The GTBL had three major offseason happenings.
Bolton was approved as a full time member, and after one complete season, has full voting rights in offseason league meetings.
The GTBL will play a yearly rotating home and home series with teams from Quebec. In 2106 Leaside, East York and Thornhill will travel to St. Jean, June 3-5.
2017 will see three or more Quebec teams visit Toronto the same weekend in the newly created provincial exchange. If all goes well, the yearly flip flop will continue..
The GTBL playoff champion will play a best two out of three against the COBA Major playoff champion the second weekend of September. It’s a move designed to build the relationship between the geographical neighbouring leagues.
IMPORTANT PLAYER MOVES
No major losses
Bolton added a number of new faces in an effort to deepen their club. 2016 will be a telling season to judge Manager Mike Wallace on his off season action, he seems excited about many of the new players committed for the year.
Kyle Fillier- retired, coaching with Toronto mets
Kyle Moloney- moved to Windsor area for work, playing for the Stars
Bryan Pyper- knee injury forced him to sit out 2016
Jerome Werniuk- work commitments won’t allow him to play
Jesse Bartle- Returns from a year in Australia. Former IBL player provides another solid stick. (3B)
Brad Bedford- IBL career player, joins EY for first year of senior ball. (OF)
Tyler Plumpton- Moves from Leaside to EY, will mainly play in tournaments. (3B C)
Trevor Edwards- Big bat walks away after one year of senior ball
Davey Wallace- Work proves to take precedence for one of the provinces top SS the past number of years, as 2015 proves to be the last season for “the franchise”
Tyler Plumpton- After one season with the Leafs, Tyler moves on to East York in 2016.
Avery Bet-Payumo- Good young stick who played at Oklahoma Panhandle state (1B 3B)
John Gosnell- Leslie University grad, local Leaside kid who plays his first senior year with Leafs in 2016. (2b P)
Liam Jacques- Another young arm for the Leafs in 2016. Pitched at Bellevue university. (P)
Mark Tomlimson- Left handed hard throwing, bullpen arm who played for the North York juniors in 2015 (P)
No major losses
The Sox have also added some new faces for 2016, and look to keep building in an attempt to become more competitive at the AAA level.
Shawn Jones- after a lengthy senior career including stops in Erindale, Leaside and Newmarket, the speedy veteran retired after winning a GTBL championship in 2015 with the Hawks.
Newmarket has picked up a couple graduating juniors but return almost everyone and have a good mix of youth and veterans for 2016.
Reg Sarne- veteran stick retired after a lengthy career in North York, Markham, Newmarket and Pickering
Levaughan Ferguson- Talented hitter and defender with above average arm. Will also help on the hill. (SS CF P)
Denis Hucal- After missing all of 2015 with a blown knee, the Red Sox get back a middle of the order run producer. (3B DH)
Sean Slemko- After a long IBL career, the talented arm will be a welcome addition to the Pickering staff (P)
Dan Lehmkuhl- Work and family pulls the talented arm and hitter away from the Reds in 2016.
Jaspreet Shergill- After a year in the GTBL Jaz moves to Barrie of the IBL for 2016.
Josh Appel- First year senior currently pitching at Brockport College in New York State. (P)
Harrison Greenough- Talented hitter playing at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. (1B DH)
Hunter Greenough- Young arm pitches at Antelope Valley College in California. (P)
Jacob Hillier- Ex Toronto Met who played at Culver Stockton in Missouri joins Thornhill in his rookie season. (3b C)
Argenis Paz- Excellent defender who missed a year of senior ball due to work commitments, returns to the Reds in 2016. Played at New Mexico State after a career with the OBJ’s. (SS)
Joe Presutti- Middle of the order left handed hitter, who played at Trinity College in Connecticut. Can also help out on the mound. (OF P)