Van Canadians luncheon table setting

The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club recently announced that the Toronto Blue Jays will be well represented at the upcoming 4th Annual Scotiabank Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Luncheon set for January 24, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar will be joined by five-time All-Star Fred McGriff, President and CEO Paul Beeston, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos, and former Vancouver Canadians outfielder Kevin Pillar, who became the first C’s player to join the Blue Jays MLB roster since the two organizations signed a player development contract back in 2011.

Van Canadians luncheon ballroom view
Roberto Alomar was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 marking the first time a Toronto player would go into Cooperstown wearing a Blue Jays cap. A 12-time All-Star, Alomar grabbed 10 Gold Gloves and slugged his way to four Silver Slugger Awards in his 16-year MLB career. Alomar also helped Toronto to a pair of World Series titles (1992-1993).

Fred McGriff played 18 seasons with six different teams, including the Blue Jays who he broke into the Major Leagues with in 1986. A five-time All-Star, McGriff would go on to help the Atlanta Braves win a World Series title in 1995 over the Cleveland Indians. McGriff finished his career with 493 home runs, three Silver Slugger Awards, and made an All-Star Game MVP in 1994.

Kevin Pillar made his Major League debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, just two years shy of playing with the Vancouver Canadians. A gifted outfielder, Pillar shot through the Blue Jays minor league system after being selected in the 32nd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Paul Beeston is President & CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and former President of Major League Baseball, working alongside Commissioner Bud Selig. Beeston was the first employee of the Toronto Blue Jays organization (1976) and has received the Order of Canada (1998), induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (2002), and can be found among the greats in Toronto baseball history on the Blue Jays Level of Excellence (2008).
Alex Anthopoulos is Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. Anthopoulos was the most active of any MLB executive in 2012, revamping Toronto to include SS Jose Reyes, RHP Mark Buerhle, and 2012 Cy Young winner RHP R.A. Dickey among others.

Mooney donates 50K to Foundation

The Scotiabank Hot Stove Luncheon, now into its fourth year, helps the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation raise both awareness and funding for the many community initiatives taken on by the C’s.
Both a live and a silent auction will take place during the event as well as a special announcement that will have fans around the province buzzing about baseball for years to come.

4th Annual Scotiabank Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Luncheon

Date: January 24, 2014, noon to 2 pm
Venue: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $75 (table of 10, $750); available online, by phoning 604.872.5232, or at the Nat Bailey Stadium Box Office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday)

Over the past three years, the Canadians have given back to the community by helping nearly 1,000 children discover the game of baseball thanks to volunteers, supporters, and The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. Photos courtesy of Vancouver Canadians.

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