Hrynkiw to be Assistant Catching Coordinator
The Ontario Blue Jays are pleased to announce the addition of Tony Hrynkiw to the OBJ Coaching Staff as the Assistant Catching Coordinator.
During his OBJ career he was apart of two major OBJ Championships, the 2013 AABC Mickey Mantle World Series in McKinney, Texas and the 2015 Perfect Game BCS Championship in Fort Myers, Florida - both event championships were a first for any Canadian team. Tony also hit one of the most historic home runs in OBJ History to help win the 2013 AABC Mickey Mantle World Series all while having caught every inning of every game.
Hrynkiw graduated OBJ in 2016 after accepting a scholarship to Connors State College in Oklahoma. At Connors State, he lead the way behind the plate and in the batters box. Tony hit .409 as a Freshman with 11 Doubles, 6 Home Runs and 60 RBIs. Then continued his success in his Sophomore year hitting .371 with 15 Doubles, 3 Home Runs and 70 RBIs. Upon graduation from Connors State, Tony signed his National Letter of Intent with Old Dominion University (NCAA D1) in Norfolk, Virginia before returning home due to family reasons.
Kyle DeGrace, Ontario Blue Jays Director of Player Development on his newest addition, "Today was easily the best day I've had since returning to OBJ. Tony was one of my favourite players to coach while he played here. He immediately came into our program and brought a hard nose work ethic that was contagious throughout our group of catchers. Tony went on to play for one of my mentors in life '7' (Perry Keith) at Connors State. Both of us have had similar paths in baseball being OBJ and Connors State Alumni. I'm beyond excited to get to work along side not only a former player but someone I consider a lifelong friend. Our players will soon understand what I mean when they get to meet Tony."
Welcome back, Tony!