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Canadian Baseball Hall Gets New Members

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Former MLB stars highlight the newest class of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Roy Halladay and Vlad Guerrero headline the class of 2017 inductees to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Also inducted were past Baseball Canada President Ray Carter, umpire Doug Hudlin, and the 2015 Pan Am Games Gold Medal Senior Men’s Team.

Roy “Doc” Halladay

Roy “Doc” Halladay was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1995 draft. Halladay would go on to debut with the Jays on September 20th of 1998, pitching five innings and giving up just two earned runs with five strikeouts. It wasn’t until 2002 that the Doc really took off in a Jays uniform putting together a 19-7 record with an ERA of 2.93 and 168 strikeouts in 238 innings pitched. Halladay would go on to get his second career All-Star nod the very next season posting a 22-7 record with 266 innings pitched. Playing on some poor Blue Jays teams, Halladay was one of the lone bright spots for the franchise, as fans came to adore him over his 11 year career with the team. In his time with the Jays, he garnered six All-Star appearances and won the Cy Young in 2003. It was after the 2009 season that Roy Halladay would move on to the Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay would go on to have an immediate impact for his new franchise, pitching the 20th “Perfect Game” in MLB history in a 1-0 win against the Florida Marlins on May 29th. His remarkable Cy-Young season wasn’t done there, as he would go on to pitch 250.2 innings with a 2.44 ERA and a 21-10 record. In his first post season start, the Doc would go on to throw the second post season no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to throw both a perfect game and no-hitter in the same season, and just the fifth pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season. The Doc is one of the most well-known Blue Jays to the younger generation, and helped inspire a lot of Canadian kids to follow their baseball dreams.

Vladimir Guerrero

In 1993, the Montreal Expos signed an 18-year-old Dominican born right fielder with a cannon for an arm and raw power at the plate. At just 21 years old, “Vladdy” would make his debut, recording just one hit in five at-bats. He would go on to finish sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting the next season, swatting 11 home runs and 40 RBI’s with a .302 batting average. “Vladdy” would go on to put together a great career with the Expos, hitting a franchise record 234 home runs with a franchise record .323 batting average, and being a four-time All-Star. Vlad was one of the last true stars in Montreal and put together a career where he was known as a bad ball hitter. Most people still remember him hitting one that bounced in the dirt before it even got to him, and he still managed to hit it to the outfield. He would also go on to win an MVP Award and five more All-Star appearances with the Los Angeles Angels (4) and Texas Rangers (1). Guerrero won the heart of most fans with his personality as he was never one to shy away from being himself and was often found to be quite humorous.

Ray Carter

Carter was the longest-serving President of Baseball Canada, as he served 16 years from 2000-2016. Canada’s baseball program flourished under Carter as he was instrumental in creating Canada’s National Women’s Team in 2004. The women’s team has gone on to win two silver medals and a total of five international medals as they currently are ranked second in the world. The National Men’s Team also reached new heights under Carter as they won their first two gold medals at the Pan Am Games, and 13 international medals in total. Carter was also a driving force in youth baseball, leading to the National Coaching Certificate Program which has led to the increase in high-end talent being drafted. The Canadian 15 and under Boys National Tournament has been renamed the Ray Carter Cup because of his commitment to Canadian Baseball development.

Doug Huldin

Doug Huldin was a little league umpire in British Columbia from 1953 to 1992. In his 39 year career, Huldin umpired the Canadian Little League Championship five times and the BC Summer games in 1988. In 1967, Hudlin was chosen as the first non-American to umpire a Little League World Series game in Williamsport PA; he would umpire again in 1974 to become the first international umpire to work two Little League World Series’. Huldin was recognized with many awards and accommodations for his service to the sport. Hudlin has also been inducted to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the B.C. Baseball Umpires Association Hall of Fame.

2015 Men’s Senior National Pan Am Games Gold Medal Team

The Men’s National Team captured their second straight Pan Am Gold Medal in 2015. Managed by Ernie Whitt, they trailed the Americans 6-4 in the bottom of the 10th before Pete Orr singled home Tyson Gillies to put the Canadians down by one. The pitcher then tried to pick off Orr at first but the throw was wide allowing Skyler Stromsmoe to run home and Orr to advance to third on a wild throw to third in from right field. Orr then managed to score the winning run. Rene Tosoni helped pace the offence with a .433 batting average, while Jordan Lennerton finished second in the tournament with nine RBI’s and Tyson Gillies scored nine runs, the second most in the tournament. Pitching wise, the team had a combined 2.34 ERA which lead the tournament. Chirs Leroux led the team with 3 wins, while Phillpe Aumont who was second in the tournament with 16 strikeouts, also pitched 13 innings without allowing an earned run. Jeff Francis who was the gold medal game starter and threw seven innings, had also recorded two saves as the teams closer to start the tournament.

Team Members:


Andrew Albers, North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Phillippe Aumont, Gatineau, Quebec
Shane Dawson, Drayton Valley, Alberta
Kellin Deglan, Langley, British Columbia
Brock Dykxhoorn, Goderich, Ontario
Jeff Francis, North Delta, British Columbia
Tyson Gillies, Vancouver, British Columbia
Shawn Hill, Georgetown, Ontario
Jesse Hodges, Victoria, British Columbia
Sean Jamieson, Kitchener, Ontario
Brock Kjeldgaard, London, Ontario
Jordan Lennerton, Langley, British Columbia
Chris Leroux, Mississauga, Ontario
Kyle Lotzkar, Delta, British Columbia
Jared Mortensen, Abbottsford, British Columbia
Tyler O’Neill, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Pete Orr, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Jasvir Rakkar, North York, Ontario
Scott Richmond, Vancouver, British Columbia
Chris Robinson, Dorchester, Ontario
Evan Rutckyj, Windsor, Ontario
Tim Smith, Toronto, Ontario
Skyler Stromsmoe, Bow Island, Alberta
Rene Tosoni, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia


Ernie Whitt, Clinton, Michigan, Manager
Larry Walker, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Coach
Denis Boucher, Lachine, Quebec, Coach
Stubby Clapp, Windsor, Ontario, Coach
Paul Quantrill, Port Hope, Ontario, Coach
Greg Hamilton, Ottawa, Ontario, Coach & Director of National Team
Bernie Soulliere, Windsor, Ontario, Business Manager
Keith Sanford, Windsor, Ontario, Equipment Manager
Dave Blatz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Athletic Therapist
Adam Morissette, Ottawa, Ontario, Media-PR


These inductees have helped Canadian Baseball flourish, from Doc and Vladdy entertaining the newest wave of Canadian players as they grew up, to Carter and Hundil providing the groundwork to help further Canada’s baseball system and gain the respect it deserves. The National Mens Team victory came at a time when baseball was taking off for the first time in nearly 20 years in Toronto, and helped prove that Canada belongs on the international stage.