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SOROKA, PAXTON HEAD LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME’S TIP O’NEILL AWARD

Soroka, Paxton head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

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St. Marys, Ont. – One had one of the best rookie seasons ever by a Canadian pitcher at the major league level, while the other set a career-high with 15 wins, including 10 in a row at the end of the regular season.

Yes, Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) and James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) enjoyed outstanding major league seasons in 2019. But so, too, did Montreal-born slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who made his much anticipated big league debut – and hard-throwing right-hander Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, B.C.). And four other Canadians – Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.), Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) and Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.) – also made their major league debuts this season.

And while those Canadians were starring in North America, Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) was belting 29 home runs and setting career-highs in doubles (28) and walks (73) in 137 games with the Korean Baseball Organization’s SK Wyverns.

Meanwhile, Kelsey Lalor was starring for the Canadian Women’s National Team. The Red Deer, Alta., native went 9-for-16 (.563 batting average) to help Canada secure a bronze medal at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Baseball Pre Worlds tournament in August.

So in a year with so many highlights, how do you choose which Canadian stood out the most?

That’s the dilemma the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame faces, and they would like your input to determine Canada’s top performer as they prepare to choose their 2019 James “Tip” O’Neill Award winner. This honour is given out annually to the player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.

The Hall encourages you to vote for the players you think are worthy of this award by noon E.T. on Wednesday, November 20. You can e-mail your top three choices (please be clear on your first, second and third selections) to baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca or you can vote on the Hall’s website at www.baseballhalloffame.ca.

Fan votes will be one of the criteria the Hall will take into account when selecting the winner, which will be announced on December 4.

Here’s a summary of the prime contenders (and their 2019 accomplishments) in alphabetical order. (The Hall also welcomes write-in votes for players not on this list):

Jim Adduci (Burnaby, B.C.)

The 34-year-old first baseman/outfielder batted .301 with 108 hits – including 12 home runs – in 105 games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs this season. For his efforts, he was named the first baseman on Minor League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs’ Organization All-Star Team. He also played two games with the big league Cubs.

Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.)

This 6-foot-7 right-hander posted an 8-4 record with a 2.65 ERA in 18 starts for the independent Can Am League’s Ottawa Champions. For his performance, he was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year. Aumont also picked up wins in both of his starts for the silver medal-winning Canadian national team at the Pan Am Games in July, tossing a combined 13 shutouts innings against Argentina and Nicaragua. His dominance on the international stage continued when he threw eight scoreless innings for Canada in their 3-0 win over Cuba in the opening game of the WSBC Premier12 tournament earlier this month.

Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.)

In 19 combined appearances – including 18 starts – between class-A and class-A Advanced in the Minnesota Twins’ organization, this 6-foot-5 right-hander collected eight wins and recorded a 2.69 ERA while striking out 129 batters in 93-2/3 innings. For his efforts, he was selected to participate in the 2019 Futures Game. He was also part of the pitching staff of the Canadian national team that won silver at the Pan Am Games in July.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.)

This 20-year-old slugger made his much anticipated major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on April 26. He proceeded to play in 123 games and hit .272 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 69 RBIs. Among American League rookies, he was first in games (123), hits (126) and doubles (26), second in at bats (464) and third in RBIs (69) and walks (46). During the season, he was named the American League Player of the Week twice (May 19 and August 4) and finished second in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Guerrero Jr. also led all Canadian major leaguers in RBIs and was named to Baseball America’s All-Rookie Team.

Kelsey Lalor (Red Deer, Alta.)

This left-handed hitting outfielder went 9-for-16 (.563 batting average) – including a double and a home run – to help Canada’s national squad secure a bronze medal at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Baseball Pre Worlds tournament in Mexico in August. In that competition, she also scored eight runs, recorded eight walks and finished with an .813 slugging percentage.

Russell Martin (East York, Ont.)

After being dealt by the Toronto Blue Jays back to the Los Angeles Dodgers in January, this 36-year-old catcher would post a .337 on-base percentage and belt six home runs in 83 games. He added a home run, a double and four RBIs in the Dodgers’ 10-4 win in Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the eventual World Champion Washington Nationals. Martin also showed off his arm by tossing four scoreless innings in four regular season pitching appearances.

Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.)

