The Toronto Blue Jays have spent a considerable amount of time building their identity as Canada’s team. From nationwide tours to the Jays Care Foundation, the Blue Jays have spread their wings to all corners of The Great White North, fostering their relationship with the country as a whole.
Part of that mission has included bringing all aspects of the team closer to Canada. Earlier this winter, the team agreed to move their Triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas to Buffalo, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Toronto. And on Friday, they reached a deal to extend their relationship with the Vancouver Canadians through the 2016 season.
The team announced the move through an official press release.
“The Vancouver Canadians have been the champions on and off the field during our first two seasons as partners of this great organization,” Blue Jays director of Minor League operations Charlie Wilson said. “We are proud to have Canada’s only Minor League baseball club as our partners.”
The Blue Jays have played short-season, Single-A baseball in Vancouver since the 2011 season. Currently, top prospects Roberto Osuna, Dwight Smith Jr., Daniel Norris, Christian Lopes, Santiago Nessy, and D.J. Davis all appear on the Vancouver roster.