Danielle Obal
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Danielle’s curiosity for baseball was kick started when she was eight. She would spend time with her grandparents, sit down with a cup of tea and watch the Blue Jays. Although from Toronto, Danielle grew up in a divided house - Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers fans. But, it was listening to her dad’s memories of growing up in Michigan and watching the 1968 Tigers that changed her perspective on baseball. Seeing a grand slam at her first Tigers game in the Motor City felt like a homecoming. Baseball is about family and tradition and at 27 years of age, Danielle still feels the same sense of excitement and comfort she did at eight, when sitting down to watch the Blue Jays or Tigers. Sometimes the cup of tea is swapped for a cold beer.

Danielle is a high honours graduate of Sheridan College’s journalism program, with internship experience as a Digital Content Editor at CTV News in Toronto. You can find Danielle’s work on Bless You Boys and CTVNews.ca. Her main accomplishment was working tirelessly as a writer under Media Impact on whatudontsee.com, a class project dedicated to millennial mental health, that won gold at the Canadian Publishing Awards in 2017. When she’s not writing, you can find her keeping up to date with Wolverines college football or testing her hand at the latest video games. Danielle is enthusiastic about writing for the Canadian Baseball Network, and is excited about the prospect of a future, inspiring as a female voice in baseball.

Twitter: @danyaob

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Jim Cowan
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Jim’s earliest recollections of baseball involve trekking to a neighbour’s house in the 1950s to watch the Saturday afternoon “Game of the Week” on a small black-and-white TV, and later, watching sandlot ball at Toronto’s Talbot Park. His interest in the sport was rekindled with the arrival of the Montreal Expos, and was fanned into a blaze when the Toronto Blue Jays were hatched. After university, he started his writing career working for the Toronto Telegram and later, the Toronto Sun, although he eventually transitioned into public relations and government communications. Now retired, he accepts freelance writing assignments when the spirit moves him.

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Lucas Casaletto
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Born in Toronto in 1992. Lucas has been around baseball since he was very young. After playing competitively for High Park, he developed a passion for sports writing, which led to a four-year degree in journalism split between Sheridan College and Ryerson University. He recently worked for theScore as one of their MLB News Editors from July 2016 to May 2018 and has experience in Social Media and Marketing. Now focused on the next step in his career, Lucas is incredibly honored and thrilled to contribute and share his work with the Canadian Baseball Network.

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Tyler King
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Tyler King came to love baseball thanks to his grandmother, who was the most passionate Blue Jays fan he’s ever known. Although the extent of Tyler’s playing career was brief (ending abruptly when he became the first kid to ever strike-out in T-Ball) his devotion to the Blue Jays continues to grow. When he moved to Toronto in 2007 from nearby Stouffville, Ontario, the Skydome/Rogers Centre became his second home. He also works as a research assistant for national best selling author Jacqueline Park (The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi).

Tyler’s inherent love for all things Canada led him to join the Canadian Army Reserves in 2009. He later decided to resume his studies at Ryerson University and began writing after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. His articles outlining the systemic issues of the Canadian legal system have been published internationally, however he always knew that his passion laid elsewhere. After partaking in some serious soul searching Tyler finally found that passion... sitting in a familiar seat in section 108 of the Rogers Centre (Alexander Keiths in hand). The Blue Jays fan column - titled “Section 108” homage to the notoriously rowdy fans who ‘serenade’ the opposing bullpen - will serve as a voice for all those who share Tyler’s unfettered enthusiasm.

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Cole Shelton
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Cole Shelton was born in raised in Keswick, Ont.. From the very beginning, Cole was passionate about sports and took an interest in baseball when his mom took him to the Rogers Centre to watch the Toronto Blue Jays. At just 18, Cole has moved on to writing about a variety of sports and has written for outlets like USA Today SMG, SB Nation and FanSided among others, but wrote about the Blue Jays for SB Nation, Baseball Essential, and FanSided among others. Cole also had the opportunity to interview Logan Warmoth and Nate Pearson following them being drafted, along with other Jays prospects. Cole is now attending Sheridan College for Journalism and can be reached at @coleshelton91

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Tyler Milton
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Tyler Milton was born in Brampton, Ont., in 1995. As a player he played OBA ball for Vaughan and Richmond Hill, participating in the 2008 Canadian Peewee National Championships, and winning an AA Provincial title with Vaughan in 2006, and AAA Provincial title with Richmond Hill in 2009. In high school, Tyler joined the Oakville Royals to play in the Premier Baseball League of Ontario before signing a letter of intent to play at North Lake Junior College in Dallas, Texas.

Currently, Tyler is a Sport Management student at Humber College and completing an internship for Humber Athletics as the beat reporter and play-by-play for Men’s Baseball, and Women’s Softball. In his spare time he works for the Baseball Zone in Mississauga, as well as, plays senior AAA for the Bolton Brewers. Tyler is excited to bring his insight on the OCAA circuit for both the Humber teams he is covering.

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Patrick Allen

Born in Toronto, ON sports have been a constant throughout Patrick’s life.

His aspirations to become a sports writer came in the aftermath of the Toronto Blue Jays 2015 playoff run, when the uniting effect the teams run had on the city inspired him to chase a career brining these compelling storylines to life.

