Hill, Lehman Wilson in Ontario Blue Jays HOF

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Shawn Hill speaks with catcher Jose Molina on the pitcher's mound during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis

 * RHP Shawn Hill, shown in a mound conference with catcher Jose Molina, will be inducted in the Ontario Blue Jays hall of fame along with RHP Jamie Lehman, currently the director of Canadian scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays and Gary Wilson, former Ontario Blue Jays coach.


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The Ontario Blue Jays will welcome a new class into their Hall of Fame at their annual gala and Hall of Fame induction dinner.

The banquet takes place Jan. 17 at Fontana La Primavera Hospitality and Convention Centre (77 Woodstream Boulevard, two streets east of Martingrove running south off of Highway #7) in Woodbridge a 6:30.

The keynote speakers are Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar and HOF candidate Jack Morris.

Entering the Ontario Blue Jays Hall of Fame will be RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.), RHP Jamie Lehman (Brampton, Ont.) and Gary Wilson (Stoney Creek, Ont.) the original coach when the organization started play dominating Michigan competition in Connie Mack play in 1996.

_ Hill played for the Ontario Blue Jays from 1998-99 for Wilson and coach Bob Smythe. Hill was drafted in the sixth round by the Montreal Expos in 2000 by Alex Agostino as the second Canadian over all. He went on to make his major League debut with the Expos in 2004.

Hill pitched in the big leagues for seven seasons and in addition to the Expos pitched for the Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays.

He represented our country multiple times most notably winning a gold medal for Canada at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Mexico. Hill also competed for Team Canada at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Pitching 180 games in the minors — 174 starts — Hill started out with the Rookie-class Gulf Coast Expos and Rookie-Class Gulf Coast Jays, class-A Vermont, Clinton, Brevard County, Potomac, Dunedin, double-A Harrisburg and New Hampshire, triple-A New Orleans, Columbus, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Buffalo and Toledo where he pitched in 2014, as well as independent league ball with York.

_ Lehman played for the Ontario Blue Jays from 2002-03 for Head Coach Dan Bleiwas. Drafted by the Expos and Agostino in the 29th round of the 2000 drafted he pitched in the jamie lehman Expos, Nationals organization for and the Toronto Blue Jays during for six seasons. Lehman began with the Rookie-Class Expos, pitched at class-A Vermont, Savannah, Hagerstown, Auburn and Potomac.

After that season Lehman made the transition to his new role as an area scout for the Blue Jays covering Canada plus part of the Northeastern United States. He currently continues in that role and notably drafted and signed Toronto Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) in the 16th round of the 2010 draft.

_ Wilson was the first coach of the Ontario Blue Jays having lead the organization from 1996-99. His vision was in large-part responsible for what the organization developed into. After a successful business career, Gary continued the success on the field with the Ontario Blue Jays having lead the team to both the 1996 and 1997 Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M.. gart wilsonWilson coached future major leaguers Pete Orr, Scott Thorman, Adam Stern and Hill during his time with the Ontario Blue Jays.

Aomar was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. after playing with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Alomar is a special assistant to Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston.

The second baseman retired with a .300 career average, recording 2,724 hits and stealing 74 bases. He’s was a 12-time all-star, a 10 time gold glove winner and was part of the 1992-93 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays including American League Championship Series MVP in 1992.

morrisMorris pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, winning 254 games in his career.

He led AL in wins in 1984 and 1982 and strikeouts in 1983, was a five-time all-star winning four World Series titles: with the 1984 Tigers; the 1991 Twins as he earned World Series MVP, as well as 1992-93 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays.

After working in the booth with Jerry Howarth for a season, Morris is now a broadcasting with his home town Twins

Ontario Blue Jays awards will be presented to the Most Valuable Player in Organization, Top Coach, Volunteer of the Year, Top Pro, Top Collegian and the award for Perseverance and Work Ethic

Tickets are $150 each, half tables of five guests are $625 and tables of 10 guests are $1,100

Entertainment will be provided by “That Band.”

Scott Harrigan
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