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Wed, Feb 12th - 4:47AM

New Manager for 2014

John Schneider will be the Vancouver Canadians manager for the 2014 season. He was a Toronto Blue Jays minor-league catcher who retired at age 27 after suffering three concussions from foul balls in the 2007 baseball season. Schneider previously managed the C's for the first part of the 2011 campaign before taking a personal leave.

He succeeds Clayton McCullough who was in the dugout for the 2012 and 2013 championship seasons. McCullough was named coordinator of instruction for the parent Toronto Blue Jays.

Dave Pano returns for a fourth season as C's hitting coach while Jeff Ware takes over as pitching coach from Jim Czajkowski.
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Wed, Apr 17th - 5:45AM

Marcus Stroman

22-year-old right-hander Marcus Stroman was born in Valencia, Venezuela. The Toronto Blue Jays first-round pick, 22nd overall, signed for $1.8 million. He took to the mound for the first time as a professional baseball player Thursday, July 12, 2012 with the Vancouver Canadians.

Last season with Canadians, Stroman had a 3.18 earned run average in seven appearances, all out of the bullpen. He gave gave up four earned runs in 11 and one third innings, but they came in his first inning and one third. Over his final 10 innings, he allowed just three hits, while striking out 13 and walking a mere one.

After he was promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats a drug test he took while with Vancouver revealed the stimulant methylhexaneamine. He was suspended 50 games and can return to the Fisher Cats May 17.
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Wed, Apr 3rd - 4:35AM

Roberto Osuna

Blue Jays prospect Roberto Osuna helped Vancouver's championship run last season starting 5 games. Now 18-years-old, he'll start this season pitching for the Jays class A affiliate the Lansing Lugnuts.

Osuna was born in Juan Jose Rios, Mexico. On Aug. 3, 2011, the Toronto Blue Jays signed the 16-year-old right-hander for $1.5 million as a non-drafted free agent.

Osuna has a fastball in the mid-90s and ranks him No. 2 among Blue Jays prospects entering the 2013 season.
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Fri, Mar 22nd - 10:15AM

2013 Northwest League Divisional Realignment

For the 2013 season, the Northwest League will be divided into North and South divisions as opposed to East and West. The change was necessitated when the Yakima, Washington franchise relocated to Hillsboro, Oregon.

The South Division features Hillsboro, Salem-Keizer, Eugene and Boise, while the North includes Vancouver, Spokane, Tri-City and Everett. Teams will play 12 games against each divisional foes and 10 vs. those in the other division.

The new Hillsboro baseball stadium opening in 2013 will have capacity of 4500.
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Wed, Mar 13th - 4:25AM

2013 Coaching Staff
In January, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that manager Clayton McCullough, pitching coach Jim Czajkowski and hitting coach Dave Pano will return as the Vancouver Canadians coaching staff for the 2013 season.

Last season was Clayton McCullough's first season as the C's manager. He was named the Northwest League Manager of the Year in 2012 as he led the Canadians to a 46-30 regular season record and a NWL Championship. For Dave Pano and Jim Czajkowski, this marks their third straight season with Vancouver.

The Vancouver Canadians will have a new trainer for the upcoming season as Reggie Mungrue replaces Drew McDonald whom the Blue Jays promoted to Class-A Lansing after a successful tenure with the C's in 2012.
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