Majors land on Bob Elliott's list
In the past week, the Canadian Baseball Network revealed Bob Elliott's annual Top 100 (this year was 112) Most Influential Canadians in Baseball. This list includes Canadians from all different avenues in baseball from players to reporters to staff. The Majors are lucky enough to have 2 current members of the organization and even some former players on the honourable mentions portion of the list.
To start off Majors Field Manager Roop Chanderdat was named for the second year in a row. The former Majors outfield and now Co-Owner and General Manager has been instrumental in keeping the tradition of baseball continuing at Labatt Park and in London since owning the team with fellow owner Scott Dart since 2004.
In 2019 Jon Fitzsimmons was the most dominant arm the Majors had has now taken his skills he has learned as a member of the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels organizations and works with members of the Great Lakes Canadians organization as the Pitching Coordinator.
The newest member of the Majors broadcast crew Jackson Farough who is a London native while attending Ryerson University (Toronto, Ont.) Joining the Majors before the season was cancelled, Farough was the in-game host during the Legacy Classic on Rogers. He also is now the IBL on Deck host that can be seen online.
The highest-ranked Major on the list was 1985 pitcher Fergie Jenkins. Jenkins was ranked 10th on the list. Jenkins not only is one of the most recognizable players to play in the IBL but also in the Majors uniform after his 19 year MLB career.
Other members of the Honorable Mentions list include Former Catcher Larry Balkwill - hitting/catching instructor for Great Lakes Canadians (Major in 2013,14 19 ), Former Pitcher Chris Boatto - Ontario Terriers 16U Pitching Coach (Major in 2017 ), Former catcher Sean Refflinghaus - catching/Hitting instructor for Great Lakes Canadians (Major in 2014-16), Mitch Lumley - assistant coach for the London Badger 14U team (Major in 2015 ), Mike Lumley - Western Mustangs Manager (Major in - 1985, 88, 94,95, 99,00,03, Brad McElroy - Manager Great Lakes Canadians 14U Red team (Major in - 2005-06 )