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Tom Hinkle, Don Zimmer and Ed Herrmann, former Expos figures, pass away

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  • Tom Hinkle, Don Zimmer and Ed Herrmann, former Expos figures, pass away

    Just thought I'd post about some Expos guys who died who didn't get mentioned in this forum as far as I know.

    Tom Hinkle scouted for the Expos. He died in November 2013, but his death was not reported here.

    A reason the Blue Jays reeled off 11-consecutive winning seasons was building from the amateur draft.

    If there was a player from California, former Toronto scout Tom Hinkle saw him.

    Speedster or slugger.

    High schooler or collegian.

    From doing background on whether Shawn Green would sign or attend Stanford University, or giving a thumbs up to Michael Young or putting his two cents in on 54th rounder Chris Woodward, Hinkle was there.

    The Jays’ California scouting supervisor battled other major league clubs for players for decades.

    He was at tournament in Las Vegas 15 years ago, became ill on the Friday, jumped in the car and drove home to Atascadero, Calif. and Easter Sunday doctors performed surgery as his battle against cancer began.

    Hinkle, 71, lost his battle to cancer Saturday morning.
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    You might have heard Don Zimmer died last June. He coached for the Expos in 1971.

    He had the jowls of Dizzy Gillespie, the chins of Alfred Hitchcock and the forearms of Olive Oyl's favorite sailor man. For most of his 83 years, he had a haircut that required minimum maintenance and a quick, disarming smile that significantly widened his face and belied his sense of purpose. Well before his time came, he had developed a silhouette like no other in the game. If nothing else, Don Zimmer was distinctive, a ball of distinction, you might say -- no corners, no angles, no edges. So round he almost was spherical.

    Zimmer, a baseball icon for the past six decades -- most recently as a senior advisor for the Rays -- passed away on Wednesday at BayCare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. He was 83.
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    Ed Herrmann played for the Expos in 1978, hitting .175 in 40 at-bats. He died in December 2013, but his death was not reported here.

    Former major league catcher Ed Herrmann, who played for the White Sox for seven seasons from 1967-1974, died Sunday morning at 67. He had battled prostate cancer for years, family friend and former teammate Bill Melton said.

    Herrmann played 11 major league seasons with the Sox, Yankees, Angels, Astros and Expos and was named an All-Star in 1974. Melton said Herrmann's ability to catch knuckleball pitchers such as former Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood most stuck out from his career.
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