But What Do I Know? … Carlos Delgado, Russell Martin, Joey Votto

Canadian Baseball Card of the Week: 1992 Classic Nigel Wilson. This Oshawa, Ont., native was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987. After advancing as high as Double-A in the Jays system, he was the Florida Marlins’ first pick in the 1992 expansion draft. He played parts of three seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, Reds and Indians, before being signed by the Nippon Ham Fighters. In five seasons in Japan, he became a star, belting 119 home runs and leading the Nippon Professional Baseball League in four-baggers three times. He returned to North America after the 2002 season and now serves as a baseball instructor at The Competitive Edge in Ajax, Ont.

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):

– Now that Carlos Delgado is set to join the Toronto Blue Jays’ Level of Excellence this Sunday, it’s my hope that the next celebration of his career will take place at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., in June 2014. The Blue Jays’ all-time leader in numerous offensive categories – including home runs (336) and RBIs (1,058) – is the most qualified former Jay not already enshrined in the Canuck ball hall. Other ex-Jays worthy of consideration are Duane Ward, Jimmy Key and Pat Hentgen. Tim Wallach, Dennis Martinez and Felipe Alou – all of whom enjoyed lengthy tenures with the Montreal Expos – also merit a look.

– According to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Russell Martin (East York, Ont.) has become the 15th Canadian to play 1,000 big league games. He played in that milestone contest on Sunday.

– Happy Birthday to 2006 Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Larry McLean, who would’ve turn 132 today. The 6-foot-5 catcher, who was born in Fredericton, N.B., played parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues between 1901 and 1915. To read more about him, follow this link: http://baseballhalloffame.ca/museum/inductees/john-mclean/

– Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto may want to skip the next all-star game. After Tuesday’s contest – his fourth Midsummer Classic – Votto is now 0-for-9 at the event.

– Quasi-Canadian (as he calls himself on Twitter) Mark Teahen is now with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League. In 26 games with the club, he has belted four homers and driven in 15 runs. Despite being released by both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers this season, Teahen has maintained his sense of humour. On July 10, he tweeted, “Holding down #1 spot on my Bucket List is … Don’t die.”

– In my ongoing attempt to keep up with members of the 1994 Montreal Expos, I discovered that back-up first baseman Randy Milligan is now scouting for the Baltimore Orioles. Milligan played eight seasons in the big leagues, finishing his career with the Expos in 1994. When you look at his stats, you can’t help but think he was about 10 years before his time. He was a Moneyball player before anyone knew what Moneyball was. Milligan posted a .391 career on-base percentage in an era when that stat didn’t mean as much as it should have.

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3 thoughts on “But What Do I Know? … Carlos Delgado, Russell Martin, Joey Votto

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  1. Thanks for the Expos update. Always looking for those.
    All the Jays and Expos you listed are good candidates for the Hall of Fame for sure.
    Let’s hope Teahen knocks the stuffin out of the ball and makes it back to the big leagues. He’s one of the nicest guys.

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