George Springer will apparently play centre field and bat fifth tonight against the Marlins

Though the team hasn’t made an announcement yet, it appears as though George Springer will be activated from the 10-day Injured List today.

According to Hazel Mae, he’ll play centre field and bat fifth in the lineup…

#BlueJays George Springer will bat 5th in tonight’s lineup vs #Marlins and play centerfield in his return from the IL (quad).
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) June 22, 2021

Springer, as we know, suffered a quad injury during spring training and didn’t make his Blue Jays debut until late in April. He then played in a few games and re-aggravated the injury and has been on the IL since.
The difference this time around is that Springer took part in a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Thunder-Bisons. He played five games in Triple-A, spending a good chunk of his time in centre field, and went 3-for-17 at the plate.

George Springer said via Zoom he’s “extremely excited” to produce on the field for #BlueJays. Said it was “brutal” to be sidelined for six weeks but he’s feeling far better physically now. When he first returned, he felt good. “This time I feel great.”
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 22, 2021

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs announce the hirings of Mark Fraser and Justin Bobb to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion roles

The Leafs made an important announcement today in regards to Diversity and Inclusion within the Leafs organization with two key hirings:
Via David Alter:

It’s great to see Mark Fraser return to the Leafs, and earlier this year Mark Fraser joined Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 and Oilersnation to speak about his experiences as a Person of Colour in hockey:
It wasn’t a constant thing, however, some of my memorable incidents dealing with racism in hockey came at a younger age, unfortunately. You know whether that be from opposing team’s parents or then at the junior level, ridiculous fans sitting beside the penalty box, and having a few moments to utter some racial slurs your direction. That was definitely something that I experienced before I hit the pros.
At the pro level though, I mean yeah, definitely I encountered it. I don’t think that there is a single black hockey player who hasn’t experienced racism both at grassroots and at pro levels if they made it that far.
The difference between the two, for me, was the overt racism in my youth. At the pro level, it would have been more, more in an inadvertent, perhaps …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation