As another snowstorm hits the area, the OBJ Family is looking forward to hitting the road next Friday for Spring Training! Every March Break the Ontario Blue Jays travel to Vero Beach, Florida to the Historic Dodgertown Complex to compete against various colleges, high schools and academies.
Historic Dodgertown boasts Holman Stadium along with 4 other full-sized baseball field and a half field utilized for practices. In addition to the fields, Dodgertown hosts the entire OBJ Program in their on campus villas (hotel rooms), providing three meals a day at their cafeteria. Lastly, the Ontario Blue Jays utilize the Major League Locker Room which features full training room, weight room, lunch space and separate locker rooms for players and coaches that sits next to Holman Stadium.
Spring Training this March will hold a very familiar schedule in terms of games and dates but some new changes to opponents for the upper level teams. As always, the week centers around OBJ Scout Day on Monday, March 11th at Holman Stadium where professional and collegiate scouts converge on Vero Beach for a doubleheader between OBJ and Academie du Baseball Canada that kicks of at 1:00pm. Other opponents for the week included: IMG Academy, Florida Southern College, Eastern Florida State College, Eastern Gateway Community College and the Fort Lauderdale Stars (Professional Free Agents).
This years teams will be lead by a lot of familiar faces but some new ones as well. OBJ is happy to welcome Guest Instructor Corey Eckstein for his third Spring Training. Eckstein runs Fraser Valley Baseball Club in Abbotsford, BC and is Area Scout for the Kansas City Royals. Lastly, OBJ welcomes Darren Shred who most recently played in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Below are the full OBJ Coaching Staffs for OBJ Spring Training:
OBJ Senior: Head Coach – Joe Ellison, Pitching Coach – Mike Steed, Hitting Coach – Eddie Largy and Assistant Coach – Lawrence Collymore.
OBJ Junior: Head Coach – Mike Siena, Pitching Coach – Darren Shred, Assistant Coach – Damon Topolie and Guest Instructor – Corey Eckstein.
OBJ Sophomore: Head Coach – Sean Travers, Assistant Coaches – Pat Visca and Richard Clemons.
OBJ Freshman: Head Coach – Francis Cubos, Pitching Coach – Mark Kinal, Assistant Coaches – Sean Bignall, and Chris Walters
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