These Canadians played what position?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most of us think of Matt Stairs as a burly outfielder/pinch-hitter with a powerful, slo-pitch-like swing. And we remember Larry Walker as a rifle-armed right fielder and Justin Morneau and Joey Votto as MVP Award-winning first basemen. But none of these Canadian sluggers entered the pro ranks at theseContinue reading “These Canadians played what position?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there! – Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition”

Fun Montreal Expos draft facts: Carter, Dawson, Raines, Rogers, Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada With the 2021 MLB draft set to begin on July 11, I thought it would be fitting to share some draft research I’ve done on some legendary Montreal Expos players over the years. Gary Carter Carter was selected by the Expos in the third round (53rd overall) of theContinue reading “Fun Montreal Expos draft facts: Carter, Dawson, Raines, Rogers, Wallach”

Former Montreal Expos pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant passes away at 85

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who threw the first regular season pitch in Montreal Expos history, passed away on Friday at the age of 85. The Minnesota Twins announced his death on Saturday. No cause of death has been released. Grant died in Los Angeles, where he had been living inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant passes away at 85″

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Tom Cheek, Ernie Whitt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Since being activated from the 10-day injured list on May 27, Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) has been red hot. In his last 14 games, he has hit .345 and clubbed seven home runs. He now has 15Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Tom Cheek, Ernie Whitt”

June 11, 1995: Expos outfielder Rondell White hits for the cycle

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Twenty-six years ago today, Rondell White had the game of his life. Not only did the Montreal Expos outfielder hit for the cycle in his club’s 10-8, 13-inning win over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park, but he also set franchise records for most hits (6) and mostContinue reading “June 11, 1995: Expos outfielder Rondell White hits for the cycle”

Former Expos reliever Mike Marshall passes away at 78

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos closer Mike Marshall passed away on June 1 at the age of 78 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The Los Angeles Dodgers reported his death on their Twitter account after being notified by Marshall’s daughter Rebekah. Marshall died in hospice care in Zephyrhills, Fla. Durable, outspokenContinue reading “Former Expos reliever Mike Marshall passes away at 78”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -As Scott Crawford, of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, noted, Boston Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) recorded his 500th major league strikeout on Wednesday. With that, the hard-throwing hurler became the 15th Canadian to reach thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson”

He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He may have been the most important hitting coach in Montreal Expos history. Yet, even some of the most diehard Expos fans probably won’t remember Mickey Vernon’s tenure as the club’s batting instructor. When the two-time American League batting champion took over as the team’s hitting coach under managerContinue reading “He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Early Friday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said in an interview on the MLB Network that Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) would miss the rest of the season due to nagging issues with the torn Achilles tendon injury theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.”