A first-round pick of the Miami Marlins in 2015, Naylor made his big league debut with the San Diego Padres on May 24. The 22-year-old slugger proceeded to bat .249 with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 32 RBIs in 94 big league contests. The left-handed hitting Canuck finished in the top 15 among National League rookies in walks, games and doubles. He also hit .314 with 10 home runs, while posting a .547 slugging percentage, in 54 Triple-A games.

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Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.)

This muscular 24-year-old split the season between the St. Louis Cardinals and the club’s Triple-A and Double-A affiliates. In 60 big league contests, he batted .262 and clubbed five home runs, while his combined minor league numbers (between Double-A and Triple-A) included 13 home runs and a .509 slugging percentage in 47 games.

James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.)

After being traded to the New York Yankees in November 2018, Paxton proceeded to register a career-best 15 wins – including 10 in a row at the end of the season. In total, in 150 2/3 innings across 29 starts, the 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA and struck out 186 batters. In the playoffs, the hard-throwing southpaw outpitched Houston Astros’ ace Justin Verlander in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, allowing just one run in six innings, while striking out nine, to record his first post-season win.

Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.)

Selected in the first round by the Padres in the 2016 MLB draft, Quantrill made his big league debut with the club on May 1. In 23 big league appearances – including 18 starts – he went 6-8 with a 5.16 ERA and had 89 strikeouts in 103 innings. He was at his best in July when he registered two wins and posted a 1.69 ERA in four starts. The 24-year-old right-hander finished sixth among National League rookies in wins and eighth in starts and innings pitched.

Jamie Romak (London, Ont.)

This right-handed hitting slugger enjoyed his third successful season with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization. He batted .276 with 29 home runs (tied for second in the KBO) and 95 RBIs in 137 games, while setting career-highs in doubles (28) and walks (73). Romak also had 86 runs, a .508 slugging percentage and an .882 OPS.

Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.)

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In one of the greatest rookie seasons ever by a Canadian pitcher, this 22-year-old right-hander went 13-4 and posted a 2.68 ERA while striking out 142 in 174-2/3 innings, for the Atlanta Braves. His ERA ranked third in the National League, while his road ERA (1.35) was the best in the circuit. Among National League rookie hurlers, he had the best ERA, was third in wins and fourth in games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. For his efforts, Soroka finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the Cy Young Award voting. He also earned a win in Game 3 of the Braves’ National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals when he limited the Cards to one run on two hits, while striking out seven, in seven innings.

Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.)

After batting a combined .324 with 17 home runs and a .527 slugging percentage in 114 games in Double-A and Triple-A in the Houston Astros’ organization, this switch-hitting Canadian made his big league debut on August 22. In 25 games for the American League pennant winners, he batted .218 with two home runs. One of his homers was a two-run shot at Rogers Centre that accounted for the only two runs in Justin Verlander’s no-hitter against the Blue Jays on September 1. His minor league efforts earned him Astros’ Minor League Player of the Year honours.

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Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.)

This veteran Cincinnati Reds first baseman continued his excellent major league career by leading all Canadian big leaguers in games (142), hits (137), doubles (32) and walks (76). In all, he batted .261, posted a .357 on-base percentage and had 15 home runs in 2019. His best month was June when he registered a .390 on-base percentage, a .506 slugging percentage and an .896 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) in 24 games.

Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, B.C.)

This hard-throwing right-hander developed into a go-to reliever for the Chicago Cubs in 2019. In 31 big league appearances, he recorded a 2.43 ERA and struck out 35 batters in 33-1/3 innings. He was most effective in the season’s final month when he posted a 0.90 ERA in nine appearances. Wick was also dominant in Triple-A, registering a 1.80 ERA in 27 games, while striking out 44 batters in 35 innings.

Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) and Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) also appeared in the big leagues in 2019, while Scott Mathieson (Vancouver, B.C.) continued to serve as a reliable reliever in his final season with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League. He announced his retirement from professional baseball at the end of the season.

The Hall’s Tip O’Neill Award is named after Woodstock, Ont., native James “Tip” O’Neill, who was one of Major League Baseball’s first legitimate stars. With the American Association’s St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill set big league records in hits, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases, while compiling a major league record .492 batting average. Walks were counted as hits in 1887, but if O’Neill’s average was calculated by today’s standards, it would be .435, the second-highest in big league history to Hugh Duffy who hit .440 in 1894.

