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Enhanced facility helps Canadian ball hall usher in exciting new era

It’s a promise Adam Stephens is ecstatic to have finally kept. For years, the chair of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors had opened the annual induction ceremony in St. Marys, Ont. by promising attendees that the museum would soon get a much-needed facelift. On Saturday, Stephens could finally say it has happened. Earlier this spring, the Hall opened its “beautiful, brand new museum” and hundreds had the opportunity to tour through it before and after Saturday’s 2019 induction ceremony which honoured an all-Canadian class consisting of Gord Ash, Jason Bay, Ryan Dempster, and Rob Thomson.

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Thomson celebrates ball hall honour with family, fellow Olympians

As a major league coach, Rob Thomson is used to working behind the scenes, quietly sharing words of wisdom with managers and imparting advice to young players. But for one day, the baseball lifer from the blue collar town of Corunna, Ont. was in the spotlight as a 2019 inductee into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Canadian Baseball Network writer J.P. Antonacci spoke with Thomson prior to his induction on Saturday.

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Proud Canadian Dempster humbled by ball hall induction

The last time Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) appeared in a competitive baseball game, he wore the Maple Leaf across his chest as a member of Team Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. On Saturday in St Marys, Ont., one of the best Canadian pitchers of all time wore the Maple Leaf once again, this time on a blazer announcing him as a newly minted member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Canadian Baseball Network writer J.P. Antonacci spoke with Dempster prior to the ceremony.

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New Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Bay an inspiration

If you’re a young Canadian baseball prospect feeling disillusioned about your chances for a professional baseball career, Jason Bay’s story may provide just the inspiration you need. The Trail, B.C., native, who received only one scholarship offer to a junior college out of high school, was drafted in the 22nd round by the Montreal Expos in 2000 and traded three times before he got his first extended big-league opportunity. But the right-handed hitting outfielder persevered to become the first Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award and a three-time all-star. And on Saturday in St. Marys, Ont., he became a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

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Fearless approach helped Ash rise through Jays ranks and into Canadian ball hall

Early in his baseball career, Gord Ash was always one to embrace new opportunities. “Any time there was an opening [in the Toronto Blue Jays organization], I put my hand up,” he said from the podium during his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday. “After I worked in the ticket office [in 1978], they needed someone to supervise the grounds crew and I put my hand up, not knowing anything about running a grounds crew.” It was this fearless approach, coupled with his strong work ethic, that helped him ascend from part-time ticket seller to general manager of his hometown Toronto Blue Jays during his 25 years with the organization.

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