Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to welcome Victoria’s Rich Harden

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to welcome Victoria's Rich Harden
Victoria native Rich Harden, 41, will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 17.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 includes Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield, Denis Boucher and Joe Wiwchar.

They will be inducted on June 17 in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont., according to a Tuesday announcement.

Harden, a Victoria native, posted a 59-38 career record and 3.76 earned-run average over nine big-league seasons with Oakland, Texas and the Chicago Cubs, reads his bio on the CBHFM website.

“When I received the news that I was being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, I was at a loss for words,” Harden, 41, said in a news release.

“I am proud and honoured to have my name added to a list that includes so many great people who have had such a positive impact on baseball in Canada. I’m so grateful to all the people who helped and supported me along the way, and I’m looking forward to the induction weekend in St. Marys this summer.”

Barfield hit 179 home runs over parts of nine seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Joliet, Ill., native also spent four years with the New York Yankees.

Boucher, a Montreal native, played for the Blue Jays and Expos over his 10-year pro career and later served as a pitching coach for the Canadian men’s team.

Wiwchar is a longtime Manitoba baseball coach and executive. The Winnipeg native served as an assistant coach on the provincial team that won silver at the 1977 Canada Summer Games.

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