But What Do I Know? … Don Zimmer, Tyson Gillies, Randy Ruiz

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Baseball lifer Don Zimmer passed away last Wednesday at the age of 83 in Dunedin, Fla. “Popeye” spent 66 seasons in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and adviser. Best known for his managerial stints with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Don Zimmer, Tyson Gillies, Randy Ruiz”

But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Roy Halladay, Brad Mills

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Prized St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras homered in his second big league at bat in his team’s 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the 21-year-old outfielder also owns a Canadian passport. According to anContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Roy Halladay, Brad Mills”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill, Jeff Samardzija, Leo Marentette

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy belated 153rd birthday to one of Canada’s biggest baseball legends. James “Tip” O’Neill was born on May 25, 1861 in either Woodstock or Springfield, Ont. As a member of the American Association’s St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill became Major League Baseball’s firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill, Jeff Samardzija, Leo Marentette”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joe Krakauskas, Jesse Chavez

My weekly observations and opinions about some Canadian baseball stories: – Following his walk-off home run on Sunday, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau is batting .327 with nine homers in 42 games for the Colorado Rockies this season. His stellar performance has enabled him to move up on the all-time Canadian leaderboard in twoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joe Krakauskas, Jesse Chavez”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, George Kottaras, Henderson Alvarez

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – After a rough start to the season, Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford has temporarily lost his job as the Cleveland Indians’ closer. Indians manager Terry Francona informed Axford of the move prior to Saturday’s game. The Tribe skipper says the Canadian right-hander, who has postedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, George Kottaras, Henderson Alvarez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – There’s no doubt that the Toronto Blue Jays miss closer Casey Janssen, who’s set to begin a rehab stint in Double-A New Hampshire and will reportedly return within two weeks. But during the club’s recent bullpen woes, it would also be safe to say that BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Adam Loewen, Jim Adduci

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – It’s become an annual tradition on this blog to pay tribute to “Luscious Luke” Easter on Easter. A hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the Cleveland Indians on August 11, 1949, Easter wasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Adam Loewen, Jim Adduci”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan recorded his first big league win in almost six years on Friday, but surprisingly that’s not the record for the longest span between major league wins. Interestingly enough, that record appears to belong to Blue Jays’ pitching coach Pete Walker,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition

For this week’s column, I thought I would provide updates on several of the Canadian players and coaches that were in big league camps this spring: – After posting a 6.88 ERA in five appearances – including three starts – with the Tampa Bay Rays this spring, Navan, Ont., native Erik Bedard was released onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Denis Boucher, Vince Horsman

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Thanks to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and SABR member, Andrew North, for sharing with me that Huntsville, Ont., native George Selkirk, a former New York Yankees outfielder, once belted four home runs off of the same pitcher in twoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Denis Boucher, Vince Horsman”