This morning the Vancouver Canadians were officially purchased by Roy Halladay and the sale was announced at 10 AM PST. The 2 time Cy Young winner of the now defunct MLB, purchased the Vancouver Canadians from Derek Little, the man who brought the team to Vancouver originally. “I’m really happy to be a part of Canadian baseball again. My years playing for the BlueJays were some of the best memories of my life. When I heard that the team was available, I did everything I could do get ahold of Derek and work out a deal with him.” Halladay said at the press conference. Not much is known why Derek Little sold the team but sources close to him have mentioned that he wants to retire from business ventures and enjoy time with his family. GM Courcelles said at the conference “I am really thankful for the amazing 3 years that Derek gave us. I am star struck that my baseball hero Roy Halladay is now owner of the Canadians.”
Roy stated that he would not change anything about the organization because they already have an excellent system in place and the fan base is one of the most dedicated in the CBL. The Canadians budget will remain the same. It is actually the highest in the CBL, even though payroll is around middle of the league. Roy likes that the organization spends a lot on scouting and player development and wants to continue that philosophy. “Growing your own players are a good way to become a good team with a solid base.” Roy Halladay Jr., Roy’s son, is actually in the Canadians system. It’ll be interesting to see if any Halladay jerseys will be worn by fans during games this season, since Halladay was an icon for the entire country when he was with the BlueJays and influenced many young Canadians to grab a glove and play baseball.