Top Canadian Baseball Stories of 2010 – Part 2

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Here’s part two of my look back at the top Canadian baseball stories of 2010 (in no particular order):

Ex-Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne wins Ford C. Frick
While Jays fans lobbied for Tom Cheek to win the Ford C. Frick Award, it has to be considered a victory for Canadian baseball that longtime Expos play-by-play man, Dave Van Horne, was named the 2011 recipient. The voice of the Expos for 32 years, Van Horne called the club’s first game on April 8, 1969 and their last game (sadly as a member of the Florida Marlins broadcast team) on September 29, 2004. His “El Presidente . . . El Perfecto” call after Dennis Martinez’s perfect game on July 28, 1991 is one of the most famous calls in Canadian sports history. The National Baseball Hall of Fame hands out the Ford C. Frick annually to recognize broadcasting excellence.

Two Canadians complete a trade involving a Canadian
On December 6, Canadian Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos acquired Canuck prospect Brett Lawrie from Doug Melvin, the Canadian GM of the Milwaukee Brewers, for Shaun Marcum. This appears to be the only time in big league history that two Canadian GMs have completed a trade involving a Canadian player.

Ryan Dempster wins his 100th career game
Sechelt, B.C. native Ryan Dempster became just the fourth Canadian to win 100 games in the big leagues when he shutout the Milwaukee Brewers on September 11. Dempster would record two more victories before the season ended, and is poised to pass Reggie Cleveland (105 wins) and Kirk McCaskill (106 wins) and move into second place on the all-time Canadian wins list. Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins ranks first with 284 wins.

John Axford enjoys breakout rookie year
Simcoe, Ont., native John Axford enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010. Supplanting all-time big league saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, as the Brewers closer, the Canuck right-hander, who was out of baseball as recently as 2007, recorded eight wins, 24 saves and a 2.48 ERA in his rookie campaign.

Stubby Clapp named minor league manager
With his all-out hustle and grit, Stubby Clapp won the hearts of fans wherever he played. Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round of the 1996 draft, the sparkplug, 5-foot-8, 175-pound Windsor native overcame almost insurmountable odds to play 23 big league games in 2001. After serving as a coach in the Houston Astros organization for the past three seasons, the Canadian national team mainstay will manage the short-season Tri-City ValleyCats in 2011.

Max St. Pierre plays first big league game
After 13 arduous seasons in the minors, Quebec City native Max St. Pierre made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers on September 4, 2010. The 30-year-old Canuck would play in six games for the Tigers in 2010 and record two hits.

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  1. Really eh? That’s interesting. I thought Ash/Melvin had been more active with the Jays. One thing’s for sure: they’re always battling it out to see who drafts more Canadians. That said, I noticed Milwaukee didn’t take many this year, while the Jays took a bunch again I believe. It really is a Canadian movement!

    1. cooperstownersincanada – Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.
      cooperstownersincanada says:

      Thanks for the comment, Todd. I think the Lawrie trade is the first that involved a Canadian between two Canadian GMs, but I’m not 100% certain. Yes, 2010 was a great year for Canadian baseball!

  2. Devon Teeple – Highly motivated and hard-working professional offering solid business skills in both baseball and corporate enterprises. Lifetime’s experience in athletics, culminating with a pro contract in 2001. Intimate knowledge of the athletic industry from the inside, with specific knowledge of what it takes to win, on the field and in the back office. Outgoing and extremely hard working with a passion for athletics and an ability to contribute immediately.
    Devon says:

    Looking forward to part 3 and 4!!

    John Axford, when you think about it was as good as any relief guy in the league.

    8-2 with 24 saves, that is legit.

    1. cooperstownersincanada – Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.
      cooperstownersincanada says:

      Devon,

      Thanks for the comment.

      John Axford was a great story indeed.

      Kevin

  3. I always love reading your blog, Kevin, but it’s especially enjoyable now, in the middle of winter and after the holidays. Hard to believe, but spring training starts next month!

    1. cooperstownersincanada – Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.
      cooperstownersincanada says:

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I can hardly wait until Spring Training. Love your blog as well.

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