SportsStarstruck fans meet the Toronto Blue Jays in Halifax

21:30  12 january  2019
21:30  12 january  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Kevin Pillar on staying with the Toronto Blue Jays: ‘It’s all I ever want to know’

Kevin Pillar on staying with the Toronto Blue Jays: ‘It’s all I ever want to know’ HALIFAX—Kevin Pillar is making it clear: the Toronto Blue Jays are the team he wants to play for in 2019. The veteran centre-fielder spoke to the media in Halifax on Friday morning as the club began a two-day visit to the Nova Scotia capital as part of its winter tour, which hits Toronto next weekend. When asked about the team’s youth movement and his name being mentioned in off-season trade talks, the man nicknamed Superman seemingly brushed off the notion that he’ll be anywhere other than Toronto come April and beyond. “This is all I have ever known,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in the fact that I was drafted and developed by this organization.

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Starstruck fans meet the Toronto Blue Jays in Halifax© Elizabeth McSheffrey / Global News A young Toronto Blue Jays fan meets his major league hero, Kevin Pillar during the Jays' Winter Tour stop in Halifax on Fri. Jan. 11, 2019.

Toronto Blue Jays fans of all ages met some of their favourite players on Friday during an exclusive autograph session at Halifax's historic Pier 21.

The signing was part of the team's 2019 Winter Tour, which aims to bring the players closer to their fans from coast to coast and to give back to the communities where they live.

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Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis, Luke Maile, Danny Jansen and Ryan Borucki inked their names onto hats, gloves, baseballs, bats and more. A crowd of about 500 lined up to see them — each member having won a random lottery in order to purchase their ticket.

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"I came for Kevin Pillar – massive, massive fans but it so great to meet all the others as well," said one fan, who had driven more than four hours from New Brunswick to be there.

"Awesome, really awesome. I'm so happy I could make it here," added another — a Halifax resident and lifelong fan.

Blue Jays telecast host Jamie Campbell also signed autographs and took photos.

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Earlier on Friday, the players made an appearance at the IWK Health Centre, where they visited patients and their families.

On Saturday, the team will meet military members at CFB Halifax, and host two baseball clinics for local players.

Blue Jays sign veteran left-hander Clayton Richard.
The Toronto Blue Jays have added a versatile veteran pitcher in Clayton Richard. The Jays acquired the 35-year-old lefty, who was designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres on Dec. 20, and cash considerations in exchange for Canadian outfielder Connor Panas. Panas spent last season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Toronto designed right-handed reliever Oliver Drake for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for its new pitcher. Richard is the second arm Toronto has added to its roster in recent days, after signing free agent Matt Shoemaker, 32, to a one-year, $3.5 million (U.S.) deal on Friday. Richard is owed $3 million this coming season.

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