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Max Poulin honoured by Goldeyes

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Max Poulin bid adieu to his career as a player today as the Winnipeg Goldeyes made official the announcement that the baseball club will retire the stellar shortstop's No. 6 this spring.

The native of St. Eustache, Que., who played with his heart on his sleeve for eight seasons (2001-2008) with the Goldeyes, wore it that way once again at the press conference at the playing field now known as Shaw Park.

Poulin fought back tears as he spoke emotionally of his baseball career and time with the Goldeyes.

"The Goldeyes have been really good to me for eight years and I have to say thank-you to a lot of people," said Poulin, who played in a team record 676 games and holds four team records.

"When you start playing ball you don't think about getting your jersey retired. You dream about playing professionally, being able to be on the field where's there's a lot of fans. Now today, retiring my jersey, it's a great honour."

Poulin's best Goldeyes' season was his last with the Goldeyes when he posted a .983 fielding percentage with just seven errors in 407 defensive plays.

The Goldeyes will officially retire the No. 6 on June 14 prior to that night's American Association game against Sioux Falls Pheasants.

Poulin, who makes his home in Winnipeg, will be the third player to have his number retired by the Goldeyes organization. Poulin's No. 6 will join the No. 5 of Brian Duva and the No. 21 of Donnie Smith.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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