Blue Jays broadcasters and analysts: A look at their playing days
73 games played in 4 MLB seasons
Some Canadian content lands on the list in the form of Joe Siddall, a native of Windsor, Ontario who currently teams with Jerry Howarth for radio broadcasts while occasionally joining the booth on the television side.
Another catcher, Siddall was signed by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 1987 but did not make his major league debut until 1993. He saw further big league action in 1995 with Montreal, 1996 with the Florida Marlins, and 1998 with the Detroit Tigers, giving him 158 career plate appearances.
He enjoyed a long minor league career, though, appearing in 869 games including 441 at the triple-A level.
Siddall’s strongest minor league season came north of the border with the triple-A Ottawa Lynx. The left-handed hitter posted a .360 on-base percentage in 57 games that season and drove in 16 runs.
He played well the year prior, too, with the triple-A Charlotte Knights as a member of the Marlins organization. Siddall appeared in 65 games that year, producing a triple-slash of .280 / .330 / .407 with 13 doubles, three home runs and 20 runs batted in.
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The ‘Whoa’ Stat:
One. Siddall has a single big-league home run to his credit, which came on August 7th of 1998 in his final year in the major leagues. The deep fly came off left-hander Jeff Fassero, a former Expo who pitched over 2,000 MLB innings.