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Toronto reacts to Blue Jays trade of Kevin Pillar to Giants

Veteran Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is officially leaving Toronto after six years—his entire MLB career to date—for the San Francisco Giants.

The Jays announced the trade on Twitter Tuesday shortly before noon, writing that the team would be getting three minor league players from the Giants in return for Pillar: Alen Hanson, Derek Law, and Juan De Paula.

Reaction to the move among fans has been mixed, to say the least.

Some are sad to see the 30-year-old California native, whose nickname is "Superman," leave Toronto.

"[Pillar] made the ⁦Blue Jays⁩ worth watching," wrote one fan on Twitter.

"His response to the trade shows he's exactly the type of person you shld want to keep on your team. Thank you for making baseball in Canada exciting Superman!"

Pillar was, after all, involved in the "blue crush" of 2015 and 2016, when the Jays were dominating the playoffs.

The only other players from that time who remain are now Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Justin Smoak, Ryan Tepera and Dalton Pompey.

Others are confused and dissapointed in Toronto's Major League Baseball team for trading off yet another beloved player.

Others still seem pleased by the news.

But the overwhelming majority seem to be mourning the centre fielder's loss.

Even Toronto Mayor John Tory weighed in on the trade, writing on Twitter that Pillar was "Toronto's Superman in the outfield and pretty good at the plate too!"

"We're going to miss him on the field for the Blue Jays and the 'Blue Jays in 30' highlight shows will never be the same," wrote the mayor. "Thank you @KPILLAR4 and good luck!"

Pillar himself was emotional when speaking with reporters after news broke of his trade.

He's excited to move back to the west coast and be closer to his family, but will miss The 6ix and all of its charms.

"It's all I've ever known," he said on Tuesday afternoon of playing baseball for Toronto.

"You know, you spend a lot of time here. You spend more time here than you do in your home in the off-season. I spend more time with people here than I do with my own family. That part of it's hard."

Lead photo by

Keith Allison

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