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Robert Butler

Robert is a Canadian former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. He is also a former player with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League.

1988-1990 Team Canada National Baseball Team, World Championship; Edmonton and Italy (Worlds were every second year)

1988 - Canadian Olympic Baseball Team, (Seoul, Korea)

2003 - Canadian National Baseball Team, World Championships in Cuba

1991 - MVP, New York Penn League

1992 - Florida State League, Batting Champion (.358)

Major League Career

Butler first signed with the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent on September 24, 1990, and made his major league debut with them on June 12, 1993. He played in 17 regular season games and was sidelined by a hand injury he suffered when attempting to steal a base. In his 17-game stint in 1993, he had a .271 batting average with four doubles, two RBIs and 12 strikeouts. He also drew seven walks and went 2-for-4 stealing bases. In the 1993 World Series, won by Toronto, Butler went 1-for-2 with a pinch hit single off Curt Schilling of the Philadelphia Phillies, and became the only Canadian player to have won a World Series with the Blue Jays.

With the Phillies organization, Butler spent much of it in their minor league system, but was called up in 1997, and he played in 43 games, batting .292 with nine doubles, one triple, and 13 RBIs.

On December 22, 1997, Butler signed with the Houston Astros and spent 1998 in their minor league system.

On December 23, 1998, he returned to the Blue Jays as a free agent and appeared in eight games with the Jays during the 1999 season, playing his last game as a Major League Baseball player on July 10, 1999.

Semi-Pro Baseball

In 2001, Butler joined the semi-pro Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League as an outfielder. He was also joined by his brother Rich Butler. For much of those years, Rob finished the season as the team's batting leader, and in 2002, he won the league championship with them. In 2005, Butler played his last game with the Leafs, announcing his retirement from the game. He was named the league's batting champion and still holds the record with a .488 batting average.

Sherri Butler

Rob's wife Sherri is a graduate of the York University Kinesiology program. She went on to attend Teacher's College at the University of Toronto.Sherri was a former competitive figure skater who trained at the National Ice Dance Centre. She went on to coach many successful figure skaters from recreational, provincial and national levels. She also created training programs for the Scarborough Figure Skating Club and worked as a consultant at other associations across the GTA.

Sherri has wide ranging experience in the field of education. She has been a teacher and Principal with the Toronto Board of Education for 30 years. Sherri has been an instructor for the International School Leadership Program through the Ontario Principal's Council where she worked in various countries developing strong educational leadership at the school and system level.