Ex-Blue Jays scout loses battle with cancer

Toronto Blue Jays training. (QMI Agency)

Toronto Blue Jays training. (QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

TORONTO - One reason the Blue Jays reeled off 11 consecutive winning seasons was building from the amateur draft.

And if there was a player from California, Tom Hinkle saw him - speedster or slugger, high schooler or collegian.

From doing the background on if Virgil Vasquez would sign or attend Stanford University, giving a thumbs-up to signing Michael Young or 54th rounder Chris Woodward, Hinkle was there.

The Jays' California scouting supervisor battled other major league clubs for players for decades.

He was at a tournament in Las Vegas 15 years ago, felt ill, jumped in the car and drove home to Atascadero, Calif. On Easter Sunday, doctors performed surgery and his battle against cancer began.

Hinkle, 70, lost his battle to cancer Saturday night.


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