Past winners of the James “Tip” O’Neill Award:

1984 – Terry Puhl
1985 – Dave Shipanoff
1986 – Rob Ducey
1987 – Larry Walker
1988 – Kevin Reimer
1989 – Steve Wilson
1990 – Larry Walker
1991 – Daniel Brabant
1992 – Larry Walker
1993 – Rob Butler
1994 – Larry Walker
1995 – Larry Walker
1996 – Jason Dickson
1997 – Larry Walker
1998 – Larry Walker
1999 – Jeff Zimmerman
2000 – Ryan Dempster
2001 – Corey Koskie
2001 – Larry Walker
2002 – Eric Gagné
2002 – Larry Walker
2003 – Eric Gagné
2004 – Jason Bay
2005 – Jason Bay
2006 – Justin Morneau
2007 – Russell Martin
2008 – Justin Morneau
2009 – Jason Bay
2010 – Joey Votto
2011 – Joey Votto
2011 – John Axford
2012 – Joey Votto
2013 – Joey Votto
2014 – Justin Morneau
2015 – Joey Votto
2016 – Joey Votto
2017 – Joey Votto
2018 – James Paxton

HOLIDAY SILENT AUCTION

HOLIDAY SILENT AUCTION

Thursday, November 14 to Monday, December 16 at 12pm ET

Almost $11,000 in items available to bid on so don’t miss this great opportunity to bid on some unique sport and non-sport items.

AGAIN THIS YEAR….all bidding done directly online at the link below. However, items will be on display at our office if you wish to see them in person and if you need any assistance with the auction please email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca or call 519-284-1838.

Click here for auction link: www.32auctions.com/CBHFM2019

Sport Items include:

Jerseys signed by: Lloyd Moseby, Dennis Martinez, Randall Grichuk, Danny Jansen, Teoscar Hernandez, Nathan MacKinnon

Baseballs signed by: Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Gary Carter, Ralph Kiner, Cito Gaston, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bower, Mike Soroka, Dick Allen, Pinball Clemens, Bob Izumi, Donovan Bailey

Bats signed by: Roberto Alomar, Larry Walker, Cito Gaston, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Fergie Jenkins, Steve Rogers, Walter Gretzky, Gaylord Perry, Jimmy Wynn, Billy McKinney

Non- Sport Items

1.Left Field Brewery experience
2. GOCO Gas Coupons
3. The Flower Shop & More Flowers of the Month
4. LCBO Gift Card
5. Furniture Woodworking. Piece 1 and Piece 2
6. McDonald’s Independent grocery gift certificate
7. Stone Willow Inn accommodations
8. Westover Inn accommodations
9. Subway 6ft Party Sub– Subway
10. 31 bag –Lunch break Thermal & Benjamins Wallet
11. Kitchen Smidgen cookies of the month

Pat Hentgen

HALL OF FAMER PAT HENTGEN

Born in 1968 in Detroit, Mich., Hentgen has been part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization as a player, coach, ambassador or special assistant for 26 years. The intense right-hander was selected by the Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 1986 MLB amateur draft and he saw his first regular big league action with the club in 1992 when he pitched 28 games, primarily out of the bullpen, for the franchise’s first World Series-winning squad.

In the ensuing season, he was inserted into the rotation and blossomed into an all-star, registering 19 regular season victories and winning Game 3 of the World Series to help the Blue Jays capture their second consecutive championship. From there, the 6-foot-2 righty evolved into the club’s ace. After being selected to his second all-star game in 1994, Hentgen won 20 games and topped the American League in innings pitched (265-2/3), complete games (10) and shutouts (3) in 1996 to become the first Blue Jay to win the American League Cy Young Award. For an encore, he led the American League in games started (35), innings pitched (264), complete games (9) and shutouts (3) again in 1997.

Read more HERE.

Wayne Norton

HALL OF FAMER WAYNE NORTON

Born in 1942 in Winnipeg, MB, Norton played in 1,206 minor league games – including five seasons in Triple-A – before becoming a trailblazing baseball executive and scout in Canada. In the mid-1970s, Norton founded and established Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team and he became a long-time coach and manager for the organization, while doubling as a part-time scout for the Montreal Expos. He also managed Canada’s Pan Am Games team in 1975, prior to helping to launch Baseball B.C. two years later. In the late 1970s, he was enlisted to create and write Baseball Canada’s first coaching manuals and many of the guidelines from those are still employed today.

