Another successful OBJ Spring Training is in the books.
On March 10th, the Ontario Blue Jays headed south to Florida for their annual OBJ Spring Training trip. The Jays took over Historic Dodgertown (Vero Beach, FL) for just over a week to mark the begin the 2017 Season. As always, the teams opened with practices followed by a week of games against various local teams, high school programs, and colleges. In addition to games and practices, the Ontario Blue Jays held their second OBJ Pro Day of the year drawing scouts from several MLB teams as well as many colleges and universities.
Traditionally, the Ontario Blue Jays invite a Guest Coach to join the program for the week in Dodgertown. This year saw Corey Eckstein join the Ontario Blue Jays for the week to work with the various teams and players.
Eckstein is currently the Head Coach and General Manager of the Abbotsford Cardinals Baseball Club in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Eckstein was also on the Canadian Junior National Team coaching staff from 2008 to 2013 in various capacities including Guest Coach, 1st Base Coach and 3rd Base Coach. While with Team Canada, he took home two silver medals, one from the IBAF World Qualifier in Cartagena, Columbia and the other during the IBAF World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to coaching, Eckstein has been an Area Scout for the Kansas City Royals since 2013, including their 2015 World Series Championship. Eckstein offered the following comments after spending the week with OBJ:
“First and foremost I just want to thank Sean (Travers) and his coaching staff for asking me to be a part of their organization for the week down in Vero.
As an outsider from BC looking in, I obviously understood the track record of success and all the other bells and whistles that come with being an OBJ. What was more impressive to me throughout my experience was their approach to each individuals needs as far as player development was concerned. There was no cookie cutter approach which I appreciated. Each player I spoke with had a pretty good understanding as far what they needed to do in order to be successful.
The set up and environment was nothing short of a big league atmosphere. I hope the players understand how fortunate they are to have what they have at their disposal.”
The Ontario Blue Jays compiled a 27-9-3 record as an organization over the course of the week. Highlighted by both of the 16 & Under teams finishing the week with 10-1 records. To see the full week of results, please check out our Schedules section to select an OBJ team.
Next up for OBJ, the beginning of the CPBL season which is set to kickoff on May 5th, 6th and 7th.