My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):
I can understand the Blue Jays’ decision to move Jose Bautista to third base until Brett Lawrie recovers from his broken hand. But the idea of Corey Patterson, Rajai Davis and Eric Thames patrolling the outfield together is truly frightening. All are below average outfielders.
Here’s a link to an interesting interview with Sports Illustrated writer, Jeff Pearlman, who also wrote a book about 1986 New York Mets called “The Bad Guys Won.” In the interview, Pearlman discusses Gary Carter’s relationship with his Montreal Expos teammates: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/call-to-the-bullpen/2011/06/22/this-call-to-the-bullpen
Speaking of the Expos, they were well represented at Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame festivities last weekend in St. Marys, Ont. Among the former Expos present were Jim Fanning, Derek Aucoin, Bill Atkinson, Larry Landreth and Galen Cisco (who served as the Expos pitching coach from 1980 to 1984).
And speaking of the Expos again: Jonah Keri, the author of “The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First,” a brilliant book about the Tampa Bay Rays, will be writing the definitive history of the Montreal Expos. For more information, follow this link: http://jonahkeri.com/2011/06/22/new-montreal-expos-book/
No matter how many times I meet Fergie Jenkins, I’m still awestruck and a little tongue-tied. The Chatham, Ont., native made his annual trek to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in St. Marys, Ont., last weekend.
The Phillies recalled Vancouver, B.C. native Scott Mathieson on June 24. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound right-hander pitched three scoreless innings for the Phils in May.
I still think the Brandon Morrow for Brandon League trade will turn out to be a steal for the Jays, but for the first time I’m starting to wonder. League has an American League-leading 21 saves this season for the Mariners, while Morrow owns a 4.90 ERA.
How is it that St. Thomas, Ont., native Jack Graney, the first player turned broadcaster, and the radio voice of the Cleveland Indians from 1932 to 1953 has never won the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award? When his former broadcasting partner, Jimmy Dudley won the honour in 1997, he said, “If anyone deserves the Ford C. Frick Award for play-by-play work, it’s Jack Graney.”