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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

1990 St. Catharines Blue Jays

The former Community Park in August 2014, home to the 1990 St. Catharines Blue Jays. (G21D Photo)
Features on each member of the 1990 St. Catharines Blue Jays, the short-season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Players are as included in that year's team set.

Interview (1)
1 - Paul Menhart, That Rabbit
Paul Menhart knew he didn't want to visit Toronto. He waited until he went for real.

St. Catharines Blue Jays (33)
1 - Ciro Ambrosio, Look Ahead
Ciro Ambrosio's pro career lasted just two seasons. His high school coaching career has lasted much longer.
2 - Doug Ault, Battle With
Doug Ault became the first Blue Jays legend. He later took his own life.
3 - Bobby Aylmer, Reliable Closer
Bobby Aylmer was a reliable closer in college. He played just two seasons in the pros.
4 - Darren Balsley, Very Positive
Darren Balsley started his coaching career in the Blue Jays system. He's now the longtime pitching coach for the Padres.
5 - Scott Brow, Called In
Scott Brow made the Diamondbacks in 1998, but didn't know it until manager said it. He played in four major league seasons.
6 - Andy Carlton, Good Day
Andy Carlton had a good day in high school ball. He couldn't translate that to the pros. Played three seasons.
7 - Carlos Delgado, Right Way
Carlos Delgado showed he was ready for the majors. He went on to play in 17 major league seasons. 
8 - Rusty Filter, Good Sense
Rusty Filter had a good sense with his fellow high school pitchers. He's now using that sense to develop top pitchers in college.
0 - Huck Flener, Cut Short
Huck Flener held hopes of returning to the bigs, until a line drive in winter ball destroyed his right eye.
10 - Joe Ganote, First Hit
Joe Ganote made ESPN, just not the way he wanted. He gave up Michael Jordan's first pro hit.
11 - Wally Heckel, Didn't Forget
The Blue Jays didn't forget Wally Heckel, drafting him again. He only played two seasons as pro.
12 - Matt Hudik, Base Stealer
Matt Hudik still holds Ohio University single-season record for stolen bases. Only stole two in the pros.
13 - Jeff Irish, Two Sports
Jeff Irish made his high school's Hall of Fame. Turned pro, had a brief career. Never made AA.
14 - Steve Karsay, Every Emotion
Steve Karsay went through every emotion, then he returned to the majors.
15 - Frank Kowar, Save Record
Frank Kowar set his school's record for saves, then got into just 15 games as a pro.
16 - Sam Mandia, Better Himself
Sam Mandia hoped he could better his pitching in the pros. He didn't get much of a chance, just two seasons.
17 - Dave Marcon, Good Stretch
Dave Marcon played five pro seasons, never made the bigs. He later reunited with former manager for player showcase.
18- Edgar Marquez, Returned To
Edgar Marquez returned to short-season ball in his third season. It was also his last.
19 - Mike McAlpin, Algebra Teacher
Mike McAlpin was an algebra teacher who moonlighted as a coach and as a scout.
20 - Paul Menhart, Ultimate Goal
Paul Menhart came back from elbow surgery to make his major league debut. He's now a coach in Nationals system.
21 - Anton Mobley, Quick Start
Anton Mobley helped single-A Myrtle Beach with a home run in his second pro season. It was also his last pro season.
22 - Rob Montalvo, That Advice
Rob Montalvo got enough advice to make AAA, but not enough to make the bigs.
23 - Robert Perez, Good Contact
Robert Perez made good contact for the Blue Jays. He played in 6 major league seasons.
24 - Juan Querecuto, Extra Innings
Juan Querecuto helped his team in extra innings in 2002. His career went into extras in independent ball.
25 - A.R. Rhea, Getting Back
A.R. Rhea got back to the field where he still holds records. His pro career was brief, just 16 games.
26 - Wilberto Rojas, His Start
Wilberto Rojas started in his native Dominican Republic, later played in Canada. Never played higher than low-A.
27 - Shawn Scott, Extra Time
Shawn Scott knew extra time in school would help. He played 13 seasons as a pro. He's now back in school as a high school coach.
28 - Tom Singer, Job Done
Tom Singer got the job done in college for St. John's. As a pro, he played seven seasons, never made bigs.
29 - Rick Steed, Didn't Have
Rick Steed later recalled season with Somerset Patriots as his most fun. He played 13 seasons as pro, never made bigs.
30 - Mike Taylor, Rain-Shortened
Mike Taylor got rain-shortened win at Medicine Hat in 1991. Career was short, as well, just four seasons.
31 - David Tollison, Core Values
David Tollison has been praised as high school AD. Played 6 seasons as pro, never made bigs.
32 - Matt Watson, To Develop
Matt Watson was more of a power pitcher. His power in the pros was limited, just 16 games.
33 - Jacinto Yorro, Pitching Try
Jacinto Yorro didn't hit well, but he did pitch well in two outings he got. He played just two seasons.

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