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Tim Wallach to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

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Former Montreal Expos third basemen Tim Wallach will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the Dodgers announced today.

Wallach, the current bench coach for Los Angeles played 13 years for the Expos, appearing in five All Star games, and winning three Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger Awards.

“I’m both surprised and honored to be selected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Wallach. “What a great thrill to be going in with such integral parts of the Montreal Expos for such a long time, and to join many of my old teammates and manager, along with so many people that meant so much to Canadian baseball. This is a great honor for my family and myself.”

Wallach is the Expos all-time leader in games played, hits, doubles, runs bated in and total bases. He ranks third on the all-time list in runs and fourth in homers.

His best season came in 1987 when he established career highs in doubles, homers, RBI and batting average. Wallach’s season earned him the start at third base in the All Star game and a fourth-place finish in MVP voting.

Wallach was the National League’s starting third basemen in five All Star games from 1985-1990. It was during this stretch that he earned his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. He was in the top ten in the National League in doubles six times, leading the league in both 1987 and 1989.

Former Expos announcer Dave Van Horne, former Montreal General Manager Murray Cook, and former Team Canada manager and Blue Jays scout Jim Ridley will also be enshrined.

The induction will take place on June 21st in St. Marys, Ontario.

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