21 Canadians in majors

BOB ELLIOTT -- For SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

On Sunday Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) became the 21st Canadian to appear in the majors this season. Thorman played left field and hit third for the Atlanta Braves Sunday against the Boston Red Sox.

And Tuesday, he collected his first major-league hit on a single to right against his favorite team, as a youngster, the Toronto Blue Jays.

The total of 21 Canadians is one more than 2004 and despite the retirement of Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) and Paul Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) is the most since 1884 when 29 Canadians played on 33 teams in the three major leagues.

Thorman joined Rheal Cormier (Moncton, NB), of the Philadelphia Phillies; Matt Stairs (St. John, NB), of the Kansas City Royals; Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) of the Chicago Cubs; Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.), of the Milwaukee Brewers; Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) of the Braves; Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.), of the Baltimore Orioles; Jason Bay (Trail BC), of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Rich Harden (Victoria, BC), of the Oakland Athletics; Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) of the Minnesota Twins; Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) of the Twins; Jeff Francis (Vancouver, BC) of the Colorado Rockies; Aaron Guiel (Vancouver, BC, of the Royals; Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) of the Braves; Mark Teahen (whose parents are from St. Marys, Ont.) of the Royals; Adam Stern (London, Ont.), of the Boston Red Sox; Shawn Hill (Mississauga, Ont.), of the Washington Nationals; Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC), of the Baltimore Orioles; Russell Martin (Chelsea, Que.) of the Dodgers; Scott Mathieson (Aldergrove, BC) of the Philadelphia Phillies and Thorman.

Now, Walt Burrows, Canadian director for the Major League Baseball Scouting director is looking to add to the total down the road.

Burrows and his staff will stage open workouts in August:

Wednesday Aug. 9th, Montreal, 10 am _ Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. (From Hwy 15, exit Cote-St-Luc. Go to Cavendish Rd and turn right. Follow to Mackle. Park is next to Cavendish Mall.)

Thursday Aug. 10th, Courtright, Ont. 10am, _ Centennial Park.

(Hwy 80 & 3rd St.)

Saturday Aug. 12th, Langley, BC, 10am. _ MacLeod Athletic Park.

(214th St & 58th Ave. Directly behind Langley Secondary School.)

Wednesday Aug. 16th, Calgary, Allta. 10am. _ Optomist Athletic Park. (26th Ave SW & 45th St SW)

Tuesday Aug. 22nd, Ottawa, Ont, 10am. _ Gord and Bruce Hamilton Memorial Yards at the Nepean Sportsplex.

(Hunt Club Rd & Woodruffe Ave.)

Wednesday Aug. 23rd, Welland, Ont., 10am. _ Welland Sports Complex. (Quaker Rd. & Niagara.).

Thursday Aug. 24th, Etobicoke, Ont., 10am. _ Connorvale Park.

(From 427 take Brownsline exit. Go to Valermo. Turn left and follow to the park.)

The Milwaukee Brewers will be hold two open tryout camps in Ontario. The Brewers, the most active major league team in the Canadian market over the past three years, are known as Canada's team. They selected seven (the most) Canadians in 2004, eight Canadians in 2005 (again No. 1) and five in 2006 (tied with the Blue Jays for top honours) in the annual June draft.

Milwaukee currently has one Canadian on its major-league roster -- 3B Corey Koskie, of Anola, Man. -- and eight Canadian in their minor-league system: RHP Mike Myers, Tillsonburg, Ont.; INF Taylor Green, Courtenay, BC; RHP Mark James, Whitby, Ont.,; RHP Brock Kjeldgaard, London, Ont.; RHP Craig Langille, New Bedford, NS; LHP Alexandre Periard, St. Eustashe, Que.; RHP Vince Perkins, Victoria, BC; and RHP Chris Toneguzzi, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Also, General Manager Doug Melvin is originally from Chatham Ont. and assistant GM Gord Ash is from Toronto.

Tryouts will be held on the following dates;

WED. AUG 2, 10 AM _ CHATHAM ONT. ROTARY PARK (QUEEN STREET AND TWEEDSMUIR AVE)

THUR AUG 3, 10 AM _ WHITBY ONT. IROQUIOS PARK (VICTORIA STREET AND HENRY STREET)

Tryout camps are free of charge and open to all ages 15-23. Players should bring their own equipment. For further information please contact Eastern Canadian Scouting Supervisor: Jay Lapp at jay.lapp@milwaukeebrewers.com.


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