Nick Pivetta May Be (Canadian) Baseball Hall Of Famer After Game 4 Start

Pivetta was lights-out Tuesday


Nick Pivetta may be headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame after his start in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, at least.

Pivetta, who is from Victoria, British Columbia, threw five innings at Fenway Park on Tuesday for the Boston Red Sox. Doing so brought his postseason career innings total to 13 2/3, which ranks second all-time for a Canadian player.

The record is 16 2/3 innings, set by longtime Colorado Rockies starter Jeff Francis.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame recognized his accomplishments in a series of tweets Tuesday.

Pivetta also became the eighth Canadian player to get the start in a playoff game.

All of his postseason innings have come through three games with the Red Sox, with 4 2/3 innings in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and four more in an electric extra-innings showing in Game 3.

While it’s worth noting, Pivetta certainly has a ways to go before he actually has a shot at being inducted into the Hall of Fame. The rules are pretty similar to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York — players must be retired for at least three years to be ballot-eligible and must earn 75% of votes to be inducted.

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