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Baseball Canada to honor Amanda Asay, who retired 19th overall from National Women’s Team

Baseball Canada plans to officially retire No. 19 from the Women’s National Team roster in honor of Amanda Asay, who died in a skiing accident in January at the age of 33.

A memorial patch will also be unveiled at a ceremony Sunday outside a Toronto Blue Jays baseball academy youth clinic being held in his memory in Nelson, B.C., the federation said.

Asay joined the program in 2005 and has helped the national team win five World Cup medals. She also helped Canada win silver at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor Amanda by retiring her number and with a commemorative patch that our players and staff will proudly wear,” Women’s National Team manager Aaron Myette said in a statement Saturday.

Myette, Baseball Canada CEO Jason Dickson, Women’s National Team Coach Ashley Stephenson and several current and former players will be on hand for the ceremony.

Asay won the Women’s National Team Most Valuable Player award in 2006 and 2016.

The patch will be worn this summer when Canada takes on the United States in a five-game friendly series in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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