The Ontario Blue Jays Baseball Club have joined Marucci’s elite Franchise Club, an elite collective of travel baseball organizations that embody the same values and goals. The Blue Jays are Marucci’s first international club.
The Blue Jays are no stranger to the Louisiana-based brand. After working together for years, the Blue Jays explored their options, but returned to Marucci when it was time for a long-term partnership.
“The Ontario Blue Jays are very excited to rejoin the Marucci Family as a Franchise Club member after a 3-year hiatus. This relationship goes well beyond product. Kyle Achord and his team are some of the most genuine people I’ve been around and take a great deal of pride in not only communicating but also ensuring the organizations they represent feel valued,” said Corey Eckstein, President of the Ontario Blue Jays Baseball Club.
Kyle Achord, Marucci’s Vice President of Team Sales, echoed Eckstein’s excitement. “We have always been impressed with the Ontario Blue Jays Baseball Club. The leadership and work ethic of their staff and the organization’s commitment to helping their players become the best they can be make them the perfect addition to the Franchise Club. Having previously visited their facility and watched firsthand how their coaches and players worked, we are thrilled to have them back with us.”
The Ontario Blue Jays lead Canada in college placements (530+), Big League Draft Picks and Signings (120+), Canadian National Team players (75+) and Big League players (10). These OBJ successes have not been stumbled upon or inherited. They have come from an unprecedented commitment to developing great young men into exceptional baseball players and even better people in the community. The OBJ baseball program builds a team oriented, professional, championship culture that is displayed on and off the field. OBJ plays top competition in both Canada and the United States while attending top showcase tournaments and events year-round.
This multi-year partnership provides their teams with superior product and dedicated support to fuel their growth from three of the hottest brands in baseball - Marucci, Victus and Lizard Skins. Each organization in the Franchise Club is hand-selected based on their pursuit of excellence on the field and in life. As a Franchise Club member, the Ontario Blue Jays are granted exclusive access, an invitation to the Marucci World Series, and provides valuable testing and feedback on product.
For the last 6 years, Marucci has hosted an invite-only tournament in Baton Rouge exclusively for their partner organizations. “We have put together a really special package for our players and coaches for the 2023-2024 season and we look forward to representing Canada at the Marucci World Series in Baton Rouge during the summer of 2024!” continued Eckstein.
Achord continues “adding an organization like OBJ to the Franchise Club only strengthens an already impressive list of organizations. We look forward to playing “Oh, Canada” again at the Opening Ceremony of the Marucci World Series and having the OBJ coaches and players compete in our event.”