ST. MARY'S ONTARIO -- Former big-league pitcher Ryan Dempster, who settled in the Denver area after his retirement from pitching, took time to praise Rockies bench Mike Redmond in the course of Dempster acceptance pitch during his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend in St. Marys
"Mike Redmond was the greatest teammate I ever had," Dempster said. "He wanted to win every pitch whether he was playing or not. I remember my final start of 1999. His father was ill, but he still caught me. I'll never forget he told me 'Don't ever take it for granted that you will play this game forever, I thought I would have my father forever. Now I know he won't be around all the time.'"
Dempster pitched eight scoreless for the Marlins, who pulled out a 1-0, 10-inning victory.
Rob Thomson, the current Phillies bench coach and former Yankee coach who has five World Series rings for his efforts, and former Blue Jays general manager Gord Ash, a part of the Jays front office for two World Series, were inducted along iwth Tempster. Former outfielder Jason Bay, who played with the Pirates and Red Sox, also was inducted.
Dempster also had a good-natured recognition of Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, who is enshrined in Cooperstown as well as Canada.
"I didn't think it was fair that you led all the pitching categories," said Dempster. "So I did some research .... I beat you in walks, I barely beat you in hit batters and you didn't come close to the 12 grand slams I allowed."