That’s him on the left.
Well, they had the Tim part right, it seems, but it’s not the much-rumoured Tim Raines who we’ll see patrolling the first base coach’s box at Rogers Centre next year, but former Ottawa Lynx manager Tim Leiper.
The Toronto Blue Jays will name Tim Leiper their first base coach next week, rounding out the coaching staff under manager John Gibbons, multiple sources told sportsnet.ca.
The 47-year-old gets promoted from within after serving as a senior advisor, player development for the club last season.
Shi adds that the club is still considering whether to add an extra coach for this season.
Interesting here is the fact that they’ve got a guy from the player development side of things on the big league staff– the kind of voice that it was hoped John Farrell was going to be able to bring while he was here. Not really sure if it means anything though.
Hey and get your maple dicks unfurled– if they already weren’t thanks to the picture above– because here’s what what Wikipedia tells us:
Previously an offseason resident of Ottawa, Leiper has also been a coach on the 2004 Canadian Olympic team, and Canada’s 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic squads. He was also a part of the Baseball Canada Staff that won bronze medals at both the 2008 and 2011 Baseball World Cups and the Gold Medal in the 2011 Pan-American Games
And from his bio on BlueJays.com:
Tim played 12 years professionally where he was predominately used as an outfielder. Tim has coached and managed at almost all levels of the minor leagues. He has been a member of Baseball Canada’s Senior National team coaching staffs at both the World Baseball Classic and the Olympics. Tim is a players’ manager who brings a ton of passion and excitement to the game. Tim was recently hired by the Blue Jays as a Special Assistant to Player Development.
Yeah! Tim Leiper! Straight from the Ernie Whitt school of coaching hires, I guess. Which isn’t at all to scoff at his his credentials. It’s just, rich, sweet, maple-y goodness.
Anyway… I don’t know. Seems alright, eh?
So… there’s that.