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Blue Jays make MLB history with most Canadian starting lineup ever

Blue Jays make history with most Canadian lineup ever

The Blue Jays, as MLB's only team that resides north of the border, are certainly baseball's most Canadian team. I mean, there's a maple leaf emblazoned on their hats. So it's especially cool that with Saturday's game against the Rays, the Jays were extra-Canadian, setting the record for the most native Canadians in a single starting lineup.

With Russell Martin (East York, Ontario), Michael Saunders (Victoria, British Columbia) and Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ontario) batting in the 6, 7, and 9 spots, respectively, the Blue Jays were the first team in MLB history to start three Canadian position players.

Saunders, whose return from rehabbing his post-surgery left knee made Saturday's Canuck-apalooza possible, reflected on the lineup significance to's Gregor Chisholm:

"Not only that but to represent Canada's team is pretty special too. It's pretty amazing how that has coincided with one another. I think it just goes to show that baseball is starting to evolve in Canada."

Martin celebrated the occasion in his own way: a solo home run in the seventh inning. If you listen closely, you can hear the ball sing "O Canada" on its way into the stands.


No word yet on whether or not the trio celebrated the history-making together with a maple syrup shower. 

Read More: Toronto Blue JaysDalton PompeyMichael SaundersRussell Martin