Matthew Wade Stairs...graduated from Fredericton High School in New Brunswick (Canada) in 1988...spurned a hockey
scholarship from Michigan State to play baseball professionally...coaches hockey in the offseason.
4 pinch homers tied for MLB lead and helped the unsung Padres win 90 games and nearly earn a post-season spot...hit MLB-record 21st career pinch homer, a 2-run 8th-inning shot, on Aug. 22 at MIL off Kameron Loe.
Spent the entire year with Philadelphia, appearing primarily as a pinch-hitter...made 85 pinch-hit appearances, one start as designated hitter and 12 starts in the field...Among Major League pinch-hitters, ranked with leaders in homers (1st, 5), RBI (T1st, 15), walks (2nd, 16), runs (T2nd, 12), at-bats (T3rd, 62) and hits (T7th, 13)...Tied a Phillies record with five pinch homers in one season (Gene Freese, 1959) and ended the season one pinch homer shy of the all-time ML record (Cliff Johnson, 20)...Ended the season as the active MLB leader in pinch homers (19) and tied for the lead in pinch grand slams (Gregg Zaun, 2)...Slugged a pinch grand slam, 9/10 at WSH, snapping his hitless streak at a career-high 30 at-bats (7 BB), which had dropped his average from .283 to .189.
Began the season with TOR...Slugged his 11th career grand slam, 5/14 at MIN (Boof
Bonser)...Designated for assignment on 8/29 and traded to the Phillies on 8/30...Batted .286 (4-14), 2 HR, 4 RBI as a pinch-hitter for the
Phillies; overall, batted .333 (9-27), 2 HR, 6 RBI as a
pinch-hitter...Hit the game-winning 2-run HR in the 8th inning of
Game 4 of the NLCS at LAD (Jonathan Broxton).
In 125 games this season, batted .289 with 21 home runs in 357 at bats...The 21 home runs were the most since 2000 when he hit 21 as a member of the Oakland Athletics...Made 89 starts this year (37-1B, 35-LF, 13-RF and 4-DH)...Had an RBI in eight straight games from Aug. 28-Sept. 8 (13 total)...The eight consecutive games
with an RBI tied a Club record (4th time), previously done back on June 4-12, 2003 by Carlos Delgado...O CANADA: Became the 13th Canadian born player to appear in aMajor
League game as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays...On
Aug. 5 vs. TEX, became the 3rd Canadian in ML history to
reach the 1,500 games plateau (Larry Walker & Terry
Puhl)...On Sept. 18, passed Terry Puhl for 2nd among Canadian-
born players with 1,532 games played in the Majors...
Among active Canadian-born ML players, leads in
games (1541), home runs (241), runs (691), walks (632), at
bats (4600), hits (1228), RBI (815), doubles (271) and total
bases (2246)...INTERLEAGUE ACTION: Among all players
this season in Interleague play, ranked 2nd in SLG
(.828), T-3rd in HR (7), 6th in runs (17) and 9th in batting average
(.397)...GOING, GOING, GONE: Did not hit his 1st
home run until May 13 vs. TB (23rd game)...From May
18-20, homered in three consecutive games for the first time
since 2001, when he went deep in four consecutive contests
as a member of the Chicago Cubs (June 2-6)...From
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 hit a home run in three straight games
(spanning over six at bats)...It represented the 2nd time he
had homered in three consecutive games this season...
May 10 at PHI hit his 10th career grand slam (off
Condrey)...Hit two pinch hit home runs, on May 18 at PHI
and Aug. 29 at OAK (11 career PH-HR)...The two pinch hit
home runs were the most by a Jay since Chris Gomez hit
two in 2004...EXTRA EXTRA: Became the 1st Blue Jay to
double in five consecutive at bats & the 1st Major League
player to do so since Colorado's Charles Johnson (May
31-June 1, 2004)... Sept. 3 at BOS, had a string of nine consecutive
hits for extra bases snapped when he singled in his
2nd at bat in the 3rd inning...The nine straight extra base
hits (6-2B/3-HR) were the most by a Blue Jay since Lyle
Overbay accomplished it last season (nine straight)...The
Club record is 11 consecutive set by Jose Cruz Jr. in
2000....Apr. 20 at BAL stole his first base since 2005, also
against Baltimore...June 23 vs. COL tied a career high with
a four-hit game...His previous four-hit contest occurred on
June 14, 2000 vs. MIN (with OAK)...Batted .625 (5-for-8)
with the bases loaded and posted a .301 batting average with runners in scoring position (25-83)...A HOT AUGUST: Had his best month offensively in August when he batted .400 (18-45) with 12 doubles, three home runs and nine RBI...Among the AL leaders in August, ranked 1st in SLG (.867) and OBP (.509)...Ranked 2nd in batting average (.400) and in doubles (12).
