Simmons: Bob Elliott, Canadian baseball media legend, retires

From Steve Simmons at on May 31, 2016, on SABR member Bob Elliott:

Jose Bautista doesn’t easily trust anyone. He can be aloof, intense, sensitive, occasionally difficult.

He trusts Bob Elliott implicitly.

Which says as much about the Toronto Sun’s long-time baseball writer as it does about the most prominent and outspoken Blue Jays star.

Today is not a happy day or necessarily a good day for the Sun, for the newspaper business, for Bautista and so many ballplayers, for scouts, for managers that he has amassed as friends, for sources and lovers of the game. After 29-and-a-half years being the best in the industry, today is Elliott’s last day at the Sun. And it breaks my heart, and maybe yours, to know that.

He has chosen to retire — his way, his terms, and may I say he’s too young and too capable to go — but it’s his call after more than four decades of great newspaper work that this grandfather deserves to go out on his own terms.

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Originally published: June 1, 2016. Last Updated: June 1, 2016.