Former Midwest League players Matt Stairs and Corey Koskie are among five men to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
They will be joined by Carlos Delgado, Felipe Alou and Bob Elliott as inductees into the Hall on June 13. Delgado, Koskie and Stairs played for the Toronto Blue Jays. Alou managed the Montreal Expos for 10 years (1992-2001) and played 19 games with the Expos near the end of his playing career. Elliott has written about the Expos, the Blue Jays and Canadian baseball since 1978, in newspapers and books and on the Internet. He currently is a baseball columnist for the Toronto Sun.
Stairs played in the Midwest League in 1989, batting .284 with 2 HR and 14 RBI in 44 games with the Rockford Expos. His manager was Mike Quade, current skipper of the Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. A former Chicago Cubs manager, Quade is best remembered in the Midwest League for leading the West Michigan Whitecaps to their first MWL championship title in 1996. (You can read more about that here.)
Koskie played in the Midwest League in 1995, when he batted .310 with 16 HR and 78 RBI in 123 games with the Twins-affiliated Fort Wayne Wizards. His MWL teammates included veteran MLB catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves this offseason, and Javier Valentin, who was the 1995 MWL prospect of the year.