2021 Blue Jays: Tommy Milone Signed, New Facility Grand Opening

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The 2021 Blue Jays have a lot going on
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: Tommy Milone #53 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the pitch in the first inning of game one of an MLB doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Truist Park on September 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

The buzz is everywhere surrounding the 2021 Blue Jays who have created a ton of excitement among the players, staff, and fans as they prepare for the upcoming MLB season. Toronto Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro along with the team’s general manager Ross Atkins are still on the hunt for players, and they continue to add depth as they have signed a left-handed pitcher.

2021 Blue Jays: Tommy Milone

The newest signing by the Blue Jays is left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, who signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Tommy Milone, now 34-years old split the 2020 season with the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves. The left-hander finished the year with a 6.99 ERA and a record of 1-4 in nine starts, he pitched a total of 39 innings. In 10 seasons, Milone has played for eight different teams and will now join the Toronto Blue Jays.

2021 Blue Jays: Player Development Complex Grand Opening

The Toronto Blue Jays have officially unveiled their new 65-acre player development complex.

A state of the art facility that includes six fields, three minor league locker rooms, a major league locker room with 72 lockers, a 22,000 square foot weight room, two training rooms, pool and saunas, offices and conference rooms, dining room suited for an entire team, barbershop, and all the finishing touches you can imagine.

The Blue Jays new player development complex is 10 minutes away from TD Bank Park, home of the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training and home to the Dunedin Blue Jays. Toronto has signed a new 25-year lease that will keep the team in Dunedin for the foreseeable future.

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Toronto looks to return to the postseason and hopefully to the World Series in the near future, and the new player development complex is one step in the right direction to ensuring this becomes a reality. The Blue Jays have also renovated TD Bank Park which now includes enough seating for 8,500 people, previous capacity was 5,500.

The upgrades also include a boardwalk that wraps around the park, new bars that have been added down the thirdbase line as well as on the new boardwalk in right field, a large group section was added in the right field corner, which will give a ground level view from the outfield, a kids zone in the concourse along the left field side.

The Toronto Blue Jays are the only organization to remain in one spot for spring training since the team joined MLB. The Blue Jays opened spring training in Dunedin, Florida in 1977 and have returned each year since. The team has invested heavily in Dunedin for many years and they continue to invest in the teams bright future with hopes of becoming a perennial powerhouse in MLB for years to come.

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