The day that the Blue Jays clinched the American League pennant in 1992 was the day Ian became a Blue Jays fan for life. It was the first Jays game he ever attended at Skydome, and that's when his love affair for baseball began. Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007 for his Blue Jays blog, "Blue Jay Hunter". And with the advent of Twitter (where you can follow him @BlueJayHunter), Ian's fascination and consumption of everything Blue Jays has reached an entirely new level.
Jonathan Hodgson has been a writer for the CBN since 2009, and brings extensive experience in college baseball.
Jonathan was a ‘day one’ member of the Okotoks Dawgs when the club launched their Western Major Baseball League team in 2003. Having learned the game from a young age with the team, He became play-by-play voice of the Dawgs in 2008, a position he held through 2015. During those years, Jonathan also wrote the majority of content for the team’s website, and managed the Dawgs social media accounts.
Jonathan became involved with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, providing written coverage of that summer’s Honda Super Camp in Okotoks for Bluejays.com. He worked for the Blue Jays again in 2015, when he covered the Calgary stop on the 2015 Winter Tour.
Jonathan currently works for the Victoria HarbourCats of the West Coast League, providing different forms of written work, including feature articles for the team’s website. He also acts as a consultant to General Manager Jim Swanson, banking on his experience in summer-collegiate baseball to generate ideas to grow the HarbourCats brand.
Jonathan has also had tenures with the Western Major Baseball League, as website lead reporter, and with Vancouver Island Baseball Institute as communications director.
Jonathan calls Okotoks, Alta home.
Once his Little League opponents learned to hit his decidedly un-Halladay-like sinker, J.P. Antonacci's dream of becoming a big league starter took a back seat to his love of journalism. He's since reported for publications in Newfoundland, Kemptville, Brantford and the GTA, plus a memorable freelance assignment covering post-Katrina reconstruction in New Orleans. Now the editor of Norfolk News, based in Simcoe, Ont., the Etobicoke native gets his sports fix by interviewing and writing about Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame inductees, and listening to the Blue Jays while driving around the sprawling rural county he calls home.
David Matchett grew up in Lachine, Quebec and had his 6th birthday a month before the Montreal Expos played their first game. Some of his earliest memories are of sitting in Jarry Park with his father cheering on Rusty "Le Grand Orange" Staub and hoping to see a home run hit into the swimming pool just beyond the right field fence. David's fandom took off when Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Gary Carter finally made the team a contender and he is one of the rare individuals who actually has fond memories of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. David earned a degree in finance and later moved to Toronto to pursue his career, arriving the same day that the Blue Jays acquired Dave Winfield for their World Series run in 1992 and he remains a die-hard Jays fan. David has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) for 20 years, serving on the board of the Toronto Hanlan's Point chapter since 2005. He is a Certified Financial Planner and is the Vice President of Training and Practice Management for one of the world's largest financial institutions. He lives in downtown Toronto, a 15-minute walk from Rogers Centre, and when he isn't watching a game or doing research he enjoys travel, movies and taking in all of Toronto's cultural activities with his friends.
Growing up in Ladner, BC, CJ enjoyed baseball from a young age -- but that enjoyment went to a new level after he criss-crossed through the US and Canada with his family in an old motor home to visit ballparks across the continent. Ever since then he's been either playing or writing about the sport. On the diamond, he played his youth baseball for Ladner Minor Baseball, and from there moved on to the North Delta Blue Jays of the BC Premier Baseball League and the Whitman College Missionaries in Walla Walla, Washington. After transferring to the University of British Columbia to study History and English, he started writing for The Ubyssey, UBC's student newspaper, and became the Sports Editor and then the Managing Editor, Web in the following years. He can also be found on UBC's CiTR radio broadcasting UBC hockey, basketball, and football. He spends his summers down at Nat Bailey Stadium running the video board and doing media relations for the Vancouver Canadians. To keep his swing in in form, he also plays men's-league ball in the Greater Vancouver area. Have a story idea about the BCPBL or baseball in BC? Contact me at email@example.com.
Allan Simpson was one of three 2011 inductees into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He was formally enshrined June 18, 2011 in St. Marys, Ont., and joined by former Blue Jays all-star closer Tom Henke and the late George "Dandy" Wood, a Prince Edward Island native who played in almost 1,300 major-league games in the 19th century. Allan, a native of Kelowna, B.C., is the founder of Baseball America, the most influential baseball publication in the business.
Matt Betts was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1992. From a very young age, he loved all things baseball ... but even more, all things Canadian. His baseball career began with the Brantford Junior Red Sox, followed by three years (2008 thru 2010) with the Ontario Terriers program of the PBLO - twice winning the Most Proficient Pitcher award. The past four years he pitched at the University of West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference – twice earning Most Dedicated Player honours. Summer baseball experience includes pitching for the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Licking County Settlers (2013 Great Lakes League champs) and again this summer the Hamilton Cardinals. As an Integrated Marketing Major at UWA, he wrote extensively for the university newspaper, with a focus on baseball. His lifelong dedication and love for the game is indisputable, but his passion for sports writing and broadcasting/analysis has grown with each passing year. There is something very satisfying about “digging a little deeper” to reveal the “story within the story.” After four years of life in the United States, he is thrilled to be back home in Canada, ready to cover and promote Canadian sports and players.
