MAKE ROOM FOR ROY, VLAD
Jays ace, Expos slugger join the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
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.
Former Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and Montreal Expos’ Vladimir Guerrero belong to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.