On Aug. 5 vs. TEX, became the 3rd Canadian
in ML history to reach the 1,500 games plateau
(Larry Walker & Terry Puhl)...On Sept. 18, passed Terry Puhl for 2nd among Canadian-born players with 1,532 games played in the Majors...Among active Canadian-born ML players, leads in games (1541), home runs (241), runs (691), walks (632), at bats (4600), hits (1228), RBI (815), doubles (271) and total bases (2246)...Is tied for 12th among active Major Leaguers with 10 grand slams.
His appearance on April 12 at New York marked his
1,300th career game...Hit his 1st home run of the season
May 3 at Minnesota off Brad Radke...Started 16 of KC's 1st
17 games following the All-Star break (8 at DH, 8 at 1B)...
Traded to the Texas Rangers on July 31 for RHP Jose
Diaz... Acquired off waivers by the Detroit Tigers on Sept.
Had a solid 2nd season with the Royals, leading the
team in walks (60) and on-base percentage (.373) and finishing
3rd in home runs (13) and RBI (66)...Hit his 200th career
home run June 2 vs. New York (AL)... Became just the
2nd Canadian to reach the 200-home run plateau (also
Larry Walker-383)...Notched the club's only pinch-hit home
run of 2005 on June 26 at Colorado...Homered twice July
14 at Detroit, his 12th multi-homer game... Hit a 2-run home
run in the 1st inning and his 9th-career grand slam in the
8th... Equalled a career-high with 6 RBI (4th time)... The
grand slam was his 10th home run of the season, giving him
10 straight seasons with 10 or more home runs...Recorded
his 700th career RBI on Oct. 1, 2005 at Toronto.
Played in the most games since playing in 128 in
2001 for the Chicago Cubs...Teamed with Aaron Guiel to
form the 1st Canadian-born duo to ever play for the
Royals... Led the team in walks with 49...Hit a grand slam in
the 6th inning at Cleveland on April20... it was the 8th grand
slam of his career... Tied a career high with 6 RBI in that
game (3rd time)...Recorded the 10th 2-home run game of
his career on June 18 at Philadelphia... Reached double-
digit home runs for the 9th consecutive season with his
10th on June 20 at Philadelphia...Went 2-for-4 with 2 HRs
and 4 RBI vs. Chicago on Aug. 5... Marked his 11th
multi-homer game of his career and 2nd of the season...
Placed on the 15-Day D.L. with a strained left oblique on
Aug. 7... Activated on Aug. 22 after missing 13 games.
Spent the season with Pittsburgh after signing as a
free agent on Dec. 18, 2002...Hit a 461-ft solo home run on
April 5 at Houston, what was the longest home run in Minute
Maid Park history at that time...Was placed on the 15-Day
D.L. on May 22 (retro to May 19) with a sprained ulnar collateral
ligament in his left middle finger... Was reinstated from
the D.L. on June 9... Went deep twice on July 3 vs.
Cincinnati, his 9th career multi-homer game... Bounced a
home run into the Allegheny River on July 21 vs. Houston
(also homered into the river while playing with the Cubs on
9/24/01)... Appeared in his 1,000th career game on July 28
at St. Louis, becoming the 11th Canadian-born player to
amass 1,000 games played...Homered into the Allegheny
River for the 2nd time in 2003 (3rd career) on Sept. 15 vs.
Was on 15-Day Disabled List from May 19 (retro to
5/16) through June 2 with a strained left hamstring...
Homered twice on June 29 at Minnesota, his 8th career
multi-homer game... Hit his 5th career pinch-hit home run
and collected his 500th career RBI on Aug. 30 at Cincinnati.
Was Chicago's Opening Day 1st baseman after entering
the campaign with only 16 big-league appearances
at that position... Became just the 4th player to open a season
at 1st base for the Cubs since 1978, following Bill
Buckner (1978-1983), Leon Durham (1984-1988) and Mark Grace (1989-2000)... Homered in 4 straight contests from
June 2-6... Was his 7th career homer streak of at least 3
games... recorded 7th career 2-homer affair on June 24 vs.
Milwaukee (took Ben Sheets deep twice)... Switched from
uniform No. 24 to No. 30 on July 24 and went 3-for-5 that
night against Pittsburgh...Left the game on Oct. 4 vs.
Cincinnati with a left forearm contusion and missed the final
weekend of the campaign.
Homered in 3 consecutive contests from April
19-21... Hit a game-ending, 3-run homer on May 12 in Oakland's
come-from-behind victory over Seattle (it was the 5th
walk-off homer of his career)... Connected off San Diego's
Rodrigo Lopez for his 7th career grand slam on June 6.
