But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Help could be on its way for the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen from a veteran Canadian, provided that the club can clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) has allowed just one hitContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson”

Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast two memorable firsts. On April 11, 1955, when he hurled 1-2/3 innings in relief for the Baltimore Orioles againstContinue reading “Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Steve Rogers, Scott Diamond

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Get well soon to Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) who revealed last Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Walker was scheduled to take part in the All-Star Game festivities in Denver, Colo., but he was forced toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Steve Rogers, Scott Diamond”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to re-open on Tuesday

July 16, 2021 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is excited to announce that it will open for the season on Tuesday, July 20. “On behalf of our board of directors and our staff, I’m looking forward to welcoming visitors back to St. Marys toContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to re-open on Tuesday”

Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty-eight years ago yesterday, Luis Leal tossed a two-hit shutout for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 8-0 win over the eventual American League West champion Chicago White Sox on a steamy night at Comiskey Park. It was the 26-year-old right-hander’s first major league shutout. “It was warm likeContinue reading “Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Black, Richard Trembecki, Rob Ducey, Ryan Dempster

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -The first round of the MLB draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. E.T. Thirty-six selections – including each team’s first-round pick and the seven Competitive Balance A picks – will be announced tonight and there’s a decent chance thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Black, Richard Trembecki, Rob Ducey, Ryan Dempster”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada A player born in Canada will be competing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 23rd time in the past 24 Midsummer Classics. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s all-starContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Josh Naylor, Dustin Molleken, Pat Hentgen

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., was voted the American League’s starting first baseman for the All-Star Game which will take place at Coors Field on July 13. With this, he becomesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Josh Naylor, Dustin Molleken, Pat Hentgen”

Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In an era dominated by self-absorbed, steroid-supported sluggers, Carlos Delgado might be best remembered for his smile. The charismatic ex-Toronto Blue Jay even managed to smile throughout his retirement press conference in April 2011, when he finally conceded that his 38-year-old body would no longer permit him to playContinue reading “Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Nick Pivetta, Charles Bronfman, Bartolo Colon

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -The Atlanta Braves shared in a medical update on Twitter on Saturday that Canadian right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has re-torn his right Achilles tendon. The 23-year-old Canuck felt a pop in his Achilles while walking to the clubhouseContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Nick Pivetta, Charles Bronfman, Bartolo Colon”