Duane Larson wanted to play an aggressive style of baseball.
Heading into the 1982 Pioneer League season, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays coach had high expectations.
His team, featuring a trio of future Toronto stars, delivered in a big way, winning the team’s only championship title.
Read More Bluebirds of a Feather
Jimmy Key put up some fantastic numbers in his short visit with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1982.
A 2-1 record with a 2.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31+ innings of work earned the young lefthander a promotion.
However, the move didn’t sit well with everyone, even if the team went on to win the Pioneer League championship.
Read More Key to the Game
When you talk about baseball in Medicine Hat, the memories of having the Toronto Blue Jays’ Pioneer League affiliate obviously come to mind. The likes of Lloyd Moseby, Jimmy Key, Pat Borders, David Wells, Chris Carpenter and a host of other future MLBers is more than enough for locals to wax poetic about the “good ol’ days.”
Yet, the Blue Jays weren’t the first big league ball club to start sending youngsters to The Gas City.
Read More A’s for Effort