Regaled with stories about Mickey Mantle by his father, Ralph, when he was growing up, Kevin Glew developed a keen interest in baseball at a young age in Dorchester, Ont. playing against teams from Vienna, Straffordville, St. Thomas, Stratford, Harrietsville, Belmont, London and Sarnia. His interest blossomed into a full-blown fascination after enduring a bone-chilling wind on the bench seats down the right-field line at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on Oct. 5, 1985 to witness the Blue Jays secure their first division title. Though Dale Murphy was his favourite player, the teenage Glew played more like a poor man's Spike Owen - another of his childhood heroes whom he later had the opportunity to interview. When he realized he had no shot at a big league career, Glew focussed his efforts on becoming a sportswriter. During his tenure in the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa from 1992 to 1996, he watched the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in their glory years and vividly recalls a young Matt Stairs suiting up for the Lynx.With few jobs in sports journalism available upon graduation, Glew entered the financial services industry. But after eight years of writing about RRSPs, Glew decided it was time to write about RBIs again. Since leaving his position in the financial sector, he has had freelance articles published in Baseball Digest, Baseball America and the London Free Press. He has also contributed to CBC Sports, SLAM! Sports, Rogers Sportsnet and MLB.com. In June 2010, he started a Canadian baseball history blog called Cooperstowners in Canada. You can read his blog here. Glew is also a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. He is available for paid writing gigs and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny was born in Ted Lindsay’s hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men’s tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four books on the Expos, including one en francais. Gallagher can be reached here: email@example.com.
Dan was born in Exeter, Ontario where his father Ross was the Sports Editor of the local weekly newspaper. Baseball was in his blood from the beginning as his mother remembers spending the night before he was born at a ball game watching Dan’s father umpire. That was the same year that Dan’s favorite team the Cleveland Indians were swept in the World Series by the New York Giants. Sixty years later baseball still remains a major part of Dan’s life. He has spent the past several years as a member of the London & District Baseball Association Executive and the Baseball Ontario Board as the LDBA representative. Since 2007 Dan has been the media liaison for the award-winning and championship-producing London Badgers program. He was the chairman of the 2002 and 2011 Baseball Ontario AGMs both held in London as well as being the convenor of the 2009, 2010 and 2013 Baseball Ontario Senior elimination tournaments and the 2011 Baseball Ontario Junior elimination tournament. The past two seasons Dan has been the official scorer for the Western Mustangs, putting to good use the scoring skills he learned from his mother when he was 10 years-old. In his spare time away from baseball Dan has been an Independent Broker for World’s Finest Chocolate since 1984.
Dan Estey was born in Fredericton, N.B., began playing in the Fredericton Minor Baseball Association and has played for the past 26 years. He’s appeared on the national stage: as a member of Team New Brunswick at the Baseball Canada Cup in 2000 in Stonewall, Man., was with the Fredericton Royals at the 2001 nationals midgets in Stonewall, and was with Fredericton at the 2003 Junior Nationals in Windsor, Ont. Estey played five years at the University of New Brunswick (2001-2005) winning four Atlantic Conference championships and three medals at the Canadian Intercollegiate Association championships (silver in 2001 in Ottawa, bronze in 2002 in Fredericton and gold in 2003 in Montreal. Moving to Ontario in 2006 he now resides in Mississauga. After playing three years for the Niagara Metros (2008-2010) of the Central Ontario Major League, he is currently learning under skipper Greg Cranker with the Erindale Cardinals (2011-present) of the same loop. He enjoys golfing and reading in my down time and run the website for the Central Ontario Major League, follows senior ball around the province of Ontario. This year he wrote about senior related topics and plan on doing more of the same next year in a larger capacity.
Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.
Andrew’s life revolves around sport. Playing three different sports (football, track, and baseball) during his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, Andrew now patrols the outfield for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs baseball team. As a Master’s student in the school of Kinesiology at Western Andrew’s research focuses on the sociocultural aspects of sport. Most recently, Andrew’s writing has examined the racial categorization of ballplayers during the 20th century as well as labour migration patterns in professional baseball.
Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover. If anyone would like to contact him, he can be reached here with any story ideas or suggestions.
Zach Swanson is a 14 (yes, 14) year-old baseball geek who loves every angle of the sport. He has always been involved in baseball since the day that he could say the word, and would still love to play in the show someday. He bases his writing out of Victoria, BC, going to Lambrick Park Baseball Academy, a school that has produced the likes of Michael Saunders and Kyle Orr. His favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds and his favourite player is Giancarlo Stanton.
Neil is a retired secondary school mathematics teacher with a life-long passion for the collection and analysis of baseball statistics. A North Bay Ontario resident for almost 50 years, Neil has fuelled his interest by serving as a research consultant with STATS Inc. He was the former chair of the Records Committee of SABR – the Society for American Baseball Research. Neil assisted in the development of the complete statistical database of baseball records that is used by a number of pro and media organizations and formed the basis for the STATS Inc. All-time Major League Handbook. He has contributed innumerable essays and columns to a variety of publications including; the Bill James Baseball Abstract, Grandstand Baseball Annual and Innings, and Canada’s Baseball Newspaper. Neil’s special interest continues to be the maintenance of the records compiled by Canadians in the major league. In 1996, he authored the Canadian Players Encyclopedia, a full statistical record of all current and former major leaguers from Canada.
Melissa Verge was born in Aurora, Ontario. She later migrated to Titusville, New Brunswick where she still resides in the middle of nowhere. She's been playing baseball since she was six years old, and has recently grown passionate for writing about the game. Melissa is an average 17-year-old girl who enjoys spending her Friday nights searching for the Blue Jays game, heck, any baseball game, on the radio. On the weekends Melissa can be found outside pitching to a very devoted catcher, a hockey net.
A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.
Devon is the founder of The GM's Perspective. Devon is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey. He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network. Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com, member of the Yarbarker Network, and is an Associate Member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals and Gateway Grizzlies. He has continued to further his knowledge by completing Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football outsiders. Currently, Devon is a Branch manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario, Canada.