In 1986, Norton established the National Baseball Institute (NBI) in Vancouver and hired 2007 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee John Haar to be the first coach. The NBI evolved into the best baseball academy ever created in Canada and is often cited as the standard for similar facilities. Among the NBI graduates to play in the big leagues are 2015 Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) and Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.), as well as Denis Boucher (Montreal, Que.), Steve Sinclair (Victoria, B.C.), Paul Spoljaric (Kelowna, B.C.), Rob Butler (East York, Ont.), Jason Dickson (Miramichi, N.B.), Aaron Guiel (Vancouver, B.C.) and Derek Aucoin (Lachine, Que.).

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INDUCTEES PHIL MARCHILDON AND DICK FOWLER

Phil MarchildonPHIL MARCHILDON

Poised to join the pitching elite, Marchildon was called for military duty and would serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943 to 1945. In August 1944, his plane was shot down and he was taken as a prisoner of war. He would spend nine months in a German prison camp. Upon his release and return to North America, Marchildon was almost immediately penciled into the A’s rotation. Though still traumatized by the war, Marchildon would register 19 wins for the A’s in 1947 – a season many consider to be one of the best ever by a Canadian pitcher.

Read more HERE.

Dick FowlerDICK FOWLER

After his first full season in the majors, he was called for military duty and served in the Canadian army for three years. In his first start (4th appearance) upon his return, the powerful right-hander would no-hit the St. Louis Browns on September 9, 1945. Fowler remains one of only two Canadian to throw a no-hitter in the big leagues (James Paxton – 2018).

Read more HERE.

Thank you to both Phil and Dick and all the men and women who served our country.

George Wood 2011 Induction Photo

HALL OF FAMER GEORGE WOOD

The National League’s 1882 homerun champion also became one of only eight Canadians to manage in the major leagues (143 games with Philadelphia in 1891), and was also one of only six Canadians to umpire in the majors (1886-98).  The gifted outfielder led the National league in putouts (226) in 1883, and in assists (35) in 1890.  His lifetime batting average was .273, collecting 1,467 hits, 228 doubles, a Canadian-best 132 triples, 68 homeruns and 601 RBI while stealing 113 bases.

The 2009 inductee to the PEI Sports Hall of Fame played on the first team of professionals to play in Cuba (1879-80).  In his first week in the major leagues, Wood initiated the 11th triple play in history.  He played left field for the winning team in the first perfect game recorded in baseball history (June 12, 1880).  He was a teammate of fellow Hall-of-Famers Arthur Irwin and Tip O’Neill.  Wood became the first Canadian to hit for the cycle on June 12, 1885, (O’Neill did it twice two years later). His final career homerun was hit off of Clark Griffith, father of inductee Calvin Griffith and great-uncle of inductee Sherry Robertson.

Read more HERE.

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HALL OF FAMER LLOYD MOSEBY

Born in Portland, Ark., in 1959, Lloyd Moseby grew up in Oakland, Calif., and was selected second overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1978 MLB draft. That same year, the left-handed hitting outfielder began his professional career with the Blue Jays’ Rookie Ball affiliate in Medicine Hat and quickly climbed through the club’s ranks to make his big league debut on May 24, 1980.

The charismatic Moseby would become the Blue Jays’ starting centre fielder for the bulk of the next 10 seasons. His breakout major league campaign came in 1983 when he batted .315, socked 18 home runs, 31 doubles, seven triples and swiped 27 bases. He also topped American League centre fielders with 11 assists. For his efforts, he became the first Blue Jays’ outfielder to win a Silver Slugger Award and was named the team’s Player of the Year. He was also selected to The Sporting News and Baseball America All-Star teams.

Read more HERE.

Paul Quantrill

HALL OF FAMER PAUL QUANTRILL

Paul Quantrill, born November 3, 1968 in London, Ontario attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was originally drafted in the 26th round in 1986 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and then again by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round in 1989. The rubber-armed right-hander’s first appearance was with the Red Sox on July 20, 1992, and his final game was on September 27, 2005 with the Florida Marlins. In between, he played for Philadelphia, Toronto (his longest stint with one team, from 1996-2001), Los Angeles, the New York Yankees, and San Diego.

