|Copyright 2006 Oshawa Dodgers
Dodgers President and Third Base coach, Troy May,
brings over eighteen years of coaching experience
to the team. In addition, Troy is President of both the
Eastern Ontario Baseball Association and Oshawa
Legion Minor Baseball Association.
1. What was the first sport that you played?
Hockey at age four.
2. At what age did you start playing baseball and at what level?
11 in Peewee in Scarborough.
3. Is there any significance to the number 20 you wear?
Yes there is. 20 is the number that the Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak
wore. When I got my first paycheque for working at a hockey school
teaching the goalies at the age of 15 I went out and bought personalized
licence plates that said MAY 20. When Lori and I decided to get married
we picked the date May 20, 1990. So the number 20 has very special
meaning for me.
4. Day games or Night games and why?
Day games. What could be better than being outside on a sunny day at a
5. What is your favourite meal to prepare?
Kraft Dinner. It might be the only meal I prepare but I do it well.
6. What is your favourite restaurant to eat at?
Haugens. They have the best ribs in the Durham Area.
7. How do you want to be remembered when you leave the
As the person that brought Intercounty baseball back to Oshawa and was
the first team to win an Intercounty Championship for Oshawa. As a
person that loved the game and was a man of his word.
8. If you could have dinner with three people, living or deceased,
who would they be?
Lori, Jamie and Connor at Haugens.
9. What is your dream job outside of coaching baseball?
Just coaching baseball. The one thing that will make the dream complete
is when both Jamie and Connor are playing for the Dodgers and I am still
the 3rd base coach.
10. Do you have any phobias?
Heights and Spiders.
11. What is your favourite television show?
12. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items
would you have with you?
Although not items, I would say Lori, Jamie and Connor.
13. If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and
Dave Mills from the Barrie Baycats last IBL season. Dave was involved
with the spectacular and special season the Baycats had last year in
winning the IBL Championship. Dave is a great person and I hope to
experience what he did.
14. How have you given back to minor baseball?
I coach a team each summer. The Dodgers run Free Clinics for kids
before our home games. I am the President of the Oshawa Legion
Minor Baseball Association and also the President of the Eastern Ontario
15. Why should fans come out and watch the Oshawa Dodgers?
The Dodgers are going to be a very exciting team to watch this summer.
With the addition of our new manager Mike Prosper and the signings he
has made I am very excited about this season.
16. What would you consider to be a successful season for the
Dodgers in 2006?
A successful season for the Dodgers this season is getting to the second
round of the playoffs. Of course our goal is to win the IBL Championship
17. Who have been the most influential people in your baseball
Howie Birnie, Jim Lutton, Linda Lewis and Lori May
18. What should younger players in the game do to keep
improving to get to the next level?
Work on the things that are not your best. Too many players work on what
they are good at and neglect to work on what they don't do so well.
19. Detail three Career Highlights:
Watching Ryan Sebris hit a walk off homerun v. Brampton in the 1999
Junior Elimination tournament at Kinsmen Stadium in Oshawa. This
propelled Oshawa to their first ever Canadian Championship appearance
in their 55 year history. Coaching my son Jamie's Mosquito team last
season and watching Jamie score the winning run to with the EOBA playoff
Championshi as a huge underdog. The team was ranked 3rd and beat out
both the 1st and 2nd ranked teams to win the Championship. Going to
Cambridge with Sam Dempster to present my bid to the IBL owners to be
awarded an IBL expansion team. Oshawa was granted the expansion
team and I can't remember the drive home after that meeting.
20. How do you spend your time when you are not coaching
I go to meetings to try and better baseball in Eastern Ontario. I watch my
two sons Jamie (12) and Connor (7) play lacrosse and baseball in the
21. How long have you been coaching baseball and what other
teams have you coached?
I have coached baseball for the last eighteen years at various levels.
Before I started the Oshawa Dodgers, I coached the Oshawa Juniors for
nine seasons. Before Oshawa I coached the Leaside Junior team for three
seasons and before that coached in Scarborough in Agincourt with their
22. What motivated you to start an Intercounty team in Oshawa?
While I was coaching the Oshawa Juniors, I kept seeing our best
graduating players leaving to play for Intercounty teams in Toronto and
Hamilton. I wanted to start the Oshawa Dodgers so these players would
have somewhere to play in Durham without having to travel.
23. What has been your most memorable moment as an Oshawa
Dodger to date?
That's easy. My most memorable moment was watching Matt Tosoni come
up to bat v. Toronto in the playoffs last season. After watching Matt go
from not being able to walk more than 50 feet at the beginning of the
season without sitting down to being able to take an at bat in a real game
in the playoffs was truly inspirational. With two on base, Matt worked the
at-bat for a walk.
24. Do you have any superstitions?
I try to sit in the same spot on the bench between innings if we had a good
inning the inning before.
25. What are your pet peeves?
Umpires that act like they don't care. Players that don't hustle. Rainouts.
26. Do you have any bad habits?
Yes!!!! I tend to get very emotional at times in a game and say
things that later I think was not the best thing to say in that situation.
27. What is the best present you have ever received?
At Christmas of 2001I received the greatest present anyone has ever
given me. I had been awarded the Oshawa Dodgers franchise and was in
the midst of getting players and interviewing coaches to become the first
Oshawa Dodgers Manager. I had said from the beginning that I would not
be the manager as it would take up too much time. Lori knew I really
wanted to be the first ever Manager of the Oshawa Dodgers but would not
go back on my word to her. After the kids went to bed on Christmas Day,
Lori said she had one more present for me. I unwrapped the present and
it was a certificate saying "This Certificate entitles you, Troy May, to be the
first ever Manager of the Oshawa Dodgers. Signed by the President of the
Oshawa Dodgers Lori May. It was the only time I can remember crying
when opening a gift.
28. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go
I would go back to Disney World with my family. The look on Connor and
Jamie's faces the whole ten days we were in Florida is something I will
never forget. Lori lets try for 2007.