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Ryan Bird inducted to Frontier League Hall of Fame

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MARION (WSIL)-- Since the 2014 season, the Frontier League has enshrined a class in the Frontier League Hall of Fame, honoring those selected at the league's All-Star game each year, but with the Frontier League All-Stars facing the Can-Am League All-Stars this year, instead the 2019 class were inducted individually at their home stadiums. This year, pitching great Ryan Bird became the third Miner to bestow that honor.

Southern Illinois will always feel like a second home for Ryan Bird, as he returns to Rent One Park once again to be enshrined in Frontier League immortality.

"Seeing Mike and seeing Bill Lee, seeing a lot of folks that I haven't seen in a few years, it's great. It's great catching up. I love this place, it's a special place in my heart," said Bird.

The last time Bird stepped foot on the field at Rent One Park was when his number was retired by the Miners back in 2015, returning now as a Hall of Fame member in the Frontier League.

"It's unbelievable, when you think about how you're name is going to be carried on in baseball, there's no better honor than a Hall of Fame," said Bird.

Bird was an unstoppable force in his heyday, Between 2008 and 2009, Bird won a league-record 17 consecutive decisions that still stands to this day, and Bird is still the Miners' all-time leader in career strikeouts while ranking tied for first in career victories, and even then, Bird was still shocked when he got the call.

"When Bill Lee gave me the call, I was speechless, chills up and down my spine. I was like, 'Wow, this is awesome' and I'm so thankful," said Bird.

Bird becomes the third Miner to be inducted into the Frontier League Hall Fame, behind two of his former teammates in Stephen Holdren and Joey Metropoulos. Bird credits his success to those who backed him on the field all those years.

"The rosters I had, and the guys behind me, my teammates, my brothers, they made my life easy. As long as I threw strikes, and kept my team in the ball game, I knew we had a good chance of winning with the lineup that we had," said Bird.

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