2015 Inductees to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 inductees.

The inductees are as follows:

Carlos Delgado:  Delgado has appeared once on the ballot for Cooperstown and will not be on the ballot again due to not meeting the threshold for remaining on the ballot going forward.  However, the player who leads the Toronto Blue Jays in many categories (homeruns, slugging percentage, walks, runs, total bases, doubles , and intentional walks to name only a few), and was a popular player with the Blue Jays.  He spent most of his career with the Blue Jays and is one of only six players to hit at least 30 homeruns in 10 consecutive years.

Matt Stairs:  Matt Stairs is the Canadian outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter who holds the MLB record for career pinch hit homeruns with 23.  Stairs won the World Series in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies.  During a 19 year career, Stairs played for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Washington Nationals.  Over his career, Stairs hit .263 with 265 homeruns and 897 RBI.

Corey Koskie:  Koskie, the former third baseman for the Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, and Milwaukee Brewers playing over nine big league seasons.  Koskie played for the Blue Jays for one season in 2005.  Over his career Koskie hit .275 with 124 homeruns and 506 RBI.  He also played for Team Canada during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Felipe Alou:  The former manager of the Montreal Expos for 10 years, along with the San Francisco Giants for four years.  Alou also played baseball for 17 years in the majors for the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, and Milwaukee Brewers.  While he did play first base, he was primarily an outfielder and played all three outfield positions – 736 games in right field, 483 in centre field, 433 in left field.  Alou hit .286 over his career, with 206 homeruns and 852 RBI.  He also led the National League in hits one two different occasions, and in runs on one occasion.  As a manager, Alou had a record of 1,033–1,021 in 2,054 games, for a .503 winning percentage, including winning the National League Manager of the Year Award in 1994.  He was also a three time All-Star in 1962, 1966, and 1968.

Bob Elliott:  The famed sportswriter, currently with the Toronto Sun, and recipient of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2010 Jack Graney Award for his contributions to baseball in Canada.  He covered the Expos from 1978 until 1987, and then the Toronto Blue Jays since 1988.

Congratulations to all the inductees.  The ceremony for this year’s inductees will take place on June 13th.

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