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Tryouts for the 2018 Season are now posted

posted Mar 8, 2016, 5:37 PM by West Toronto Baseball   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 6:00 PM ]

Tryouts for the 2018 Season, are as follows,  contact the respective coaches for more information:

Midget (18U): Contact - Naeem Siddiq - nsiddiq@principals.ca
  • Fri. August 25, 7:00pm at Keelesdale Park

Midget (17U): Contact - David Quattrociochi - d-quattro@hotmail.com 
  • Tues. August 22, 8:00pm at Keelesdale Park
  • Wed. August 23, 8:00pm at Keelesdale Park

Minor Midget (16U): Contact - Naeem Siddiq - nsiddiq@principals.ca 
  • Tues. August 22, 6:00pm at Keelesdale Park
  • Wed. August 23, 6:00pm at Keelesdale Park

Bantam (15U): Contact - Peter Zak - coachzak13@gmail.com 
  • Wed. August 23, 8:00pm at High Park
  • Sat. August 26, 10:00am at Keelesdale Park
  • Mon. August 28, 7:00pm at Keelesdale Park

Minor Bantam (14U) Contact - Dave Smyth - davewsmyth@yahoo.ca 
  • Wed. September 6, 6:00pm at High Park
  • Fri. September 8, 8:00pm at High Park
  • Sun. September 10, 1:30pm at High Park

PeeWee Major (13U) Contact - John MacLaughlin - john_maclaughlin1@hotmail.com
   - Trevor Cartlidge - trevorcartlidge@rogers.com 
  • Wed. September 6, 8:00pm at High Park
  • Fri. September 8, 6:00pm at High Park
  • Sun. September 10, 3:30pm at High Park

2015 WT Alumni & Former Players Sign Letter of Intent

posted Sep 11, 2015, 11:11 AM by West Toronto Baseball   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

 OF, Dennis Dei Baning, Erie Community College (NY)

 RHP, Jackson Jones, Texas A&M University (TX)

Midgets (18U) Wins Silver in 2015 Eliminations

posted Aug 2, 2015, 6:42 PM by West Toronto Baseball   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 10:51 AM ]

The Midget (18U) team wins Silver against the London Badgers, the Gold winners. Both teams played 7 games in 56 hours. Congratulations to both teams for reaching the Championship game (out of 18 teams).
The West Toronto Midget teams has reached the Championship game 2 times in the last 3 years.

"An illustrated history of baseball in Toronto" Article by Adam Bunch from Spacing.ca

posted Apr 16, 2015, 11:33 AM by West Toronto Baseball

Read Adam Bunch's article at Spacing.ca. This exceptional journey captures the unique and vast history of Baseball in Toronto. 

Link here: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/04/14/illustrated-history-baseball-toronto/

About Spacing.ca

Spacing, the magazine, was launched in the fall of 2003 by a group of young journalists and public space advocates who felt that Toronto need a publication that would bring together a number of key urban issues that were not being discussed by the local media. Topics like public transit, urban design, public art, community planning, and sustainable development were brought together under one umbrella to create a forum for residents and the urban curious to discuss these pressing topics

Hanlan’s Point Stadium, 1897 (via “Baseball’s back in town” by Louis Cauz)

The Blue Jays Baseball Academy Invests in You!

posted Feb 25, 2015, 2:38 PM by West Toronto Baseball   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 11:39 AM ]

In a press release this morning, the Jays Care Foundation announced its continued extension in partnership with Kidsports, helping provide the means for 500 children and youth across the nation to participate in Baseball Programs again this year.

The Jays Care Foundation will again, as it has done in past years, invest $100,000 in to the program. Last year, this investment led to a substantial 25% increase in Kidsport Baseball grants. 

This investment by the Jays Care Foundation and the work by Kidsport is a definite homerun!

This is an amazing initiative that creates an immediate positive impact in our communities. Thank you to both Jays Care Foundation and Kidsport. Keep up the great work!

For further information on this, please click on the following link: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/community/kidsport.jsp

Jays Care Foundation Website: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/community/

Kidsport Website: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca

Ontario Baseball (OBA) and Select Ontario Baseball (SOBA) Leagues Merge

posted Feb 25, 2015, 12:40 PM by West Toronto Baseball

Article via: Canadian Baseball Network (http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/)

In a media release posted February 23rd, 2015 the Ontario Baseball Association and the Select Ontario Baseball Association have successfully completed a merger of the two associations. Moving forward, all branding will continue under the name Ontario Baseball Association (OBA). 

What does this mean for teams and players in both leagues? In an article written by the Canadian Baseball Network (http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/baseball-ontario-merges-soba/) all the changes are positive and help continue to promote baseball at a community, Provincial and National level. 

Both Presidents offered comments on the merger:

"It is an exciting step forward in brining all of baseball in the province under the same umbrella" - David Huctwith, President of Baseball Ontario.

"We feel strongly that becoming one organization will help avheive the strategic goals of growing the game of baseball in Ontario" - David Black, President of Select Ontario Baseball.

MLB publishes 'Pitch Smart'

posted Jan 16, 2015, 10:43 AM by West Toronto Baseball   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

MLB publishes 'Pitch Smart' - Guidelines to help avoid arm injuries in youth pitchers
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On Tuesday, Major League Baseball published an initiative to help reduce youth pitching arm injuries. The title is appropriately called 'Pitch Smart' and is geared towards Coaches, Players and Parents providing detailed information and guidelines that should significantly reduce the amount of arm injuries to pitchers in baseball leagues across the globe, if they are followed that is.

This initiative was lead by the renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews with support from a impressive advisory committee that includes other top tiered orthopedic surgeons as well as a lengthy list of MLB team physicians. 

Here are some quick (and shocking) stats that can be found on the 'Pitch Smart' website. They focus on youth pitchers:

  • 43.5% of pitched on consecutive days
  • 19% pitched in multiple games on the same day
  • 13.2% pitched competitive baseball for more than 8 months per year

West Toronto encourages all readers to read through the 'Pitch Smart' article and view the videos and resources available. 

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