But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach

Baseball Card of the Week: 1992 Upper Deck Mike Gardiner. This right-hander from Sarnia, Ont., pitched in parts of six big league seasons with the Mariners, Red Sox, Expos and Tigers. He currently resides in Charlotte, N.C.

Baseball Card of the Week: 1992 Upper Deck Mike Gardiner. This right-hander from Sarnia, Ont., pitched in parts of six big league seasons with the Mariners, Red Sox, Expos and Tigers. He currently resides in Charlotte, N.C.

This is the back of Gardiner's 1992 Upper Deck card. Here's a detailed article I wrote about Gardiner for my blog.

This is the back of Gardiner’s 1992 Upper Deck card. Here’s a detailed article that I wrote about Gardiner for my blog.

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

– Congratulations to Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster who became the 10th Canadian player to be part of a World Series-winning team when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals last night. A starter during the regular season, the Canuck right-hander pitched three innings in relief for the Red Sox in the post-season. He’s the first Canadian to toil for a World Series-winning squad since Matt Stairs (St. John, N.B.)  suited up for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has compiled a complete list of Canadians who have World Series rings here.

– Montreal Expos great and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Tim Raines, has joined Twitter. You can follow him at @TimRaines30

– Speaking of former Expos, it’s good to see that Tim Wallach is being considered one of the early favorites for the Detroit Tigers managerial opening. The Expos’ all-time leader in games played and current Los Angeles Dodgers’ third base coach will also be interviewed by the Seattle Mariners for the vacancy in their dugout.

– Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network reports that Stratford, Ont., native and longtime New York Yankees coach, Rob Thomson, has also been identified as a managerial candidate by the Seattle Mariners.

– Happy Birthday to former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Fred McGriff, who turns 50 today. This makes me want to dress up as a “Crime Dog” for Halloween.

– An interesting article on the Ballpark Digest site reports that when you divide their number of wins by their payroll, the Toronto Blue Jays paid $1,588,214 per win in 2013. That was the eighth most among big league clubs. Not surprisingly, the Yankees paid the most per win ($2,692,182), while the Astros forked out the least ($432,600).

– How’s this for a 1994 Montreal Expos reunion? Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) ran into his former Expos manager Felipe Alou at a restaurant in Florida on October 7. Walker had a photo taken of him and his daughters with Alou and posted it on his Twitter account (@cdnmooselips33).

– And finally, Happy Halloween to the Canadian baseball player with the spookiest name: Michael Monster. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-handed pitcher, Monster is a Kelowna, B.C., native who was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft. From what I can tell, Monster is not pitching in the professional ranks. If you have any further information on his whereabouts, let me know.

– If you haven’t already done so, please “LIKE” the Cooperstowners in Canada Facebook page. I update this page regularly with links to Canadian baseball stories. Thanks again for all your support.

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