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Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia’s Bob Lamb recently won the Dick Willis Memorial Award that recognizes Canada’s top umpire. Lamb, who has been officiating baseball games at diamonds throughout the province for almost four decades, was named umpire of the year for Vaughan, then was named the York Simcoe Baseball Association's top umpire and capped the trifecta by winning the prestigious Dick Willis trophy.

Lamb named top umpire

Bob Lamb jokes that he is a "showboat" behind the plate - an umpire with a distinctive and demonstrative Strike 3 call that local baseball players know well. But he is also a devoted student of the game who knows the rules like a preacher who can quote scripture to fit any situation; he is an experienced diamond arbiter in demand throughout the pro

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Jays losing reliever Cecil

When it comes to the always welcome left-handed help out of the bullpen, the Blue Jays got some grief on Saturday rather than relief.

Edwin Encarnacion reacts to his two-run double for the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Indians in Toronto on Oct. 18, 2016. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Encarnacion is Jays GM's top priority

On one side, the Toronto Blue Jays would love a quick resolution to the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, allowing them to move on to the next chore on a lengthy off-season to-do list.

Blue Jays stars Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are two of 10 players that could leave Toronto via free agency. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/Files)

Edwin, Jose officially free agents

Even before the Chicago Cubs got to celebrate their drought-ending World Series title with a parade, baseball’s business season began Thursday when more than 100 players became free agents and teams started making decisions on 2017 options.

In this July 9, 2015, file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez walks to the dugout before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Fernandez had coke in system

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday.

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