Jon Robbins was from Winnipeg and early in the 21st century he was one of Manitoba’s dominant right-handed hurlers. In Junior ball, in 2001, he helped pitch the Carillon Juniors representing Manitoba to the gold medal at Western Canadians. The next year at Junior Nationals held in Newfoundland, Robbins was named the tournament’s top right-hander and led Manitoba to a bronze medal. In 2003, he moved to Senior ball and was selected Rookie of the Year in the Winnipeg Senior league. Robbins played nine years in this league. He led the St. James Athletics to two league titles. Robbins was also named an all star four times and was selected twice as the league’s top pitcher.