Jun 10, 2010 | Dan Thompson | 260 views
Paul Quantrill Brings Big League Experience To Terrier Coaching Ranks
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time".
After 14 years in the big leagues Paul Quantrill is still not at the end of what has been a wonderful life in baseball. He is joining the Terriers as the overall Program Pitching Coordinator and 17u pitching coach.
Before donning Terriers blue and gold this fall, Paul will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 19th in St.Mary's, Ontario.
Our congratulations go out to Paul and all of his family on this tremendous honor.
At the age of 23, Quantrill made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox and went on to pitch in 841 games for the Phillies, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees, Padres and Marlins. Quite a career for the proud Port Hope Ontario native.
After 14 years in pro baseball, Paul's chance to represent Canada came next, when he was chosen to wear the maple leaf at the 2006 World Baseball Classic. At it's conclusion, he retired with a sparkling 3.83 career ERA, and having pitched more innings than any Canadian in the history of the game.
His country called again in 2009, this time to join the coaching staff and help groom the next generation of Canadian talent at the WBC. Paul has since continued with Baseball Canada and is presently the Junior National Team pitching coach.
At the conclusion of this summer's Junior AAA World Championship he'll begin to share his expertise with coaches Greg Coughlin, Shawn Lynn and all of the Terrier pitchers (16u, 17u + 18u).
The knowledge he will pass along from his life in baseball affords every young man in the Terriers Baseball program a fantastic opportunity to learn from a pro that earned a reputation as a durable big leaguer with impeccable control.
Paul Quantrill is an inspiration to all young Canadian ball players and we are very proud to have him in the Terriers organization. Welcome to Paul, his wife Alyson and their children, Avery (8), Reese (12) and Cal (15).
More about Paul Quantrill...
Drafted by the Dodgers out of HS in the 26th round
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he played NCAA D1 baseball on scholarship
Drafted again in 1989 in the 6th round by the Red Sox and signed
Made his MLB debut in 1992 and went on to strike out 725 batters in his career
Selected to the MLB All- Star Game in 2001
Surpassing Fergie Jenkins, Quantrill pitched in 841 games- most ever by a Canadian in the history of MLB
Holds the Yankees record for most games pitched in a season(86, 2004)
Lead the league in appearances in 2001, 2002+2003
Did not walk more than 25 batters in a season through the final 10 years of his career
Will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 19, 2010
Paul regularly speaks and reads to kids at various schools , including Camp Enterprise (Trent University) for Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
He is a popular guest speaker at Baseball Ontario and Baseball Quebec clinics