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TANNER WATSON 

Director/18U Manager

Tanner grew up playing baseball in Arnprior and Ottawa prior to playing for the Ontario Provincial Team and Canadian Junior National Team. Drafted by the Seattle Mariners (19th Rd, 2000) he went on to play 5 seasons in Seattle's Minor League System. Tanner continued to play with the Rockford RiverHawks (Ind), earning Baseball America's Independent Pitcher of the Year and a contract with the Chicago Cubs. After Tanner's playing career, he coached in Ottawa, Verona (Italy), with the Canadian Junior National Team, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy Tournament. He founded Watson Elite Baseball to provide development based clinics, lessons, baseball camps and Elite Teams here in the nation's capital.

 
- Ontario Provincial Team(1999 & 2000)

- Junior National Team(1999 & 2000)
- Drafted by Seattle Mariners(2000)
- 10 Year Pro Career: Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Rockford Riverhawks (2000-2009)
- Cactus League All-Star (2001)
- Frontier League All-Star (2007)
- Baseball America Independant Pitcher of the year(2007)

-Riverhawks single season and all time wins leader.
- ONC Pitching Coach/Manager(2010-2015)
- Verona Baseball Pitching Co-ordinator (Verona, Italy, 2013)
- Toronto Bluejays Baseball Academy T-12 Coach (2014-2019)
- T-12 Champion Ontario Black (2016)
- Junior National Team Guest Pitching Coach
- Watson Elite Manager 

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MARCUS EATON

16U Manager/Infield Coordinator

Marcus enters his 5th year with Watson Baseball, 3rd as 16U Manager. Marcus grew up in Kanata playing baseball locally with Kanata Little League, Ottawa Nepean Canadians and moving to Toronto to play for the Ontario Blue Jays.  

 

Eaton’s versatility led him to playing both middle infield as well as corner outfield positions with the Ontario Blue Jays, earning him a roster spot with Iowa Lakes CC, in Estherville, Iowa. 

 

Currently finishing his degree at Carleton University, Marcus has coached with WB Elite for the past 4 seasons alongside Tanner Watson and Greg Hamilton. Marcus brings a well rounded understanding of player development, infield play and a calm intensity to the 15U team. 

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MATT LINDER

16U Pitching Coach

Matt grew up in Thunder Bay, ON playing his baseball with Thunder Bay Little League before playing for the Ohio Thunder and Team Ontario where Matt continued to stand out, gaining the attention of scouting departments for various MLB organizations. 

 

The 6-5 right hander was selected in the 8th Round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, and went on to play 4 years in the Phillies system. 

 

Matt finished up his degree in economics at Lakehead University. Prior to moving to Ottawa, Matt worked and lived in the Toronto area. Matt continues pursuing his passion for baseball here through his volunteer work with the Miracle League of Ottawa. 

 

Watson Baseball is proud to welcome Matt to the Program where the former professional RHP will use his understanding and passion for pitching to teach and prepare our 16U pitchers for the season to come.

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GREG HAMILTON

Greg has been coaching and helping guide Watson Elite since our inception. Greg currently coaches our 18U team. Greg is currently the Director of National Teams for Baseball Canada and the Field Manager for the Junior National Team. Greg Hamilton's involvement with Baseball Canada spans nearly three decades. From 1992-1995, Hamilton was the Pitching Coach with the Senior National team before taking over the Junior National Team program in 1996. After a brief hiatus, Hamilton returned to oversee the Junior National program in 1999, a position that he still holds today. Hamilton played both hockey and baseball at Princeton University and then jumped into his coaching career with a two-year stint as assistant coach at his alma-matter. He also served as the pitching coach of the French National team in 1994 while living in France where he managed the Montpellier Baseball Club, a Senior Division team from 1993-1997. After moving on to be an assistant coach at the University of Maine (Orono) in 1998, Hamilton was later hired by Baseball Canada to coach the Junior National Team and become the Director of National Teams.