Ernie Whitt - C

Ernie Whitt Leo Ernest Whitt is most commonly noted for being an original player for the Toronto Blue Jays when they broke into the major leagues in 1977 but prior to being selected in the expansion draft that transpired after the 1976 season, Whitt played 219 games for the Bristol Red Sox.

Whitt was originally drafted in the 15th Round by the Boston Red Sox in the 1972 amateur entry draft and made his Major League debut as a member of the Boston Red Sox late in the 1976 season. Used sparingly in his first few seasons with Toronto, it was with the Blue Jays that Whitt would have his most success. During the 1980's, Whitt spent most of his time platooning behind the plate with Buck Martinez. His best season was in 1987 when he batted .269, with 19 homeruns and 75 RBIs. He is widely regarded as the Blue Jays' greatest catcher.

After his playing days ended in 1991, Whitt moved onto the coaching side of baseball, eventually managing the Canadian national baseball team. As of 2007, Ernie Whitt is a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bristol Red Sox Stats
1974 Bristol 111 385 9 56 .249 47 32
1975 Bristol 82 252 2 19 .254 33 19
1976 Bristol 26 87 1 10 .218 5 0

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