Blue Jays who have played in the Little League World Series
The road to Williamsport is under way as teams are participating in their respective regional qualifiers for the right to participate in the Little League World Series from August 17th through to August 27th in Pennsylvania.
The LLWS is one of the most renowned and respected baseball tourneys in the world for players aged 11-13 as numerous current and former major league players have participated in the tournament.
The regionals between Georgia and South Carolina were home to a 375-foot monster grand slam off the bat of Georgia’s Jayce Blalock. The youngster demolished the baseball over the trees and undoubtedly made scouts drool with his major league power.
So what Toronto Blue Jays players have participated in the Little League World Series?
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis not only played in the tourney in 2003 but his Boynton Beach, Florida team made it all the way to the championship game. Unfortunately for Travis and company, his squad lost the finals 10-1 versus Team Japan, however, both teams celebrated on the field together in true Little League spirit.
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Michael Saunders represented the Blue Jays at the All-Star game last season but the British Columbia native also wore the red and white as Canada’s lone representative for the 1999 LLWS. Saunders played for the Gordon Head Little League team that traveled to Williamsport for the experience.
Adam Loewen is another Canuck who played for the Jays minor league affiliate from 2009 to 2011. Loewen participated in the Little League World Series in 1996 as a pitcher for the Kennedy Little League Team representing Surrey, British Columbia.
Last but definitely least is former Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus who went to the finals in 1999 as a member of the Phenix City, Alabama Little League Team. Like Travis, the Phenix City team were unable to beat Team Japan losing in the final 5-0.
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From Travis to Rasmus and everyone in between, these kids have big talent and even bigger dreams as they seek the Little League World Series crown.