ST. PETERSBURG -- John Mayberry Jr. might be new to the Blue Jays' organization, but his name is very familiar to longtime fans of the organization.
Mayberry's father -- John Mayberry Sr. -- spent five years with the Blue Jays from 1978-82. He enjoyed some of the best years of his career in Toronto and while Mayberry Jr. wasn't even born when that happened, he's heard the stories.
"All good things," Mayberry said when asked what his father told him about the city. "He spent a good portion of his career there, he's had nothing but positive things to say. I've been there three or four times, I really like the city, the fans seem pretty passionate, so I'm looking forward to playing as a home player."
Mayberry Jr. was acquired from the Phillies earlier this week in exchange for Minor League infielder Gustavo Pierre. Mayberry was drafted by Texas in 2005, but he previously spent his entire six-year career in Philadelphia.
This is the first time Mayberry has switched teams since breaking into the big leagues and while it creates a certain level of uncertainty, it also marks the start of something new.
"I had heard my name thrown around for much of the season, but the actual team, time and place was definitely expected," Mayberry said. "It's definitely a change of scenery, which is nice. Getting to know some of the guys, hearing different things, different perspectives and just new faces kind of rejuvenates you."
The 30-year-old Mayberry is a career .242 hitter with a .733 OPS and 52 homers in 500 games. He is coming off a left wrist injury that caused him to miss approximately a month, but it has since fully healed.