In the 2003 MLB Draft, David Aardsma was selected in the 1st round, 22nd overall, and went on to play 15 years of professional baseball, including parts of 9 seasons in the major leagues. In 2009, Aardsma picked up 38 saves with the Seattle Mariniers and followed it up with 31 saves in 2010. Aardsma is currently serving as the Toronto Blue Jays coordinator of player development, which focuses on the development of Blue Jays minor league pitchers.
Born in East York, Ont., Rob Butler, played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1993, Butler won a World Series with the Blue Jays, making him the only Canadian to win a Championship with the club. He now dedicates his time to training and developing baseball players of all ages and talent levels with the Butler Baseball Academy, and additionally, helps coach the Canadian Junior National Team.
Cito Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, and again from 2008 to 2010. He led the team to four American League East division titles, two American League pennants, and back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. As a Major League player, Gaston played the outfield from 1967 to 1978 and was named a National League All-Star in 1970.
Corey Hart began his baseball career with eight seasons as a player in the Minor Leagues, which upon completion, quickly transitioned into a 13-year coaching career. He joined the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 2006 and has since also spent time with the Miami Marlins. In 2016, Hart joined the Blue Jays organization as the hitting coach for the Single A-Dunedin club. He was appointed as the Buffalo Bisons' new hitting coach in 2018.
Dave Hudgens has an exceptional coaching background, including a wealth of experience and the ability to combine his baseball knowledge with a forward-thinking approach. In November of 2018, Hudgens was named the Toronto Blue Jays bench coach. Hudgens spent the last four seasons with the Houston Astros as the team's hitting coach, where he won a World Series Championship in 2017. Prior to that, he served as hitting coach for the New York Mets (2011 to 2014) and the Oakland Athletics (1999, 2003 to 2005).
Over an 18-year career, Jack Morris combined for 3,824 innings pitched and 254 wins, good for 50th and tied for 43rd respectively, in Major League Baseball history. A five-time All-Star, Morris won four World Series Championships, including in 1992 and 1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Since retiring, Morris has worked as a broadcast colour analyst for the Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins, and in 2018, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Pete Orr played 16 years of professional baseball including stops with the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and Philadelphia Phillies. He represented Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was part of Team Canada in three editions of the World Baseball Classic. At the 2015 Pan American Games, Orr scored the winning run in extra innings to give Canada the gold medal over the U.S.A. Orr was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2017 and now helps coach the Canadian Junior National Team.
Chris Robinson played nine years of professional baseball, notably sending his first career hit over the wall for a home run in his Major League debut for the San Diego Padres in 2013. Robinson represented Canada in three Baseball World Cups, including the 2009 and 2011 bronze medal teams. He made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing and later went on to capture gold for Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games. After his professional playing career, Robinson became the Director of Baseball Operations for the Great Lake Canadians Program and has also played a significant role as an instructor for the Canadian Junior National Team.
John Schneider is coming off a 2018 season as Manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, leading the club to an Eastern League title. Schneider was a catcher in the Blue Jays system from 2002 to 2007 and in 2008, transitioned off the field to become the GCL Blue Jays hitting coach. Schneider has a combined nine years of managerial experience with the Vancouver Canadians, Lansing Lugnuts, and Dunedin Blue Jays. In 2018, Schneider was named to the big league staff as a Major League Coach. In this role, he will assist with various aspects of coaching with emphasis on the development of catchers.
A long-time MLB executive with a background in and passion for player development, Mark joined the Blue Jays in 2015 as President and CEO. Mark oversees all aspects of the Blue Jays, including both business and baseball operations. Before joining the Blue Jays, Mark was named Executive of the Year by Sporting News in 2005 and 2007, which included an American League Central Division Championship in 2007 with the Cleveland Indians.
Windsor, Ont., native Joe Siddall is a former professional baseball catcher for the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, and Detroit Tigers. In 2014, Siddall was hired by Sportsnet as a radio analyst for Blue Jays broadcasts alongside Jerry Howarth and Mike Wilner. After four years in the radio booth, Siddall moved to television broadcasting where he now works as a studio analyst on Sportsnet's Blue Jays Central.
Jeff Ware was selected in the first round by the Blue Jays in 1991 and played parts of two seasons with the organization. Following his playing career, Ware joined the Blue Jays in 2014 as pitching coach for the Vancouver Canadians and later became pitching coach for the Lansing Lugnuts from 2015 to 2016. In 2017, Ware became the pitching coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays where he is now responsible for leading the development of all Blue Jays minor league pitchers.