The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has announced its 2020 class of inductees.
Justin Morneau, John Olerud, Duane Ward and Jacques Doucet will be enshrined in St. Marys, Ont. this summer.
"Each of this year’s inductees has had a significant impact on the game of baseball in Canada," said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations in a statement. "I’m excited and proud that we will be paying tribute to their outstanding careers in St. Marys this June."
Morneau, from New Westminster British Columbia, was the 2006 American League MVP, and made four all-star appearances despite an injury riddled career. He was the 2008 Home Run Derby Champion, and captured the National League batting title as a member of the Colorado Rockies.
"When I heard the news that I would be enshrined in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame I was honoured," Morneau told Hall of Fame officials.
"When I learned of fellow inductees, John Olerud, Duane Ward and Jacques Doucet, I was at a loss for words. To think that I would be joining these distinguished members that had such a lasting impact on baseball in Canada is truly humbling."
He went on, "I am looking forward to being in St. Marys this summer to celebrate with my fellow inductees in person. Thank you to the voters and the Hall for this incredible honour, and all that the Hall does for the game of baseball in Canada."
Olerud was a sweet-swinging first baseman who was known for winning two World Series titles with the Toronto Blue Jays. The native of Seattle Washington was the 1993 American League batting champion, and won three Gold Glove awards.
Ward was a hard-throwing relief pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, and a key member of the bullpen for the 1992 and 1993 World Series Champions. The native of New Mexico was an all-star and American League saves leader in 1993, and is known as one of the nicest guys off the field.
He has been to St. Marys on induction weekend a number of times in recent years as part of the Blue Jays alumni, and now he’ll attend as an inductee.
"When I was informed about my induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the only thing I felt at the time was, completely overwhelmed, a flood of feelings and emotions came after a few minutes of reflection and thought," said Ward.
"I can’t state enough how deeply honoured I am to be a part of the 2020 class of inductees to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame"
Doucet is the second Canadian born member of this year’s class. The Montreal born, french radio sportscaster broadcast Montreal Expos games for every year of the team's existence, from 1969 to 2004. He is currently the French play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays on TVA Sports.
The inductees will be in St. Marys for the induction ceremony on Saturday, June 20.