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Small acts when multiplied by many can change the world. The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation is set to enter its tenth year of operation and with that, we are nearing our annual Hot Stove Luncheon set for Friday, January 31 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This event has brought together both baseball fans and community leaders who together have helped our foundation make significant changes within our community.
We hope you will join us this year as we look back on ten years of building our community through baseball and changing the lives of children throughout the Lower Mainland.
This year we welcome two very special guests that have ties to the Toronto Blue Jays as both Jesse Barfield and John Schneider headline this year's event. Learn more about these two Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation supporters below.
Individual tickets are just $110.00per while a table of ten (10) is $1,000.00 (a savings of $100). We hope you'll see this as an opportunity to connect with both the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation and the many local business leaders that support our event on a yearly basis who believe that small acts when multiplied by many can truly change the world.
About our Special Guests
He is considered to be among the greatest outfielders in Blue Jays history having played for Toronto for nine seasons including the 1985 season helping clinch the franchise's first-ever American League East pennant.
The perfect balance of power and the plate and award-winning defense, Jesse debuted in the Major Leagues at just 21 years of age (1981) just four years after getting selected in the ninth round of the1977 Major League Baseball Draft. Jesse skipped Triple-A and received his call to the Big Leagues on September 3, 1981, facing the Chicago White Sox out at Comiskey Park. It was a dream come true as not only did Jesse reach the bright lights of the Major Leagues - but his first-ever game was just minutes away from his hometown of Joliet, Illinois.
It didn't take long for Jesse to become a mainstay of the Blue Jays offense as in his first full season he hit 18 home runs and the following season hit 27 for a Toronto team that was starting to round into form. In 1985, Jesse had his second 27 home run season which helped the Blue Jays fend off the rest of the American League East for the first pennant in franchise history.
After Toronto missed out on a trip to the World Series by a lone game, Barfield would come back with a vengeance as he hit a League-leading 40 home runs to claim his first title in that category becoming one of the faces of the franchise. Barfield would go on to hit 179 home runs over his nine-year stint in Toronto before he was traded to the Yankees for Al Leiter.
Barfield finished his MLB-career in 1992 before briefly playing overseas in Japan.
Still a fixture in Toronto, Jesse remains beloved by a loyal Blue Jays fanbase and helps with the Jays Care Foundation on a number of fronts.
Drafted by the Blue Jays in 2002, John Schneider has never played or coached for any other franchise other than Toronto. The kid from Princeton, New Jersey played within the Blue Jays Minor League system as a catcher for six seasons catching some of Toronto's best prospects including Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil.
As his playing days began to wind down the Blue Jays had no intentions of letting John leave the organization as his leadership and ability to communicate were evident early. Within months of his retirement as a player, John was back on the field but this time as a coach within the Blue Jays system. A few years coaching led to his promotion as manager and eventually, that role brought him to Vancouver for the 2011 season as well as 2014 and 2015. With the Canadians in 2011, he would guide them toward Vancouver's first-ever Northwest League Championship on a team that featured Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, and Kevin Pillar.
Schneider would later get promoted to Lansing of the Midwest League and then New Hampshire where he would encounter his first real test as he led Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette onto the field with all three prospects carrying the weight of being among baseball's top prospects. John delivered as within a year, all three broke through to the Major Leagues with the Blue Jays and all credited Schneider with their rapid development.
The Blue Jays front office took notice and shortly after the departure of John Gibbons to retirement, Charlie Montoyo was brought on as the new manager in Toronto adding Schneider to his coaching staff.
Schneider gained notoriety at the 2019 All-Star Game shortly after he was asked by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to throw his rounds during the All-Star Game Home Run Derby. The 20-year old slugger hit 91 home runs on the night - every one thrown from the arm of John Schneider.
Luncheon History (2011 to 2020)
The Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Luncheon has been a staple of the sports philanthropic landscape for the past decade after coming from humble beginnings back in 2011. In its first year, 60 fans stopped by Oakridge Centre for A&W Bacon & Egger's and coffee to hear a 'State of the Union' from president Andy Dunn as he unveiled the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation. A year later and we welcomed the Toronto Blue Jays out to Vancouver for the first time and from there have never looked back as we now host our event and the prestigious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with sellout crowds of 600 guests and keynote speakers that are among the best in all of baseball.
Here's a brief look back at how the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation Hot Stove Luncheon went from a little breakfast pop-up out at Oakridge Centre to a fundraiser that has welcomed more than 25 former Toronto Blue Jays, countless dignitaries and a number of unforgettable moments.