Dan Harder joined the Lower Mainland Baseball Association in 1995 as a member of the Aldergrove Giants in the league’s 30-plus division and his many contributions during the past two decades were recognized when he received the LMBA’s 20 Year Award prior to Sunday night’s game at South Aldergrove Park.
Dan Harder has participated as a player and manager in all three of the LMBA’s age divisions. His play on the field and his leadership as manager enabled the Aldergrove Giants to win four league titles and two playoff championships in the 30-plus division.
In 2004 Dan became a member of the Delta Stars in the LMBA’s 45-plus division and he has contributed to five divisional titles.
As he was playing in the LMBA, Dan was heavily involved with his son Jacob and his friends as they progressed through Aldergrove Minor Baseball. The Aldergrove Giants transitioned into the LMBA’s 18-plus division and under his management the team won three divisional titles and one league championship.
Dan suited up occasionally with the youngsters and this enabled him to catch Jacob, one of the league’s premier pitchers.
Two long-time members of the Giants, Tyler Jones and Jordan Fatkin received their 10 Year Awards at the same time and joined a long list of Giants players who have made many significant contributions to the LMBA.
“The LMBA provides an opportunity for any player to continue their career at any age level,” said Dan Harder. “It has also provided an opportunity to play on the same team as my son and we have celebrated several playing highlights as starting pitcher/catcher and hitting back to back doubles on Father’s Day. You will not have the same opportunities in any other league in Canada.”
“Dan has been a valued member of the LMBA for 20 seasons as a player, coach, manager, and team representative. He has a tremendous understanding and respect for the game – his contributions have been greatly appreciated,” said LMBA Commissioner, Dan Taylor.