The Top 10 Canadian Major Leaguers
Canada has only one Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays; however, currently they have no Canadian-born players on the roster.
Canada has a lot of talent playing America’s pastime. From power hitters like Minnesota’s first baseman Justin Morneau to Colorado’s pitching ace Jeff Francis, Canadian’s are getting 'er done across the league. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Major League Canucks.
Matt Stairs No. 12 - OF
DOB: Feb 27, 1968 - Age: 40
Place of Birth: Saint John, N.B., Canada
HT: 5-9 WT: 210 - Bats/Throws: L/R
MLB Seasons: 16 - Signed by Montreal in 1989
A pillar of power, Matt Stairs has had many stops in his MLB career, including Montreal and Toronto; however, he now plays in Philadelphia.
Stairs is a role player, a leader, and is known for his clutch pinch-hitting. However, it looks like Matt, at the age of 40, could be looking to retire after winning a World Series.
In his career Stairs played with heart, never complained, and swung for the fences. He truly exemplifies what a Canadian should be.
Jesse Crain No. 28 - P
DOB: July 5, 1981 - Age: 27
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ont, Canada
HT: 6-1 WT: 215 - Bats/Throws: R/R
MLB Seasons: 5 - Drafted by Minnesota in 2002
He has a mean slider and nasty heat. Jesse likes to get out in front and throw strikes. It looks like he will be a quality set-up man for years to come.
Rheal Cormier No. 37 - P
DOB: Apr. 23, 1967 - Age: 41
Place of Birth: Moncton, N.B., Canada
HT: 5-10 WT: 195 - Bats/Throws: L/L
MLB Seasons: 16 - Drafted by St. Louis in 1988
Cormier retired from pro ball in 2007; however, he really opened the door for Canadian pitchers.
He spent his playing days as a relief specialist with a sickening breaking ball and a stunning slider. His stuff beat up on left-handed hitting.
Erik Bedard No. 45 - SP
DOB: Mar 6, 1979 - Age: 29
Place of Birth: Navan, Ont, Canada
HT: 6-1 WT: 190 = Bats/Throws: L/L
MLB Seasons: 6 = Drafted by Baltimore in 1999
He has Cy Young kind of talent. Bedard is a strikeout-style pitcher who owns a a deceptively good fastball and a mean curve that keeps hitters guessing.
Look for Bedard to be a dominant force for years to come.
Russell Martin No. 55 - C
DOB: Feb 15, 1983 - Age: 25
Place of Birth: East York, Ont, Canada
HT: 5-10 WT: 210 - Bats/Throws: R/R
MLB Seasons: 3 -Drafted by Los Angeles in 2002
This Canadian All-Star has power and the wheels to back him up at the plate. Also, he is dominant in all aspect of catching. Look for Martin to be a perennial All-Star for years to come.
Rich Harden No. 40 - SP
DOB: Nov 30, 1981 - Age: 27
Place of Birth: Victoria, B.C., Canada
HT: 6-1 WT: 195 -Bats/Throws: L/R
MLB Seasons: 6 - Drafted by Oakland in 2000
Cool and calm, Harden has mid-90s heat, a slick slider, and a deceptive change-up. If he can stay healthy, he has All-Star potential.
Jeff Francis No. 26 - SP
DOB: Jan. 8, 1981 - Age: 28
Place of Birth: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
HT: 6-5 WT: 205 - Bats/Throws: L/L
MLB Seasons: 5 - Drafted by Colorado in 2002
He has the potential to be an Ace. Francis has the command of a veteran with this 90-mph fastball, he also uses that command with his deadly curveball.
Ryan Dempster No. 46 - SP
DOB: May 3, 1977 - Age: 31
Place of Birth: Sechelt, B.C., Canada
HT: 6-2 WT: 215 - Bats/Throws: R/R
MLB Seasons: 11 - Drafted by Texas in 1995
He can be a starter or reliever. Dempster owns a confusing slider and a sinking fastball that clocks in around 95-mph. He also keeps base runners honest with his deceptive delivery.
Justin Morneau No. 33 - 1B
DOB: May 15, 1981 - Age: 27
Place of Birth: New Westminster, B.C., Canada
HT: 6-4 WT: 230 - Bats/Throws: L/R
MLB Seasons: 6 - Drafted by Minnesota in 1999
BIG-TIME POWER. Morneau is an average first basemen, however, he hits for both power and average. Also, he goes to another level with runners in scoring position.
Jason Bay No. 44 - LF
Boston Red Sox
DOB: Sept. 20, 1978 - Age: 30
Place of Birth: Trail, B.C., Canada
HT: 6-2 WT: 205 - Bats/Throws: R/R
MLB Seasons: 6 - Drafted by Montreal in 2000
2004's Rookie of the Year Jason Bay owns better than average power, and has the speed to get around the bases in a hurry. His hustle makes him also an above-average fielder.