Having played 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos, current Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday. Also receiving the honor alongside Wallach were former Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne, former Expos general manager Murray Cook and former scout and coach the late Jim Ridley.
Among the four inductees, Murray and Ridley are native Canadians. In order to be present for the ceremony, Wallach isn’t with the Dodgers as they’re currently in San Diego for a three-game set. During his time as an Expo, Wallach collected three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards and was named to five All-Star teams.
Wallach also holds the Expos’ franchise record for most games played, hits, doubles and RBIs. At the induction ceremony, Wallach expressed his gratitude for receiving the honor, via Matthew Ross on MLB.com:
It’s an exciting day,” said Wallach. “I was surprised and honored to receive the call. I enjoyed my time in Montreal and the Expos fans. While we did contend during my time there, it was disappointing that we never got to a World Series. As good as you might be, nothing is guaranteed in baseball.”
Wallach’s last season with the Expos was 1992. He then went on to play three full seasons with the Dodgers and split a fourth (in 1996) between the Boys in Blue and the Angels. A career .259 hitter with the Expos, there wasn’t much of a drop off for Wallach during his time as a Dodger.
Prior to joining the Dodgers’ staff one of Wallach’s stops was in Albuquerque, where he managed the Isotopes in 2009 and 2010. Wallach then became the Dodgers third base coach from 2011-2013 and he’s now in his first season as manager Don Mattingly’s bench coach.
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