The Canadian professional baseball team Toronto Blue Jays has signed in the American outfielder Dexter Fowler to a minor league contract and has invited him to spring training.
“At this point in your career, you’re chasing championships,” said Fowler while talking to reporters recently.
He has reportedly set his mind on making the Jays pursue a championship this time to get it in Toronto. Fowler also feels that Toronto can give him a chance to win the Major League Baseball (MLB) and help him be in the limelight.
In 2021, the Blue Jays missed the American League Wild Card by just one game. This time, aside from Fowler, they have enrolled players like Kevin Gausman, Matt Chapman, Yusei Kikuchi, and Yimi Garcia.
Fowler is 36 years old and has had over a two-decades-long illustrating career in MLB. He has just completed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals and is excited to fight for a World Series title.
Before Blue Jays, he played in MLB for the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Angels.
He was signed in by the Colorado Rockies during the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball. In 2008, MLB selected him to play in the All-Star Futures Game at the famous Yankee Stadium.
Fowler also participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a United States National Baseball Team member and won a bronze medal by defeating Japan.
Before the Olympics, Fowler batted .337 with nine home runs, 61 runs batted in (RBIs), and 20 stolen bases for the Rockies’ Double-A Texas League affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers.
In October 2016, Dexter Fowler became the first African-American to play for the Chicago Cubs in a World Series game. Fowler was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2016 representing the Cubs and six other teammates.
In the same year, he earned his first career MLB ejection after arguing a strike three call by umpire Vic Carapazza.
However, a few months later, Fowler was roped in by St. Louis Cardinals to a five-year, $82.5 million deal. Fowler finished his first season in St. Louis with a .264 batting average, 18 home runs, and 64 RBIs in 118 games.
Before the 2018 season, Fowler had agreed to shift positions to become the Cardinals’ starting right fielder. Fowler hit his first-ever walk-off home run on May 6, 2018, against his former team, the Chicago Cubs, in the 14th inning and helped lead the Cardinals to a stunning 4-3 victory.
In August 2018, Fowler had an injury and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. After returning healthy in 2019, he played over 150 games as St. Louis’ starting right fielder, and he slashed .238/.346/.409 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs.
However, he has not been so productive since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, with a .219/.320/.367 line over his last 1,030 plate appearances.
On February 4, 2021, Fowler suffered a knee injury after awkwardly sliding into second base in a match against the Blue Jays. He had suffered a torn left ACL and had to undergo season-ending surgery as he was placed on the 60-day injured list.
Going by his own records, Fowler seems to be nearing the horizon of his MLB tenure, and he is quite aware of his odds.