On Tuesday, the Ottawa Titans made a series of transactions, including re-signing fan-favourite outfielder, Jake Sanford.
In 2022, Sanford was released by the New York Yankees organization following allegations that he stole from his teammates, and scammed fans. Sanford has since denied the allegations, but is yet to get another chance in affiliated ball. The Dartmouth native joined the Titans early in the season, and quickly became one of the most feared players in the league at the plate.
Sanford hit .311 in his 91 games with the Titans, crushing 22 home runs and 73 RBIs. He was named to the Frontier League Eastern Division All-Star Team, and in June, Sanford bashed his way into the history books. In a 13-0 route over the Empire State Greys, Sanford drove in 10 RBIs, tying the league record for most RBIs in a game.
Sanford tied the record with a mix of the long ball, and getting on base, much as he did the rest of the season. Nearly 38 percent of the time Sanford came to the plate, he was getting on base, an impressive stat, to be sure.
Titans’ manager Bobby Brown stated numerous times last season that Sanford was not only a good player on the field, but he was a good influence for some of the younger players on the team.
“Jacob is a good influence,” he said. “He’s the most studious guy in the dugout between innings when new pitchers are coming in, and that rubs off on guys. Young guys can see him having success from being so prepared, and it trickles down to everybody.”
It seems only a matter of time before someone in affiliated ball gives Sanford a chance, but for the time being, he’s back with the Titans, and they are lucky to have him.
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