A graduate of Toronto’s York University, Patrick is currently in the sports journalism program at Centennial College where he has covered notable sporting events such as the Toronto Blue Jays spring training in Dunedin, Florida and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

His favorite baseball players of all time are Greg Maddux and Ken Griffey Jr.

You can find Patrick on Twitter @PatrickAllen92

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Michael DiStefano
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Michael grew up in Niagara Falls, Ont., but moved to Toronto to pursue his passion for sports journalism. He was introduced to baseball at a young age, and fell in love with the sport right away. True story, Michael’s mother was pregnant with him during the 1993 World Series and minutes after Joe Carter’s home run the family, baby in the tummy and all, packed into the car and drove to Toronto to celebrate with their fellow fans. Thus, he was quite literally introduced to baseball at an early age. His favourite birthday present every year came from his uncle John who always bought him Blue Jays tickets. Michael started writing at the ripe age of 17 when he decided to blog about his three favourite sports: football, hockey and baseball. Michael once took a trip to Dunedin, Fla. for spring training where he got his first taste of real baseball writing experience. That was the moment he knew he wanted to be a journalist. 

 

You can find Michael on Twitter @mickey_canuck

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Bill Young

Bill was born and raised in Quebec City, and from that moment in 1948 when his dad took him to his first Quebec Braves baseball game at the local Stade Municipal he was hooked. Over the years he followed the sport closely, collecting bubble gum cards and memorizing stats, always keeping an eye on the game. The appearance of the Expos in ’69 became his impossible (baseball) dream. Come true. Following retirement, he began researching and writing about the game, exploring its history, especially within Quebec. His articles can be found in a variety of publications, including SABR, Seamheads, and Quebec Heritage News. He also co-authored two books on the Montreal Expos with Danny Gallagher - Remembering the Montreal Expos (2005) and Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos – how the best team in baseball ended up in Washington ten years later(2014). A retired high school teacher and principal, and former academic administrator in Quebec’s Community College (CEGEP) system, today Bill and his wife Sandra live in Hudson Quebec.

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Amanda Fewer

Born in Ottawa, ON and growing up with military parents, my childhood was filled with new cities all of the time, stretching from one side of Canada to the other. 

I took to sports at a young age, primarily Tae Kwon Do. I loved the competitiveness of it and by age 13 won my first North American and Canadian Championship title.

I moved out West after I was done my schooling, where I obtained a Diploma as an Automotive Technician.  I loved the amazing landscapes Alberta offered me, where I could pursue my passion of photography. 

It wasn't until 2013, when I realized what I really wanted to be taking pictures of, after I travelled to Phoenix to watch Team Canada in the WBC. I was hooked on sports photography, and baseball, right then and there.  I currently live in Calgary, AB and spend my summers shooting the WMBL Okotoks Dawgs.

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Scott Langdon
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Scott is retired and does some freelance writing to keep his mind sharp, with moderate success.

He learned a lot about baseball in west end Toronto when he played for legendary amateur coach, Bob Smyth, known as the mentor of Reds’ star Joey Votto. Smyth taught Scott the intricacies of the sport when, during a Midget game, he strolled half way to home from the third base coach’s box , pointed at the ground and yelled, “Bunt it here.” This might have been the same game when Smyth sent him home for showing up at the park in blue jeans shorts and no shoes. It was the 1960s after all.

Scott’s son, Michael, also played for Smyth with the Etobicoke Rangers. Daughter Katherine didn’t play baseball, but still laughs at the stories.

Scott lives in Toronto sometimes, operated a consulting business for clients across North America, earned a Master’s degree in Communication from Charles Sturt University, Australia and teaches part time at a Toronto university. He thanks Bob Elliott for his patience with punctuation and Bob Smyth for his friendship.

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Dustin Saracini
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Dustin Saracini is a sports reporter in Saskatchewan. He works in television, radio and is a writer with the News and Regional Optimist. Big fan of the Blue Jays and the Jose Bautista bat flip. He is now the voice of the 2016 CBN Podcast. Make sure to tune in.

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Jonathan Hodgson
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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.

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David Matchett

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.

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CJ Pentland
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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 cj.pentland@gmail.com.

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Allan Simpson
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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.

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Danny Gallagher
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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: dannogallagher@rogers.com.

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Dan Haugh
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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 evening before he was born at a ball game watching Dan’s father coach the Dashwood Pee Wees who later that season won the OBA Championship. 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 four years later baseball still remains a major part of Dan’s life although he has scaled back his volunteer involvement.  He had spent several years as a member of the London & District Baseball Association Executive and the Baseball Ontario Board as the LDBA representative. From 2007 to 2015 Dan had 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 , 2013 and 2017 Baseball Ontario Senior Elimination tournaments and the 2011 Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination tournament.   Dan has been the official scorer for the Western Mustangs the past several seasons putting to good use the scoring skills he learned from his mother when he was 10 years-old. This season Dan filled in when necessary on the London Majors live-streaming telecasts on Facebook.

Dan has recently retired as an Independent Broker for World’s Finest Chocolate which he had done since 1984 to spend more time on his business 'Writing For Canadians'

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Dan Estey
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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.

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Andrew Hendriks
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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.

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