NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Former Major League Baseball (MLB) player Antoan Richardson has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as an outfield coordinator in the player development department.
Richardson, who played for the Giants, Rangers, Braves, Orioles and the New York Yankees, will be responsible for developing minor league prospects.
“It’s humbling to be asked to take on this responsibility. I look forward to being a part of a group tasked with developing the best baseball players in the world,” Richardson said. “More importantly, developing men and women who will thrive long after their playing careers are over.”
Following his retirement in 2017, Richardson has dedicated his time to mentoring youth in The Bahamas through his Project Limestone Foundation. He said that hopefully his new position with the Rangers can help to open up even more opportunities for Bahamians playing beyond the field.
“My playing days were about continuing a legacy started by five men before me,” he said. “To keep chipping away at the glass ceiling for others to get through. In recent years we have seen a growth in the professional level and I am excited that there won’t be another 28-year gap between Bahamian MLB Players.
“I think there are even more opportunities to be had in the sporting industry and we have tapped into it in other sports. Now it’s time to get back into the fight and do my part in clearing down a path that will not only inspire others to pursue careers off the field but watch Bahamians become coaches, general managers and owners at the highest level in the industry.”