\u201cWhen he finished playing baseball, he went on to try to make baseball on ice into a thing,\u201d Cronsberry said. \u201cHe is like, I am a Canadian, I like hockey, I like baseball and I should be able to do both at the same time. He didn\u2019t succeed, obviously, because that is not a thing we do, but I just really like that he tried.\u201dThe modern inductees have more traditional r\u00e9sum\u00e9s. While Yankees fans will flock to Cooperstown for closer Mariano Rivera\u2019s induction, it was Thomson, the Phillies bench coach who spent 28 seasons in the Yankees organization, who was honored in St. Mary\u2019s last month.During his speech, Thomson, who played on the Canadian Olympic team in 1984, recalled his first experience in the major leagues, as a special assignment instructor for the Yankees in 2004. After the memorable Game 7 American League Championship Series loss to the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium that year, Thomson walked into Manager Joe Torre\u2019s office and asked, \u201cSkip, how are you doing?\u201dTorre looked up over his glasses.\u201cI\u2019m doing fine,\u201d Torre said, \u201cbut I\u2019m a little worried about you.\u201d\u201cWhat are you talking about?\u201d Thomson said.\u201cBecause we never did this before until you got here,\u201d Torre said.Many of the Canadian inductees are aware that their credentials would not get them to Cooperstown, which has welcomed 323 inductees since opening in 1939. The process for induction to the Canadian hall is not far from its American counterpart: Nominees must be retired for three years; either be Canadian or \u201chave done something significant in baseball in Canada,\u201d according to the hall\u2019s website; and must receive 75 percent of a vote by a group of 24 people including members of the news media, past inductees, historians and executives. One more link between the two halls will be added on Sunday. Roy Halladay, who was inducted into the Canadian hall in 2017, four months before he died when the small plane he was piloting crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, will be enshrined posthumously in Cooperstown. Ash, who drafted Halladay in 1995 when he was the Blue Jays\u2019 general manager, recalled the message that Halladay concluded his speech with in St. Mary\u2019s.