MAKE ROOM FOR ROY, VLAD

Jays ace, Ex­pos slug­ger join the Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame.

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

ST. MARYS — For­mer Ex­pos slug­ger Vladimir Guer­rero and re­tired Blue Jays ace Roy Hal­la­day are among the 2017 Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame in­ductees.

Long­time Base­ball Canada pres­i­dent Ray Carter and um­pire Doug Hudlin will also be en­shrined in St. Marys later this year.

The Cana­dian team that won gold at the 2015 Pan Amer­i­can Games will also be in­ducted.

Hal­la­day was an eight-time all­star whose .661 win­ning per­cent­age is the best in Jays fran­chise his­tory. He also ranks se­cond among Jays pitch­ers in wins (148), shutouts (15) and strike­outs (1,495).

The Den­ver na­tive calls Toronto his “home away from home.”

“My old­est son now 16 was born in Toronto and con­sid­ers him­self Cana­dian,” he said in a re­lease. “It was a priv­i­lege to live and play in Canada for as long as I did.”

In eight sea­sons with the Ex­pos from 1996 to 2003, Guer­rero was a four-time all-star. He es­tab­lished all-time Ex­pos records for bat­ting av­er­age (.323), home runs (234), slug­ging per­cent­age (.588) and on­base plus slug­ging per­cent­age (.978).

“I was sur­prised and ex­cited to hear that I’m be­ing in­ducted,” the na­tive of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic said through a trans­la­tor. “I knew that I would need to wait at least one more year to join the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame in Coop­er­stown, but I’m very pleased to join the Cana­dian Hall of Fame first, since I was given my first op­por­tu­nity to play Ma­jor League Base­ball in Canada.”

Carter was the pres­i­dent of Base­ball Canada for from 2000 to 2016, the long­est-serv­ing pres­i­dent in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory. Dur­ing Carter’s reign, the men’s and women’s na­tional teams cap­tured 13 in­ter­na­tional medals, in­clud­ing gold medals at the Pan Am Games in 2011 and 2015.

The late Hudlin, a na­tive of Vic­to­ria, served as an um­pire in his home prov­ince for more than 40 years. He was the first non-Amer­i­can um­pire to work the Lit­tle League World Se­ries in Wil­liamsport, Pa., in 1967. Seven years later, he re­turned to um­pire the event, mak­ing him the first in­ter­na­tional um­pire ever to work two Lit­tle League World Se­ries. He died in 2014 at the age of 91.

Man­aged by Ernie Whitt, Canada won its se­cond straight Pan Am Games gold medal with a thrilling, ex­tra-in­ning win over the United States on July 19, 2015.

The in­duc­tion cer­e­mony is set for June 24 in St. Marys.

CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHO­TOS

For­mer Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Hal­la­day and Mon­treal Ex­pos’ Vladimir Guer­rero be­long to the Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.

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