Great news everyone! Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielders George Bell and Rob Ducey and radio broadcaster Tom Cheek were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame along with minor league coach and former Montreal Expos Tim Raines. Nat Bailey, for whom the Blue Jays' short season A affiliate Vancover Canadians' home park was named, was also inducted.
La version française: Félicitations! George Bell, Rob Ducey, Tom Cheek, Tim Raines, et Nat Bailey ont élu au Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien!
Here is a release by Scott Crawford Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame I received from Larry Robertson:
St. Marys, Ont. – While George Bell was belting 47 home runs en route to the American League MVP award for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987, fellow left fielder Tim Raines was scoring a National League-leading 123 runs and serving as the catalyst of the Montreal Expos’ offence.
In the mid-to-late ’80s, many baseball pundits would’ve agreed that Canada’s major league teams boasted the top two offensive left fielders in the game. So it seems fitting that more than 20 years later, Bell and Raines will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame together.
Toronto-born outfielder Rob Ducey, who made his big league debut in 1987 and eventually played left field for the Blue Jays and Expos, will also be enshrined, along with Blue Jays broadcasting legend Tom Cheek and Vancouver baseball icon Nat Bailey, who will both be honoured posthumously.
Blue Jays 2013 Inductees Into The Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame
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