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Carlos Delgado Leads List Elected Into Canadian Hall Of Fame


On the Wednesday the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on their page that they elected three former Toronto Blue Jays players, a Montreal Expos’ great and a storied writer.

The list includes former Blue Jays players, Carlos DelgadoCorey Koskie and Matt Stairs and for the Montreal Expos, long-time manager Felipe Alou and legendary reporter Bob Elliott will be honored in a ceremony to take place on June 13 at the Hall of Fame Museum in St. Marys, Ont.

Delgado, who was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, was signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 1988. He made his major league debut in 1993 and starred with the Blue Jays from 1994 to 2004. In the twelve years in Canada, he batted .282, with 1,413 hits, 336 home runs, and 1,058 RBI’s. He was also a two-time all-star and three-time Silver Slugger winner.

Koskie was born in Anola, Manitoba (Canada) and was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent on December 14, 2004. In his only season with the team, he batted .249, with 11 home runs and 36 RBI’s. Koskie suited for 989 games, which is more than any player from his home town of Manitoba. He ranks seventh all-time amongst Canadians with 124 home runs. He competed for Canada in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics and was elected to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Stairs was born in St. John, New Brunswick (Canada) and signed with the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 1989. He made his major league debut in 1992 with the Expos and after appearing in just 19 games from 1992-1993, he was purchased by the Chunichi Dragons (Japan Central League) in June 1993. That winter he resigned with the Expos but on Februray 18, 1994, he was sent to the Red Sox. From 2007-2008, he played with the Blue Jays and in the two seasons, he batted .270, with 32 home runs and 108 RBI’s.

Stairs played the most big league seasons than any other Canadian position player (19) and hit the home runs by a Canadian (265) second only to Larry walker (383). He played for Canada at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics and was elected to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Long-time Expos’ manager Alou, who was born in Bajos de Haina, San Cristobal (Dominican Republic), led the Canadian club from 1992 to 2001 and in those 10 seasons, he won 691 games and lost 717. In 1992, 1993 and 1996 the club finished in second place, but the 1994 team was in first place when the players strike wiped away any chances of a playoff run in October.

Elliott was born in Kingston, Ont and in 1978 he was writing for the Ottawa Citizen and was given his first major league assignment to cover the Expos home opener. He was a well-respected writer in his field and in 1987 he joined the Toronto Sun as a Blue jays beat writer. He is also an establish author that has written three books, also penned three books, including bestseller Hard Ball about George Bell in 1990, The Ultimate Blue Jays Trivia Book in 1993 and The Northern Game: Baseball The Canadian Way in 2005.

In 2009, Elliott was inducted into the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians Hall of Fame, the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Okotoks Dawgs/Seaman Stadium Hall of Fame in 2014.

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