Sunday, November 26, 2006

Canadian of the week, November 27, 2006

Today's Canadian comes to us by request. My favorite Banana asked me to feature this Canadian. Born on May 15, 1981, one day earlier and a bunch of years after yours truly, in New Westminster British Columbia. He was voted the athlete of the year of his high school. In 1997 and 1998 he was a member of the Canadian National championship Baseball teams. In 1998 he was selected as the best hitter and catcher during the National Championship. After graduation of high school he chose not to attend College. He was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round, 89th overall, in the 1999 MLB Draft. Making his debut on the Majors in 2003, though he spent most of the season with the Triple A Rochester Red Wings. In 2004 he started playing regularly with the Twins, playing 61 games. During his 2005 season he was plagued by off-season illnesses and was hit on the head by a pitch. Prior to the 2006 season he played for the Canadian team during the World Baseball Classic. Our Canadian's numbers for 2006 were pretty good. He hit .321 (6th in AL) and had 34 homers and 121 RBI's ( 2nd in AL). For this he was awarded the Silver Slugger for first base and the American League's MVP award. Our Canadian of the week is Justin Morneau.


At 10:36 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

I am on travel so I almost missed this!!!

I think right now I am undecided on my favorite Canadian. Is it the MVP or the Chanuck?


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