I was preparing a post for today that focuses on why certain players on the Hall of Fame ballot should be admitted into Cooperstown when I came across a very sad piece of news. Today, December 2, 2008 Ted Rogers passed away of congestive heart failure.
Ted was known in the baseball world as the owner of the Toronto Blue Jays and the namesake of our ballpark, the Rogers Centre.
But what is more is Ted’s legacy as a wonderful family man with an excellent mind for business. Starting with the ownership of a single radio station, CHFI, Rogers would go on to build one of Canada’s great media empires. An avid philanthropist, Rogers will be remembered fondly in his home country.
Ted bought the Blue Jays in 2000 and their ballpark, then called the Skydome, soon after. He substantially increased the payroll in Toronto and gave the hometown Jays a great chance to prosper in the American League East.
You will be missed, Ted.