Morneau, Olerud, Ward named to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame


Just weeks after seeing his idol receive baseball’s highest honour, Justin Morneau is celebrating one of his own.

Morneau, a big-hitting first baseman from New Westminster, B.C., leads the 2020 class of inductees into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall announced on Tuesday that Morneau will be joined at the June 20 induction ceremony at the St. Marys, Ont. shrine by former Blue Jays first baseman John Olerud and his teammate reliever Duane Ward, as well as Quebec-based broadcaster Jacques Doucet.

Morneau, who looked up to and was mentored by recently announced Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Larry Walker, had a solid career highlighted by an AL MVP award in 2006, the only Canadian-born player to capture that title.

“When I heard the news that I would be enshrined in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame I was honoured,” Morneau said in a statement. “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.”

Morneau played in parts of 14 big league seasons and has the second most…

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