Found December 12, 2011 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Current MLB big league ball player Brett Lawrie from Langley, British Columbia. Danny Ferguson points out Lawrie was drafted as a catcher, but played regularly at second, third and left field as well. For the Toronto Blue Jays the high profile Canadian prospect in the franchise makes sense on many levels.

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Once upon a time, the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series (92 & 93) and led MLB in player payroll (93 & 95) and attendance (89-93). Since the introduction of the expanded playoffs in 94, they are one of only 4 franchises (the others are the Royals, Pirates and Nationals) to not qualify for the postseason. What the hell happened? The decline in the on and off...

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Farewell Benny Fran

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