Quantrill even toed the rubber for Team Canada during the 2006 inaugural World Baseball Classic. He also coached Team Canada in the 2009 WBC along with 2009-CBHFM-inductees Ernie Whitt, Larry Walker and Bernie Soulliere, and assisted Greg Hamilton with the Canadian Junior National Team as well.

Read more HERE.

FOURTH ANNUAL CANADIAN BASEBALL HISTORY CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVEMBER TO INCLUDE A MUSEUM TOUR

Fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference set for November to include a museum tour

The fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference will be held on November 9th and 10th  at Museum London in London, Ont.

The event, which brings together baseball fans and researchers from across the country, is once again being organized by Andrew North, who is a long-time Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and the co-founder of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.

This year’s conference will also include a bus trip to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ont., where attendees will have a chance to visit the newly expanded facility.

“We’re excited to share our new museum with such a hardcore group of baseball enthusiasts,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations. “Andrew and his wife, Elena, do such an excellent job of organizing this conference. I’ve been at every one of them and I’ve learned something new from each presentation.”

Fifteen presentations will be made at this year’s conference that will run from 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday and then half the day on Sunday. The presentations will cover a wide variety of Canadian baseball history topics, including talks that will shine the spotlight on Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Bob Emslie, Harry Simmons, Mary “Bonnie” Baker (a Canadian All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player) and George Sleeman.

For a complete list of the presentations and for more information about the conference, please visit this page HERE

The registration fee for the conference is $70, which covers all of the presentations, continental breakfasts both days, a catered lunch on Saturday, and tours of both the Museum London Art Gallery and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

If you have any questions about the conference, you can contact Andrew North at mavrix@rogers.com. To register, you can send $70 via e-Transfer to mavrix@rogers.com, or a cheque (made out to the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research) to 398 Queen St. E., P.O. Box 3305, St. Marys Ont. N4X 0A6.

CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TEAMS WITH HERITAGE AUCTIONS TO HOST APPRAISAL EVENTS

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame teams with Heritage Auctions to host appraisal events

St. Marys, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is teaming up with Heritage Auctions to host two appraisal events at their newly renovated facility on November 13 and 14.

For a $10 (per person) donation, visitors can have up to three sports items reviewed by a Heritage Auctions expert who will provide them with a verbal appraisal of its value. The $10 donation will also include admission to the museum.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for people to have their sports items reviewed by a representative from one of the best and most respected auction houses in the world,” said Scott Crawford, the Hall’s director of operations. “We encourage everyone to come out to our newly renovated museum to have their items checked out.”

A Heritage Auctions expert will be available at the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 13 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Heritage Auctions is one of the largest sports collectibles auction houses in the world. They have offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

“We are honoured to be trusted by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to give appraisals for their customer’s treasured sports items,” said Heritage Auctions consignment director Tony Giese. “Baseball has a long history in Canada and we are glad to be able to help people find the true value of their collectibles.”

Based in St. Marys, Ont., the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame opened its renovated facility in 2019. The revamped building includes a 2,500-square foot addition, new exhibits and the R. Howard Webster Foundation Visitors Lounge, which serves as a multi-purpose room for groups and social events. The appraisals will be done in this lounge, but visitors are encouraged to tour the museum.

The renovated facility also includes the Harry Simmons Memorial Library, which is an unparalleled Canadian baseball resource library that houses books, files and historic documents. It also serves as the home of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.

Special Notes to Visitors Planning to Attend the Appraisal Events:

A Heritage Auctions expert will review almost any sports item (from all major sports, including hockey), but the team on hand will have an expertise in:

Game-worn jerseys

Game-used equipment

Vintage sports cards

Autographed items.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame annual members will receive front of the line privileges to the Heritage Auctions experts. You can purchase your membership HERE.

A $10 donation will be required for three or fewer items to be reviewed, but you may have four or more items reviewed for an additional $10 donation.

Our definition of an item is as follows, one binder of sports cards = one item. One baseball = one item. Two baseballs, however, will count as two items, etc.