April 3, 2013 - American Association (AA) - Sioux Falls Canaries
SIOUX FALLS - Now that Sioux Falls' professional baseball team has welcomed home the Canaries name, the team will welcome home some of its greatest players in team history.
The Sioux Falls Canaries are launching the Canaries Hall of Fame for the 2013 season, and they seek fan input on which players to induct. Inductees will be unveiled throughout the season on Hall of Fame Mondays during Monday home games at Sioux Falls Stadium.
A preliminary list of candidates has been determined by a selection committee, and the Canaries invite fans to give feedback. Fans can do so via an online survey available at the Canaries new website, http://sfcanaries.com/press-box/hall-of-fame/
Responses will be collected through April 12, and final selections will be made by the selection committee and team front office.
To be eligible for the Canaries Hall of Fame, players must a) have played one season in Sioux Falls; b) be two season removed from playing in Sioux Falls; and c) be retired from playing professional baseball. The selection committee is comprised of team front office personnel, league staff, media representatives, and select community members.
Below is a list of the eight preliminary candidates:
- Abner Arroyo (2005 - 2007) -- Arroyo posted three consecutive strong seasons, never hitting below .314 and often flashing leather in the infield. He has a career .322 average and he ranks fifth in career RBI (168). As a line-drive, left-handed gap hitter, Arroyo collected 71 doubles, third most in team history. He also hit 30 home runs and notched 168 RBI.
- Pedro Guerrero (1993-1994) - Bringing with him a very successful 15-year major-league career, Guerrero joined the inaugural Canaries roster in 1993 and brought instant credibility to the rejuvenated Northern League. Across two seasons, Guerrero hit .311, swatted 11 home runs and collected 80 home runs.
- Richard Hyde (1994, 1996-2001) -- Hyde has been on a Sioux Falls roster for more seasons than any other player in team history and sits atop the team leader board for nearly every significant career pitching category. He ranks first in wins (53), games (121), complete games (15), innings pitched (787) and strikeouts (519). Hyde was an example of consistency and longevity, notching eight or more wins in all but one season and logging more than 100 innings in all but two seasons. His career record is 53-33 with a 3.60 ERA. Hyde earned back-to-back all-star honors in 1999 and 2000 and helped Sioux Falls to its first playoff appearance in 2001.
- Pat Mahomes (2007 - 2009) -- Mahomes joined the Canaries after an accomplished major-league career. Over two and half seasons in Sioux Falls, Mahomes amassed a 24-11 record with a 3.84 ERA. He ranks third all-time in wins (24), complete games (8) and strikeouts (246). In 2007, he went 12-3 in 19 starts with a 3.21 ERA, striking out 109 batters and earning league all-star honors. His 12 wins tied for second all-time in a season. In 2008, Mahomes was a key member of the Canaries' championship rotation, going 10-6 and striking out 105 men.
- Felix Pagan (2000-2004) - Pagan, a Puerto Rican native nicknamed "El Gato", is the career leader in nearly every major offensive category - home runs (65), RBI (235), hits (416), total bases (700), and extra-base hits (147). Pagan strung together five straight seasons of solid production, with three seasons hitting above .300 and never below .280. His strongest season was 2001, when he earned Northern League all-star honors for hitting .331 with 19 home runs and 66 RBI. He collected 127 hits and swiped 13 bases. The versatile defender played several positions, both infield and outfield.
- Charles Peterson (1999-2001, 2003) - Peterson is near the top of the career leader board in many offensive categories. Along with a .318 career average, he displayed power with 45 career home runs and speed with 47 stolen bases. He amassed 203 RBI, 373 hits and 582 total bases. No Sioux Falls player has played more games in the outfield (257). Peterson earned an all-star status in 2001 for a blistering .364 average with 16 home runs and 76 RBI.
- Chris Powell (1993-1994, 1996-1997) - Powell was remarkably consistent across his four seasons and 210 games with Sioux Falls. He never posted an average below .300 or an on-base percentage below .400. His strongest season was 1994, when he led the team with .357 average and 105 hits. Powell is the team career leader in triples (17). His arm and glove were equally potent weapons. He is the team career leader in outfield assists (42) and putouts (494).
- Beau Torbert (2008-2010) is a two-time American Association Player of the Year and ranks first in career average (.358), second in home runs (55) and second in RBIs (231). In 2010, Torbert posted one of the best offensive outputs in the history of the league. He won the batting title with a .394 batting average, a team record and a league record at the time. He finished second in the league with 24 home runs, and his 100 RBI was tops in the league and a new team record. Torbert amassed 155 hits for the season, breaking the previous league record and team records for a single season. He also set a league record for total bases in one season (269). For his outstanding output, Torbert earned Baseball America's Independent Player of the Year, independent baseball's highest prize. Torbert also won Player of the Year honors in 2008, leading the Canaries to their only championship.
The Sioux Falls Canaries begin their 21st season on May 16, 2013. Their home opener is May 17 against the Sioux City Explorers. Information about season tickets and advertising with the Sioux Falls Canaries is available by calling (605) 336-6060 or visiting www.sfcanaries.com.