He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was approaching the middle of May in the 1997 season and the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was sputtering. Joe Carter, in his final season with the club, had belted just two home runs in April. The club had resorted to using aging utility man Juan Samuel as aContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra”

Tuesday Trivia: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays player to record 1,000 hits for the club?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who was the first player to record 1,000 hits as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays? This is one of those questions that might trick even the most diehard Blue Jays fan. I think the majority of us who have followed the Blue Jays since the 1980s wouldContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays player to record 1,000 hits for the club?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Rowan Wick, Josh Naylor, Gary Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Just how dominant has Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) been out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen this season? Not only has he not allowed a run in seven appearances (spanning seven innings), he has not allowedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Rowan Wick, Josh Naylor, Gary Carter”

Tuesday Trivia – Who is the only Canadian to play for four different MLB teams in a season?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was exactly 20 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Dave Martinez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later (which would be right-hander Peter Munro). When Martinez suited up with the Blue Jays, it was the fourth major leagueContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia – Who is the only Canadian to play for four different MLB teams in a season?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Steve Sinclair, Larry Walker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Calgary native Mike Soroka may not have a win in his first two starts with the Atlanta Braves this season, but the young right-hander, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, is off to an excellent start. He ownsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Steve Sinclair, Larry Walker”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In the first inning of his major league debut, a nervous 21-year-old Larry Landreth peered in for the sign from his catcher Gary Carter. Glowering back at him from the batter’s box was reigning National League batting champion Bill Madlock – an intimidating right-handed hitter nicknamed “Mad Dog.”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth”

Tuesday Trivia – Who was the first Blue Jays pitcher to record 100 wins with the team?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Question: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to record 100 wins with the team? Answer: It’s not who you think it is. It’s not Dave Stieb. Thirty-four years ago today, right-hander Jim Clancy tossed a four-hit shutout over the Kansas City Royals at Royals Stadium to notchContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia – Who was the first Blue Jays pitcher to record 100 wins with the team?”

But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

Former Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passes away at 58

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passed away on Wednesday in a Miami hospital at the age of 58. Canadian Baseball Network writer Danny Gallagher, the author of several books about the Montreal Expos, was the first to report Sebra’s passing. So sad to report that 1986-87 #exposContinue reading “Former Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passes away at 58”

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Over the past two decades, Canadian baseball fans – like myself – have been spoiled. We’ve been able to watch elite offensive talents like Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.), Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.), Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.), Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) and Joey VottoContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1”