By on September 24, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays



The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are proud to recognize the achievements of TIM ROONEY, KEVIN BRIAND, DANE JOHNSON and MATT DALY with awards for excellence in Player Development, Amateur Scouting, Professional Scouting, and Community Service, respectively.

ROONEY has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the AL LAMACCHIA AWARD given annually to the amateur scout that exemplifies the work ethic and perseverance best demonstrated by the longtime Blue Jays executive for whom the award was named. ROONEY joined the organization in 2007 and is currently responsible for scouting Los Angeles, California. The Newton, Massachusetts native and University of Michigan product is responsible for the signing of several players in the Blue Jays system, most notably 2010 Webster Award winner Eric Thames.

BRIAND has been named the Blue Jays 2010 PRO SCOUT OF THE YEAR. The St. Hubert, Quebec native is in his first year as a pro scout after serving as Director, Canadian Scouting since 2004. He covers two organizations as well as reports on many other professional players.  Prior to that, BRIAND was Manager of Amateur Baseball, overseeing many amateur baseball initiatives in Canada which he still does to this day. BRIAND began his scouting career as an associate scout in 1994 and also worked at Baseball Canada as Director, Baseball operations from 1995-1999. 

JOHNSON is being recognized as this year’s recipient of the BOBBY MATTICK AWARD for excellence in Player Development.  The Coral Gables, Florida native has spent the last seven seasons as the organizations Roving Pitching Instructor, playing a key role in the development of many of the Club’s young pitchers, including Shawn Marcum, Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil & Marc Rzepczynski. He began his coaching career with the club in 2000 as the Pitching Coach in Medicine Hat (Rookie) before moving to Auburn (A) and New Haven (AA) prior to settling into his current role in 2004. A former Blue Jay in 1996, the right-hander won six major league games, including his first against the Blue Jays as a member of the White Sox on June 8, 1994.

DALY has been named this year’s winner of the COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD.  This past season Matt was heavily involved in many community service initiatives in Dunedin. Being greatly impacted following two trips to Frontier Elementary School where he read to students, it provided the impetus to become more involved in issues outside of baseball. DALY took a large role in “Fight for the Cure” night, spending four hours early in the morning promoting the event in the fight against cancer. The right-handed pitcher also participated in Education Day, Senior Fun Day, Booster Club dinners, season ticket events, and made a guest appearance at the Community Centre Summer Camps.  His efforts beyond the game were truly appreciated and recognition is well deserved

Categories: Baseball, Sports
Tags: , , , , ,


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.