The MLB has had some big names come out of the great white north. There have been All-Stars, MVPs, record-breakers, and even Hall of Fame players. But who are the greatest Canadian MLB players of All-Time?
When fans think of baseball Canada the first player that comes to the mind of most fans should be former slugger Larry Walker. Walker played 17 seasons with the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, and most notably the Colorado Rockies. The Maple Ridge product was a five-time All-star, seven-time Gold Glove, and won the 1997 NL MVP. Walker is part of the 2020 Hall of Fame classing becoming the second Canadian enshrined into Cooperstown.
Fergie Jenkins Was the first Canadian player to be inducted into Cooperstown. Jenkins played 19 seasons, making three All-Star appearances, and won the 1971 NL Cy Young award. Along with being in the MLB Hall of Famer Fergie is apart of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. In 2009 the Chicago Cubs retired Fergie’s number 31. He retired as a member of the 3000 strikeout club.
In 1999 the Minnesota Twins drafted Justin Morneau in the third round. Morneau would play 10 seasons in Minnesota. During his tenure in Minnesota Morneau would attend four All-Star games winning the home run derby in 2010. He was awarded the 2006 AL MVP and won two Silver Sluggers. Morneau would struggle with injuries during the back end of his career denting his career stats but he still managed 247 home runs and 985 runs batted in. Although Morneau may never find himself in Cooperstown he is part of the 2020 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame class.
Canada still has many great players past, present, and future. Currently one of the most disciplined players in the show Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto. The six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP will one day find himself in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Another Canadian great is Eric Gagne. The former Cy Young winner and holder of the MLBs longest saves streak. Although he may never be a Hall of Famer his name is in the record books.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka is a player many Canadians can cheer on for years to come. The 22-year old made his MLB debut in May of 2018 and made his for All-star the following year. Soroka is the cornerstone of the Braves pitching staff and will hopefully have a long and entertaining career.
Canada has seen some exciting players make it the MLB. With the likes of Jenkins and Walker making their way to Cooperstown. Hopefully with the young talent coming through the ranks and learning the age Canadian baseball can see more of players achieve greatness. But for now, fans can decide who the greatest Canadian Baseball players of all-time are.
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