Blue Jays honour McCullough, Jersild, and Jackson



    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are pleased to recognize
CLAYTON McCULLOUGH, AARON JERSILD, and JUSTIN JACKSON with awards for
excellence in Player Development, Scouting, and Community Outreach
respectively.
    McCULLOUGH has been selected as this year's recipient of the BOBBY
MATTICK AWARD, recognizing dedication and excellence in the field of Player
Development. McCULLOUGH has been a valued coach and manager in the Blue Jays
organization since the 2005 season. This past year, his second as a
professional manager, he led the Lansing Lugnuts (A) to a 76-64 record and a
first place finish in the first half of the Midwest League Eastern Division,
resulting in a playoff berth. The Greenville, North Carolina resident posted a
36-24 (second place) record in 2007 with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Blue
Jays.
    JERSILD has been named as the winner of this year's AL LAMACCHIA AWARD.
It honours the scout that exemplifies the work ethic and perseverance best
demonstrated by the longtime Jays executive for whom the award is named.
JERSILD, an area scout based out of Houston, Texas, first joined the
organization on January 1, 2004, and is responsible for scouting all of Texas.
The Decorah, Iowa native and former left-handed pitcher, was a Blue Jays
farmhand from 1992-95 and is credited with signing several key players in the
system currently. These include 2008 Auburn R. Howard Webster winner RHP
Robert Bell, as well as RHP Zach Dials, RHP Brandon Magee, and RHP Christopher
Holguin.
    JACKSON, a shortstop, has been named as this year's winner of the
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. Justin went above and beyond away from the field of
competition during the 2008 season in Lansing (A). He completed nearly 15
hours of service to the community, including autograph sessions for the
American Red Cross during a blood drive, and for children in conjunction with
Sparrow Hospital. The native of Asheville, North Carolina also ran an
afternoon clinic for children and parents in need of recognition at the
stadium. On top of all that work, Justin quickly became a fan favorite for his
willingness to sign autographs before and after games. The 19-year-old was
selected by the Blue Jays in the 1st round (compensation phase - 48th overall)
of the 2007 draft.





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