Kudos for Jays' Brown, Hall's Valcke

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, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

Alex Anthopoulos has always leaned on his assistant, Dana Brown.

Now, the Blue Jays general manager will pay more attention to Brown’s opinions on players. After all, they’re Hall of Fame opinions.

Brown was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in Edison, N.J., on Sunday.

A star outfielder for the Seton Hall University Pirates, Brown was on the same roster as future major leaguers Mo Vaughn, Craig Biggio and John Valentin.

After three years in the Philadelphia Phillies system, Brown was hired as a Phillies minor-league coach. Montreal Expos GM Omar Minaya hired Brown and when the Expos became the Washington Nationals, Brown rose to the position of scouting director.

When Anthopoulous, also hired by Minaya, was named GM of the Jays in 2009, Brown was his first hire.

Brown was inducted for his 22 years of service and contributions in the game, along with former Jays’ lefty Al Leiter, Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey and Arizona Diamondbacks coach Eric Young, a former Rutgers star.

Meanwhile, Jays scout Tom Burns was honoured as scout of the year by the New York Pro Scouts Hot Stove League Friday in Great Neck, N.Y.

Burns signed lefty Brett Cecil as well as Scott Schoeneweis when he scouted for the Anaheim Angels.

VALCKE HONOURED

Outgoing CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Tom Valcke, was given a special recognition award at the World Children’s Baseball Fair’s 20th anniversary award gala at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles on the weekend.

The World’s Children’s Fair was founded by home run champions Hank Aaron and Japan’s Sadaharu Oh to bring children from around the world together to teach them the game of baseball. The goal of the Children’s Fair was to break down cultural barriers.

To date 4,730 boys and girls from 85 different countries have participated in the event.

Valcke has taught baseball in 17 different countries and was the technical commissioner at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as well as the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Head table guests featured commissioner Bud Selig, hall of famers Lou Brock along with Aaron and Oh.

USA Baseball CEO Paul Seiler presented Valcke his award for dedication to coaching and his support of the WCBF.

Valcke closed his speech by saying he has always been inspired by hall of famer Jackie Robinson, who preached that: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”


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