Joey McLaughlin has a lot in common with his father. However, after
Saturday afternoon however, he has a lot more in common with him as the 24
year old right handed reliever was traded from the Blue Jays organization to
the Rangers organization. Ironically, Joey did not have to go to far as the
Rangers Midwest League affiliate Clinton Lumberkings were Lansing’s
“I got a call on my way to the ball park and found out about 2:25 pm.m that I had
been traded to the Rangers and that I would be walking across the field and
playing for them tonight,” McLaughlin told InsideTheDome.
Joey’s father made a similar move at the major league level. The senior
McLaughlin spent time in the pen for the Blue Jays before ultimately ending
his career with the Rangers.
“I’m following in my father’s footsteps, just on a smaller scale,” said
McLaughlin. “He did it in the big leagues and I’m doing it in A ball.”
McLaughlin started the season in extended spring with the Blue Jays,
but was moved up to Lansing following the suspension of Edward Rodriguez for
a performance enhancing substance in mid May. Although he was
disappointed as to where he was starting the season, he knew that it was
just a matter of time before he would get a call to a full season team.
“The Jays had guys that they needed to get up here and get innings. I just
kept my head and controlled what I could which was pitching.”
McLaughlin ends his season in Lansing throwing 26.2 innings in 16 appearances. In
that time he attained a 3.04 ERA giving up 25 hits while walking 12 and
striking out 17.
The right-hander admits that he will miss playing in the Toronto organization, an
organization that he has followed his whole life but sees going to another
organization as an opportunity to climb the ladder and prove himself.
“I’m sad to be leaving the Blue Jays. I’ve been a Blue Jay my whole life,
but I look at it as somebody wanted to get me in a trade and it’s an
opportunity to get a little better and go somewhere new.”
Not only will he miss playing for the organization that he has followed his
whole life but he will miss the team mates that he is leaving behind.
“I love those guys. They’re a great group and I know that I will be keeping
in touch with a lot of them.”
The feeling is mutual.