Matt Stairs played for 12 franchises in his extensive Major League career and was one of the most prolific power hitters to come out of Canada. Stairs slugged 265 career home runs and holds the all-time MLB record with 23 as a pinch-hitter. Phillies’ fans will best remember Stairs’ moonshot in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS off the Dodgers’ Jonathan Broxton that led them to victory.
During Stairs’ 1991 season in Harrisburg, he hit .333 with 78 RBIs, 13 HRs, and 23 SBs. For his efforts, he topped Jim Thome and Jeromy Burnitz to win the Eastern League MVP.
Stairs’ career came to an end when the Nationals released him in the middle of the 2011 season. He now coaches ice hockey in Bangor, Maine where his daughters attend high school. This past Wednesday Stairs celebrated his 45th birthday.