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”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Even some of the most diehard Montreal Expos fans won’t remember Hal McRae’s 17-month tenure as the club’s hitting coach from January 1990 to May 1991, but you can bet that Larry Walker does. In 1990, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native, then a prized young hitting prospect, was oneContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one would blame you if you don’t remember any “Sweet Music” at the SkyDome in 1996. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays finished a dismal 74-88 that season and left-hander Frank Viola (nicknamed “Sweet Music”) struggled in all but one of his six starts with the club. Yes,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola”

He played for the Expos? . . . Ron Darling

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada With the New York Mets, Ron Darling was an all-star, a Gold Glove Award winner, a 1986 World Series champion and he’s scheduled to be inducted into their Hall of Fame this year. Later in his playing career, he became a key member of the Oakland A’s starting rotationContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Ron Darling”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Willie Horton

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada As a Detroit Tiger, Willie Horton was a four-time all-star, a World Series champion and the team’s first black superstar whose efforts earned him a statue at Comerica Park. His No. 23 has also been retired by the club, and if Tigers fans were to anoint another Mr. Tiger,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Willie Horton”

He played for the Expos? . . . Graig Nettles

This is a new feature that will shine the spotlight on relatively famous major leaguers that played briefly with the Montreal Expos or Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, their stint with one of the Canadian big league clubs may have been so short that you may have forgotten that they played with them at all.Continue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Graig Nettles”