BLUE JAYS SIGN
FORMER IL MVP CHAD MOTTOLA
Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Chad Mottola to a minor
league contract for the 2005 season.
33, was named the International League’s Most Valuable Player
while playing for the SkyChiefs in 2000 after hitting .309 and
leading the IL with 32 HR and finishing second in the league with
102 RBI. In addition, he stole a career-high 30 bases to become
the first Syracuse player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases
in the same season.
spending the 2001 season in the Florida Marlins organization,
Mottola rejoined the Blue Jays organization in 2002 and hit .261
with 35 doubles, 13 HR and 67 RBI in 122 games for the SkyChiefs.
spent the majority of the 2004 season with Ottawa Lynx, the Triple-A
affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, where he was named the Lynx’s
Most Valuable Player after batting .265 with 22 HR and 69 RBI.
He also appeared in six games for Baltimore, where he had two
hits in 14 at bats (.143) including one home run.
drafted by the Reds out of Central Florida University with the
fifth overall pick in the 1992 draft (one selection ahead of Derek
Jeter), Mottola has appeared in 49 Major League games in his career
with the Reds (1996), Blue Jays (2000), Marlins (2001) and Orioles
has a career minor league batting average of .284 with 195 home
runs, including 29 at P&C Stadium (six as a visiting player).