It’s not everyday a new affiliate comes to town, sort of.

According to News1130, the Vancouver Canadians have negotiated a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays to become their newest affiliate.

Unfortunately, details are scarce at this point, but the announcement is set for Friday, September 17, 2010.

It was also announced Thursday that Toronto Single-A affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League, would no longer be affiliated with the club it has been associated with for the past 10 seasons.

The National Post also reports Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos will announce their Triple-A plans “in the next day or so.”

Why?  The Player Development contract with Las Vegas expired at the end of the regular season.

When thinking about the newest addition to the Jays’ family, what does Vancouver’s pairing with the Jays mean for baseball in Canada? In essence, everything.

For a country booming with Canadians littered all over the MLB, this can only solidify Canada’s place in the game.

Until recently, the Jays have exceeded all expectations.  A recent string of losses has brought them back to .500, yet a rotation of young guns and a lineup loaded with home run potential has brought excitement back to a city that has yearned for a winner for almost a decade.

The Canadian hold on the game is now coast-to-coast, and can only get bigger.

When more details get released, The GM’s Perspective will have them here for you.

Stay tuned.

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