Davis Schneider to donate MLB debut uniform to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Schneider will now be a part of baseball history in more ways than one

Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays
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When it comes to Davis Schneider and the Toronto Blue Jays, no one will ever forget the record-breaking debut he had with the club that very weekend in Boston in August 2023. Schneider became the first player in MLB history to record 9 hits and 2 home runs in their first three games. For someone that was a late 28th round pick from the 2017 MLB Draft, nobody expected such a booming introduction to the major leagues, except maybe the confident Schneider himself.

That amazing feat will now be forever part of Canadian history as Schneider donated his game-used debut uniform and gear to the Canadian Hall of Fame. In an interview (subscription required) with Jays Journal alum Tyson Shushkewich of the Canadian Baseball Network, Schneider expressed his sincere appreciation for having such a distinguished honour to do so.

“I definitely have a lot of gratitude that they were even interested. Opportunities such as this don’t come around often and I am incredibly grateful to have my jersey in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Schneider.

Not only was Schneider in awe, but his family were grateful of the honour as well.

“Having his uniform in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is surreal. We are so honoured to have his uniform there, in the same place as Joe Carter’s and all the other Canadian legends. Davis reached his dream. As parents, we, and his sisters, couldn’t be prouder,” Schneider’s father Steve explained.

As a matter of fact, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame was just as excited to have Schneider as part of their exhibit for everyone to peruse and admire.

"We are thrilled to add Davis Schneider's uniform from his record-breaking first weekend with the Blue Jays to our collection … we won't soon forget Davis hitting a home run in his first at bat and then becoming the first player in major league history to register nine hits and two home runs in their first three major league games in that series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in early August," the Chair of the Hall’s Board of Directors Jeremy Diamond remarked.

Back at the time, Schneider was shocked when he heard the news that he earned a promotion to the major leagues. But boy did he take full advantage of it and doesn’t appear to be looking back any time soon.

In total, despite some struggles towards the end of last season, Schneider finished with a solid .278 batting average and a stellar 1.008 OPS, along with 23 runs scored, 12 doubles, 8 home runs, 20 RBI, 21 walks and 43 strikeouts in just 35 total games in 2023. He will be vying for a spot on the Jays’ Opening Day roster this spring by providing his flexibility to play both in the infield as well as the outfield.

If he can in any way replicate the production he provided in his brief final two months of 2023 over the course of an entire season, there’s no doubt we will be seeing him in action in a starting role soon and for a long, long time.