Former professional baseball player Antoan Richardson thought his pioneering Major League Baseball (MLB) career was over when he announced his retirement in 2017. It turns out that retirement was just the beginning of Richardson’s baseball journey. The former outfielder who played in the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and most notably, the New York Yankees’ organizations, has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as their outfield coordinator in their Player Development Department.
In his new role, Richardson will be responsible for leading a team of coaches tasked with developing major league prospects in the minors. Commenting on his new role, Richardson said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to be a part of developing future MLB talent and continuing to bring the spotlight to The Bahamas as it relates to talented Bahamians on and off the field. It’s humbling to be asked to take on this responsibility. I look forward to being a part of a group tasked with developing the best baseball players in the world, more importantly, developing men and women who will thrive long after their playing careers are over.”
Since his retirement, Richardson has spent most of his time traveling and addressing audiences, locally and internationally, speaking to and encouraging young people on their life’s journey. His heart has been entrenched at home here in The Bahamas, where he volunteers his time, mentoring youth through Project Limestone. Project Limestone is a non-profit organization he established shortly after his retirement.
In his new capacity, Richardson believes there will be even more opportunities and doors opened for Bahamians beyond the field of play. To this point, Richardson said: “My playing days were about continuing a legacy started by five men before me – to keep chipping away at the glass ceiling for others to get through. In recent years, we have seen a growth on the professional level and I am excited that there won’t be another 28-year gap between Bahamian Major League Baseball players.”
He continued: “I think there are even more opportunities to be had in the sporting industry and we have tapped into it in other sports. Now it’s time to get back into the fight and do my part in clearing down a path that will not only inspire others to pursue careers off the field, but watch Bahamians become coaches, general managers and owners at the highest level in the industry. These are uncharted waters but with God, the support, encouragement and undying love of family and the Bahamian people, who needs a compass? I’m looking forward to people’s dreams growing even larger than before.”
Richardson will be working with the Blue Jays from home here in The Bahamas, pioneering another movement in baseball in the country. He said that being able to work from home, and at the same time, continue to develop his Project Limestone Foundation, is a major benefit.