A Maine man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary in connection with the theft at the home of former Major League Baseball player Matt Stairs, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Jamie Bouchard, 34, admitted to breaking into the Stairs home and several others in different communities in Maine, according to the newspaper.

The New Brunswick baseball player was in Fredericton last June to be inducted into the province's Hall of Fame when the break-in happened.

"Well I've got a feeling they knew what they wanted. I believe they were looking for the World Series ring and, of course, I had that with me," Stairs said in an interview last summer.

Several pieces of jewelry were stolen, including his National League and American League championship rings and a National League championship pendant belonging to his wife.

Some of the family's jewelry was recovered after the theft, but not the championship rings.

The long-time major leaguer has since moved to Fredericton and is head coach of the Fredericton High School hockey team.

Stairs holds major league records for the most pinch-hit home runs (23) and the most teams played for (13).

Stairs, a Fredericton native, won a World Series title with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, when he hit a game-winning home run in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

He retired with 265 career home runs, 897 runs batted in and a .263 batting average, and accepted a sportscast commentator position with the Boston Red Sox earlier this year.