Blue Jays state of the union with Adam Lind

Blue Jays' Adam Lind (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Blue Jays' Adam Lind (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

The Blue Jays State of the Franchise event, staged each January for season ticket-holders is rather new, only 13 years old.

The annual Blue Jays State of the Union has been coming your way since 1987.

We never had Hall of Famers such as Robbie Alomar or Paul Molitor deliver the sermon from Mt. Dunedin, as our guidelines were always to ask the person who had the longest continuous service time with the Jays for his thoughts on the coming season.

We’ve booked some pretty good prognosticators and speakers over the years: Ernie Whitt, Lloyd Moseby, Dave Stieb, Tom Henke, Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay, Jason Frasor and, last year, closer Casey Janssen, to name a few.

Janssen (seven years, 63 days service time) did an excellent job last spring addressing the topics of the day, but since he has not thrown a pitch in a spring game ... he yields the floor to Adam Lind (six years, 58 days).


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