The Blue Jays will be sending two alumni to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this June, with this morning's announcement of the inductions of former pitcher and coach Pat Hentgen and former front office man Howard Starkman to their place of honour in St. Marys. Former TSN Blue Jays broadcaster Tony Kubek will be joining Hentgen and Martinez as well as former Expos pitcher Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez, Canadian baseball executive Wayne Norton, and Canadian baseball pioneer William Shuttleworth.
As we all know, Hentgen pitched for the Blue Jays from 1991 to 1999 before being traded to St. Louis before returning in 2004 to finish his career in Toronto. The Detroit native won two World Series rings with the Jays, was a three-time All-Star, and became the Jays' first Cy Young Award winner. Hentgen returned to Toronto as bullpen coach in two separate seasons (2011 and 2013) and is currently appointed as a special assistant to the organization. He is a very personable and smart baseball guy and the Blue Jays should keep him on the payroll for as long as possible.
Starkman was the Blue Jays' long-time public relations guy, hired by Peter Bavasi back in 1976 as one of the first employees of the franchise. He was transferred from the PR role to Vice President, Special Projects in 2002 and he retired from that role in 2014 to become a consultant for the team. He is still listed as a consultant, which would make 2016 Starkman's 40th season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tony Kubek was a four-time All-Star shortstop for the Yankees, becoming a broadcaster after retirement. He called Blue Jays games on TSN from 1977 to 1989 (a little beforecmy time) and was given the Ford C. Frick Award in 2009.
If you are in the southern Ontario region, consider attending the Hall's induction day on June 18. It is much smaller in scale than Cooperstown so you will likely get a chance to get up-and-personal with all the inductees and past inductees. The Hall is small but has some great artifacts and St. Marys is a beautiful small town with a nice riverwalk.