Munro: Guerrero Jr. becomes youngest MLBer to hit two grand slams

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) clubbed his second grand slam of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays last night to become the youngest player in major league history to have two grand slams on their resume. Photo: Amanda Fewer

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) clubbed his second grand slam of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays last night to become the youngest player in major league history to have two grand slams on their resume. Photo: Amanda Fewer

July 25, 2019

By Neil Munro

Canadian Baseball Network

When Montreal-born Vladimir Guerrero Jr. socked a grand slam for the Toronto Blue Jays off Kansas City Royals right-hander Josh Staumont in the ninth inning last night, he became the youngest player in big league history (20 years, 136 days) to have two grand slams on their resume.

Guerrero Jr.’s first grand slam came off Detroit Tigers left-hander Gregory Soto in the top of the fifth inning at Comerica Park on July 20.

Guerrero’s slams were the 73rd and 74th hit by Canadian-born players in the major leagues.

The last Canuck to sock a grand slam before Guerrero was Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto when he went deep for the Cincinnati Reds off San Diego Padres reliever Robbie Erlin on September 8, 2018. That represented the fourth grand slam of Votto’s big league career.

Votto still has a long way to go, however, to catch Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Fredericton, N.B., Matt Stairs who is the all-time Canuck leader with 12.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Fredericton, N.B., native Matt Stairs hit 12 grand slams during his major league career, which is by far the most by a Canadian. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Fredericton, N.B., native Matt Stairs hit 12 grand slams during his major league career, which is by far the most by a Canadian. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

On a side note, with Guerrero Jr.’s latest home run, Blue Jays rookies have now hit five home runs this season, which is a new big league record.

The following is a list of all the Canadians that have hit a grand slam at the big league level:

Canadians Hitting Grand Slam Home Runs (through July 30, 2019)

Chronological list of Major League Canadian batters who have hit grand slam home runs

PlayerYears PlayedTeam(s) When Grand Slam)s) HitGrand Slams Hit
Spud Johnson1889-1891Columbus (AA)1
Jimmy Knowles1884-1892Rochester (AA)1
Jack Graney1908-1922Cleveland (AL)1
Vince Barton1931-1932Chicago (NL)1
George Selkirk1934-1942All with New York (AL)4
Jeff Heath1936-1949Cleveland, S. L. (AL), Boston (NL)4
Sherry Robertson1940-1952Washington1
Reno Bertoia1953-1962Detroit1
Tim Harkness1961-1964New York (NL)1
Pete Ward1962-1970All with Chicago (AL)4
Terry Puhl1977-1991All with Houston (NL)3
Doug Frobel1982, 1987Pittsburgh1
Kevin Reimer1988-1993Texas, Milwaukee (AL)1
Larry Walker1989-2005Montreal, Colorado, St, Louis (NL)7
Matt Stairs1992-2011Oakland, Toronto, K.C., Philadelphia12
Corey Koskie1998-2006Both with Minnesota2
Jason Bay2003-2013Pittsburgh, Boston (AL), N.Y. (NL)5
Justin Morneau2003-2016All with Minnesota (AL)7
Mark Teahen2005-2011Kansas City1
Russell Martin2006-2019Los Angeles (NL), New York (AL)4
Joey Votto2007-2019All with Cincinnati4
Michael Saunders2009-2017Seattle1
Mike Nickeas2010-2013New York (NL)1
Brett Lawrie2011-2016Toronto, Oakland3
Rene Tosoni2011Minnesota1
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.2019Toronto2
  Total Number Grand Slams Hit74