2000 POST-SEASON: Went 1-for-9 with a double in 3
games against the Yankees in the American League Division
Led Oakland in home runs (38) and tied for 8th in the
American League in that department...His 67 extra-base
hits represented the 10th-highest mark in club history... Hit
a pair of grand slams; on April 30 off Boston's Kip Gross and
on Aug. 13 at Toronto off Paul Spoljaric... Recorded his 6th
multi-homer game by hitting a pair on Aug. 13 at Toronto...
Recorded 3 walk-off home runs (May 14 vs. Minnesota,
May 31 vs. Tampa Bay and Aug. 8 vs. Chicago-A.L.)...
Connected off Sidney Ponson at Baltimore on Sept. 23
(game 1) for his 100th career homer.
Became the 1st Canadian-born player to hit 25 or
more homers in consecutive seasons...Was limited to designated
hitter duties for most of the season due to a left
shoulder subluxation and left achilles tendinitis... Ranked
3rd among A.L. designated hitters in RBI and 4th in home
runs (made a total of 119 starts as the DH)... Hit a pair of
grand slams - on April 16 off Kansas City's Tim Belcher and
on June 24 off Steve Reed at San Francisco (the June 24
shot was the 100th grand slam in Oakland's club history)...
Homered in 5 consecutive games from July 30
through Aug. 3, tying the Athletics' franchise record for consecutive
games with a home run... tied career high with 6
RBI on May 9 vs. Chicago (AL)... Batted .409 (18-for-44)
during career-high 12-game hitting streak from May 4-21...
went 5-for-11 (.455) as a pinch hitter and shared the league
lead with 8 RBI.
Spent his 1st full season in the Majors with Oakland...
Had 1st Major League 2-homer game on May 14 vs.
Milwaukee...Earned American League Player-of-the-Week
honors for the week of July 14-20 after going 11-for-18
(.611) with 10 runs scored, 5 home runs and 11 RBI... Hit a
grand slam off Norm Charlton on Sept. 28 at Seattle in his final
at bat of the season.
Tied a Major League record for outfielders with 2 assists
in the 4th inning on April 16 at Texas... was designated
for assignment on April 23... Returned to the Athletics on
July 4 and spent the rest of season in the Majors... Matched
a Major League record (12th time) with 6 RBI in an inning in
a 16-8 win vs. California on July 5... Hit his 1st career grand
slam and delivered a 2-run single in the 1st inning.
Began season with Pawtucket (Red Sox AAA)... Hit
.347 with 8 doubles, 7 homers and 22 RBI during the month
of May to earn International League Player of the Month
honors... Was recalled by Boston on June 23... Connected
off Tom Gordon at Kansas City for his 1st Major League
home run on July5...Was optioned back to Triple-A on Aug.
15, but returned to Boston on Aug. 30.
1995 POST-SEASON: Went hitless in 1 at bat during the Division
Series against Cleveland.
Was named to the Eastern League mid-season
All-Star team and won MVP honors in the game.
Played in 3 different cities in 3 different countries...
Began the season with Montreal, but was sent to Ottawa
(AAA) on April 8 before appearing in a game with the Expos...
Recalled by Montreal on May 30 and appeared in just
6 games, 5 as a pinch hitter...Had contract sold and was
assigned to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central
League on June 8.
Was recalled by Montreal on May 28... Became the
7th Canadian player to play for the Expos when he appeared
as a pinch hitter at Cincinnati on May 29 (ML Debut)...
Recorded his 1st Major League hit on May 31, a
2-run single off Jose Rijo on May 31 at Cincinnati... Was
optioned back to Indy on June 11, but returned to Montreal
on June 19.
Was selected the Eastern League's Most Valuable
Player and also earned league mid-season and post-season
all-star honors... led the league in batting, hits, slugging
percentage (.509) and total bases (257)...Tied for the
league lead in triples and intentional walks (8)... Hit for the
cycle on Aug. 23 vs. New Britain, finishing the feat with a
Split season between West Palm Beach (Expos' A) and Jacksonville (Expos' AA) ... Hit .287 with six homers and 64 RBI in 134 contests ... Was named to Florida State League mid-season All-Star team ... Earned Player-of-the-Week honors in the Florida State League for the week of 4/6-15 and was named Montreal's organizational Player-of-the-Month for the month of April after hitting .417 with 15 RBI ... Made a total of 89 appearances at third base, 23 at shortstop, 18 in the outfield and four at second base.
Signed with Montreal as a non-drafted free agent on 1/17 ... Played at three different levels in the Expos' farm system and combined to hit .244 in 94 games.