Rob Butler Returns to Manage Leafs

TORONTO, ONTARIO - The Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball Club (@MapleLeafsBaseball) announced today the re-hiring of former Toronto Blue Jay and Maple Leaf, Rob Butler as Manager of the 2024 season.

Rob spent 4 seasons in the major leagues with the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies and is best known for his pinch hit vs. Curt Schilling in the 1993 World Series. Rob is the only Canadian to win the World Series while playing in Toronto. 

In 2001, Rob joined the Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball Club and led the IBL hitting in 2001 with a .488 average (61-125) with 16 2B’s, 6 HR’s, 28 RBI’s and 17 SB’s. He went on to play 5 more seasons in the IBL.

After retirement, Rob spent many years running clinics, coaching amateur baseball and giving back to the game. Last year marked his return to the IBL as manager of the Maple Leafs team for the 2023 season and lead the team to a 21-20 record and brought the team to the semi-finals.

“Rob did a great job last season as he had to learn our players and re-acquaint himself with the team. I have great confidence in Rob and believe that he will have a big impact on the 2024 season.” Jeff Lounsbury, GM

Butler stated, “I am fortunate to be back with the Maple Leafs. The quality of baseball is fantastic and our fans are passionate.  The new ownership of the Maple Leafs combined with our dedicated players is going to make this a VERY exciting season for the Maple Leafs. So happy to be part of it!” 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a member of Canada’s best baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The over 100-year-old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit or follow the Maple Leafs on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.