Our very own Ryan Somers recently did an interview with former Phillie’s outfielder and pinch-hitter, and Dodger nemesis, Matt Stairs. I’m sure you all remember Matt Stairs and his soul-crushing home run in game 4 of the 2008 NLCS off of Jonathan Broxton.
Ryan talks to Matt about life after MLB, and about that infamous NLCS home run. Stairs is actually the all-time MLB leader with 23 career pinch-hit home runs. Stairs is also ranked as one of the best Canadian born home run hitters of all time. Stairs went on to hit 265 career home runs. Only three other Canadian born players ever hit 200 or more career home runs, (Larry Walker, Justin Morneau, and Jason Bay)
Stairs has rejoined the New Brunswick Baseball League, and is back with the Fredericton Royals. Stairs is a very familiar face with the New Brunswick Baseball League scene. He was the rookie of the year in 1984 for the New Brunswick Baseball League, and won the MVP award in 1985. He also won two league MVP awards while with the Fredericton Schooners for the Novia Scotia Senior Baseball League in 1987 and 1988.
Eventually Stairs was inducted into the New Brunswick sports hall of fame in June of 2012.