Cavalry re-signs Blue Jays catcher and clubmates

Cavalry re-signs Blue Jays catcher and clubmates

Jack Murphy's flowing locks and distinctive moustache made him a cult hero at the Fort last season, but it was his work behind the plate and with the bat that was critical in guiding the Canberra Cavalry to its first Claxton Shield after clean-sweeping the Australian Baseball League championship.

The Canberra Times revealed last month the Cavs were trying to lure Murphy back and they announced on Thursday the Toronto Blue Jays had agreed to send the catcher Down Under again.

Jack Murphy has re-signed with the Canberra Cavalry.

Jack Murphy has re-signed with the Canberra Cavalry.

Photo: Melissa Adams

He will be joined by three Toronto clubmates - shortstop Shane Opitz, second-baseman Jon Berti and outfielder Michael Crouse.

Murphy was rewarded for his standout ABL season in 2012-13 by getting a call-up to the Blue Jays' Major League spring training and he finished this season with their AAA-class team.

He averaged .304 after five home runs and 24 runs batted in during the Cavs' championship season, and he'll share the catching duties with Canberra's Robbie Perkins.


''Jack worked very well with pitching staff last year and was a true field general,'' Cavalry general manager Thom Carter said.

''We were concerned about having to replace him. Staff worked really hard with Jack and the Blue Jays to bring him back. Today's announcement puts us in a great position to win this year.''

The three other Blue Jays all played in high-A class together.

Opitz averaged .309 for the Dunedin Blue Jays, while Berti averaged .250 and stole 56 bases.

The pair spent the Minor League season working together in the infield and they should bring an instant connection in defence and the ability to turn double plays.

Crouse also averaged .250 and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2011 World Cup.

David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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