Blue Jays news and notes from the morning of October 25th, 2018, including notes on John Gibbons and the Vancouver Canadians.
Sportsnet 650 Acquires Rights to Broadcast Canadians
According to a release by Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650 has acquired “exclusive radio rights” to the Vancouver Canadians, the Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The release notes that Sportsnet will carry home games and “select” road games in 2019.
The Canadians, who play at Nat Bailey Stadium, have been an affiliate of the Blue Jays since 2011.
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Gibby Would Like to Manage Again
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, John Gibbons would “love to manage again”. Morosi, who appeared on MLB Network Radio on October 21, noted that Gibby acknowledged that managerial positions are “hard to come by”.
Gibbons hasn’t been mentioned in the rumoured managerial searches of any of the major league teams currently looking to fill their skipper positions ahead of the 2019 baseball season.
Blue Jays Sign RHP Joneivy Polonia
Per the MLB transactions page, the Blue Jays have signed 16-year-old right-handed pitcher Joneivy Polonia to a minor-league contract. The native of the Dominican Republic has no prior professional experience.
The value of the contract has not yet been disclosed, according to Sportrac’s international signing tracker. Polonia is one of the many youngsters signed by the Jays on the international market in recent months.
Rockies Expect Oh to Return
While there was some speculation that veteran reliever Seunghwan Oh would return to his native Korea to finish off his career, the Colorado Rockies, his current team, are not concerned about him leaving.
According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the Rockies expect Oh to remain with the team through the rest of his contract, which includes a recently vested option for the 2019 season.