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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals baseball
SLP2003072811- ST. LOUIS, July 28 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Stairs singles in an R.B.I. during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 28, 2003. Stairs started the day in his 1000th career game. bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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Matthew Wade Stairs (born February 27, 1968) is a Canadian professional baseball outfielder, first baseman, designated hitter, and pinch hitter who is a free agent. He has played for 13 different teams, a major league record. (He surpassed the previous record of 12, once held by pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone.)

He was the second Canadian-born player to ever hit more than thirty-five home runs in a season and only the second to hit more than 25 home runs and drive in more than 100 runs in back-to-back seasons. He ranks either first or second in power hitting categories for Canadian major leaguers. As of 14 September 2010 (2010 -09-14), Stairs had hit 23 pinch-hit home runs, a MLB record. His ability to pinch hit has made him a valuable asset to several teams and earned him the nickname "Matt Stairs - Professional Hitter". Stairs and Larry Walker are the only Canadian MLB players to hit more than 250 career home runs.

Growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Stairs showed athletic ability at an early age, playing Beaver League baseball a year before his age eligibility and excelling in hockey. After playing Bantam & Midget baseball, at age 16 and 17, he played for the local Marysville Royals of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League and was voted "Rookie of The Year" in 1984 and the league's Most Valuable Player in 1985. He was also named Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League MVP in 1987 and '88 while playing for the Fredericton Schooners.

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