Victoria’s Rich Harden pitched for the Vancouver Canadians in 2001. Harden has battle arm problems and hasn’t played in majors since 2011. Property of Minnesota Twins.
Photograph by: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun
Ten Prominent Major Leaguers Who Have Played For the Single ‘A’ Vancouver Canadians and the season they were here (You can click here for photos or read on):
2001: Rich Harden, RHP.
Victoria native has battle arm problems and hasn’t played in majors since 2011. Property of Minnesota Twins.
2002: Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers.
Named most valuable player in 2011 ALCS. Tied major league record for most post-season home runs with eight in 2011.
2002: Nick Swisher, OF-1B, Cleveland Indians.
Played for A’s, White Sox and Yankees before joining Tribe this season. Won World Series with Yankees in 2009.
2002: Joe Blanton, RHP, Los Angeles Angels.
In ninth full major-league season. Won 42 games from 2005-07 with Oakland, his best stint. Was 10-13 with Phillies and Dodgers in 2012.
2003: Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers.
A career .287 hitter in eight seasons with Dodgers. Most productive year to date in 2009 with 31 homers and 106 RBIs. Had 30-game hitting streak in 2011.
2004: Kurt Suzuki, C, Washington Nationals.
Played five and a half seasons with Oakland before trade to Washington last year. Most productive year to date in 2009 with 15 homers and 88 RBIs.
2004: Dallas Braden, LHP.
Claim to fame is pitching perfect game for Oakland against Tampa Bay on May 9, 2010. Experienced shoulder problems in 2011 season and has not pitched since.
2005: Justin Sellers, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers.
Light hitting utility infielder finally broke into majors after six minor-league seasons. Now in third year with Dodgers.
2006: Andrew Bailey, RHP, Boston Red Sox.
Was named American League rookie of the year with Oakland in 2009 after posting 26 saves and 1.84 ERA coming out of bullpen. Traded to Bosox on Dec. 28, 2011.
2010: A.J. Griffin, RHP, Oakland A’s.
Drafted in 13th round in 2010. Made dramatic rise to Oakland roster in two years, going 7-1 in 2012, and remains in starting rotation.
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