The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are proud to recognize the achievements of RYAN FOX, DAVID MAY, MIKE MORDECAI and KEVIN NOLAN with awards for excellence in Amateur Scouting, Professional Scouting, Player Development and Community Service, respectively.
FOX has been selected as the 2013 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. A native of Yakima, Washington, Fox has served as an amateur scout for 10 years including the last four in the Blue Jays scouting department. During his tenure Ryan has scouted and signed five players who have played in the Major Leagues: Sean West, Drew Storen, Derek Norris, Ross Detwiler, and Jeff Kobernus.
MAY has been named the Blue Jays 2013 PRO SCOUT OF THE YEAR. The son of former Major Leaguer and 1973 All-Star Dave May Sr. and brother of former Major Leaguer Derrick May, David Jr. was an all-state amateur in Delaware prior to playing for the University of Delaware. Upon completion of his schooling, May began his career with an internship in Atlanta before joining the inaugural Arizona Diamondbacks staff in 1995 as an Area Scout covering the mid-atlantic. He then joined the Seattle Mariners organization as the Northeast Scout in 2001 eventually moving into the role of East Coast Crosschecker where he would remain until his appointment in Toronto in 2010. Recognized for outstanding organization and ability to evaluate/project in the lower levels of the minor leagues, May has served as an integral part of the Blue Jays professional scouting department.
MORDECAI is being recognized as this year's recipient of the BOBBY MATTICK AWARD for excellence in Player Development. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Mike has spent the last four seasons as the Roving Infield Instructor in the Blue Jays minor league system. The two-time World Series winner with Atlanta (1995) and Florida (2003), Mordecai enjoyed a 12-year Major League playing career that also included time with the Montreal Expos. A versatile defender, Mike appeared at every position on the diamond, except pitcher during his career. The former 6th round pick by Atlanta in the 1989 draft began his coaching career in 2005 as Manager of the Jamestown Jammers, the Short-Season (A) affiliate of the Florida Marlins. In 2010 Mike joined the Blue Jays organization and has been invaluable to many key Toronto infield prospects, developing their overall defensive game via his vast experience and dedication to his craft.
NOLAN has been named this year's winner of the COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. The 25 year-old New Hampshire shortstop has proven his commitment to the community through his tireless efforts and positive attitude. Nolan participated in nearly all of the team community appearances, always representing the organization with class and professionalism. A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Nolan contributed his time in many ways, including;
• Joining 100+ kids at a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Baseball/Softball Camp as a camp counselor at the first camp of the season
• Visiting, speaking to, and signing autographs for 100+ kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua on August 6, 2013
• Inviting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua to two (2) Fisher Cats games during the 2013 season; greeting the kids, signing autographs and helping to provide ice cream during the 7th Inning Stretch
• Taking time out of his pre-game routine to host special meet-and-greets with kids that expressed a personal interest in meeting him and growing up to be "just like him"
• Greeting patients from the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and families alongside WMUR's Jason King for a special batting practice for CHaD Kids
• Appearing at local Sporting Goods in Nashua New Hampshire for the spring registrations for Nashua Little League providing well-wishes to kids for their season
Kevin's efforts in the community enhanced many lives beyond the diamond and this recognition is extremely well deserved.