3 prominent Blue Jays players to visit Vancouver next month

Dec 19 2017, 12:34 am

The Blue Jays are coming, Vancouver.

As part of their Winter Tour, Canada’s Major League Baseball team will be making a stop on the West Coast January 12 and 13. They’ll be visiting some local schools, including Grandview/¿uuqinak’uuh Elementary School, and Ronald McDonald House.

That’s Day 1.

On Day 2, they’ll hold an autograph session (tickets have already been given out through an online lottery) at the Vancouver Convention Centre and run a baseball clinic.

Details were announced on December 4, but without player names. Those names have since been revealed, including some prominent ones.

Aaron Sanchez, he of a 15-2 record as the Blue Jays’ ace in 2016, will return to Vancouver. Sanchez pitched for the Vancouver Canadians as an 18-year-old in 2011.

Also on their way west are pitcher Marco Estrada and first baseman Justin Smoak.

Estrada has pitched for Toronto for the last three seasons, posting a 10-9 record in 33 starts last year.

Smoak is coming off a career-year which saw him start for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game. The former Seattle Mariner had a .270 batting average, .355 on-base percentage, to go with 38 home runs and 90 RBIs.

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