our chemistry. His on-field play will speak for itself. I think anytime you can add a four-year college infielder, who can play anywhere on the diamond, and hit, it’s a welcome addition.” We are excited to watch Owen play this season, and for years to come.” 

Jansen, who will join the Baycats next week after wrapping up his summer ball season in the States, says he is excited to join the Baycats and play with former OBJ teammates in Ryan Rijo and Royce Ando.

“I’ve known a ton of players that have played for the Baycats in the past as well as guys on the team now. I’ve heard nothing but positive things. When the opportunity arose for me to join the Baycats this month, it seemed like the perfect fit. I’m looking forward to getting on the field with the guys, having fun, and contributing to the club’s winning tradition.”

For more information, follow the Baycats on Facebook and Twitter at @iblbaycats, on Instagram at @barriebaycats, and on Youtube at Barrie Baycats TV.

By Ryan Eakin

Tiny Township Sports Equipment Loaner Kits

Free s​port loaner kits are available throughout the summer and contain all the equipment needed to play in your backyard or at your favorite Township of Tiny Park.

Kits include instructional booklets with game play rules and examples of skill drills and are provided for a 2-week rental period.​​​

Each Saturday, curbside pick-up will occur between 10:00am and 12:00pm at Perkinsfield Park (43 County Road 6, Tiny ON).

Reservations:​

Please contact recassistant@tiny.ca or call (705) 526-4204 ext. 3 to check kit availability and make a two-week reservation. There are limited quantities and kits are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

Available Loaner Kits:​

The following sports equipment loaner kits are available throughout the summer:​​​

Spor​t Kit with Equipment​ Included

Soccer – 5 small and 5 large soccer balls, 2 pop-up nets (for drills and scrimmage games), a hand pump and a variety of pylons (pitches located at Wyevale & Perkinsfield Parks) 

Pickleball – 4 paddles, 1 net and 4 outdoor balls (courts located at Balm Beach)

Tennis – ​2 rackets and 6 tennis balls (courts located at Balm Beach, Perkinsfield Park & Bluewater Beach)

Bocce Ball – ​1 bocce ball set for up to 4 players (courts located at Lafontaine Beach Park)

Frisbee Golf – 6 frisbee golf discs (course located at Wyevale Park)

Horseshoes – ​4 horseshoes and two stakes (pits located at Perkinsfield & Toanche Parks)

Sit & Spin – 1 compact stationary exercise bike