Baseball Canada mourns passing of Wayne Norton

 Former National Team coach Wayne Norton, who served as a scout for the Seattle Mariners in recent years, threw out the first pitcher prior to the M's game on September 23. Photo Credit: Seattle Mariners Baseball Club

Former National Team coach Wayne Norton, who served as a scout for the Seattle Mariners in recent years, threw out the first pitcher prior to the M's game on September 23. Photo Credit: Seattle Mariners Baseball Club

January 6, 2018

Official Statement from Baseball Canada following the passing of former National Team coach and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton who was 75 years old.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Wayne Norton after a courageous battle with ALS. Wayne was as good a baseball man as they come, having a huge impact on Canadian Baseball as both a coach and scout. Our deepest condolences to his wife Trudy, daughter Beth and son Steven along with Wayne’s three grandchildren.”

After a professional playing career that consisted of over 1,200 minor league games, Wayne Norton began a stint with Baseball Canada that saw him coach teams that participated in the Senior World Cup and Intercontinental Championships in 1973 and 1974 before managing the club that represented Canada at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico City.

He was also largely responsible for creating Baseball Canada’s Level 2 coaching manual in the late 1970’s. In 1986, he shifted his focus to the National Baseball Institute as he created a place for some of Canada’s top up-and-coming players to hone their skills including future big leaguers Denis Boucher, Paul Spoljaric, Rob Butler, Jason Dickson, Aaron Guiel, Corey Koskie and Matt Stairs.

From there, Wayne began his career as a scout working for his old foe from his playing days and dear friend, Pat Gillick, then general manager of the Baltimore Orioles. When Gillick became GM of the Mariners in 2000, he brought Norton with him as a scout covering Europe and Canada in a position he held until recently. Wayne was responsible for signing big leaguers Greg Halman (deceased), Alex Liddi and Canadians Phillippe Aumont and Michael Saunders. He also was the signing scout for up-and-coming St. Louis Cardinals prospect Tyler O’Neill. Wayne was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

Adam Morissette

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.