Mitchell Dean Canham (born September 25, 1984) is an American baseball coach and former catcher. He is the head baseball coach at Oregon State University. Canham played college baseball at Oregon State University for Pat Casey from 2004 to 2007. He served as the manager of the Clinton LumberKings in 2016, the Modesto Nuts from 2017 to 2018 and the Arkansas Travelers during the first half of the 2019 season.
Canham playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2008
|Born||September 25, 1984|
|2007–2008||Lake Elsinore Storm|
|2009–2010||San Antonio Missions|
|2011||Sacramento River Cats|
|2012||Long Island Ducks|
|2013||Northwest Arkansas Naturals|
|2013||Omaha Storm Chasers|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
In college, he played for the Oregon State Beavers baseball team. Canham was on both the 2006 and 2007 OSU teams which won back to back NCAA Baseball National Championships at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as the 2005 team which made it there and lost in two games. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball with the 57th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Canham played for the Lake Stevens Junior Athletic Association (LSJAA) Tigers from 1995-1996. Canham attended Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he was a three-sport star and honor student.
Canham was named to the preseason All-American second team by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper and as a third team All-American by Baseball America. He ended the season as a third-team All-American selection by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Canham began his professional career in 2007 with the Short-Season Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League and the Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm. With the Emeralds Canham batted .293 with two home runs, four doubles, one triple, 34 hits and 18 RBIs in 28 games. In just two games with the Storm Canham had no hits and one RBI.
2009 saw Canham a promotion to the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League. He finished the '09 campaign batting .263 with six home runs, 20 doubles, three triples, 107 hits, five stolen bases and 53 RBI in 111 games.
Canham was named the manager of the Clinton LumberKings for the 2016 season. In 2017 and 2018, Canham was the manager of the Modesto Nuts. Canham managed the Arkansas Travelers for the first half of the season before resigning.
On June 13, 2019, Canham was named the head coach for the Oregon State.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Oregon State Beavers (Pac-12 Conference) (2020–present)|
Postseason invitational champion
Canham's mother died while he was a freshman in college. His younger brother, Dustin Canham, died in 2008 while serving with the United States Marines in Djibouti; the circumstances surrounding Dustin Canham's death received national attention based on a perceived cover up by the military and allegations that the death was due to hazing.
Canham's great uncle, Major General Charles D. W. Canham, commanded the 29th Infantry Division's 116th Infantry Regiment during its D-Day landing on Omaha Beach, earning the Distinguished Service Cross for valor in combat.
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