Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jesse Jefferson, a workhorse starting pitcher on the early Toronto Blue Jays teams, would’ve turned 72 today. The underrated right-hander, who hailed from Midlothian, Va., passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was just 62. Selected by the Blue Jays from the Chicago WhiteContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson”

Ex-Blue Jays: A summary of off-season transactions

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Are you wondering where Justin Smoak is playing this year? Or if former Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis is still active? Well, I wonder about these things. And that explains why I’ve spent a lot of time this off-season documenting all of the transactions that I could find thatContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: A summary of off-season transactions”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Anderson, Davis, Encarnacion, Loup

February 4, 2021 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings/Transactions –RHP Chase Anderson has signed a one-year, $4-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, per Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. –OF Rajai Davis has retired as a player and has been hired byContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Anderson, Davis, Encarnacion, Loup”

Elliott Wahle, original Blue Jays’ administrator of player personnel, passes away at 69

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Elliott Wahle, the Toronto Blue Jays’ first administrator of player personnel, passed away on Friday at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with cancer. You can read his official obituary here. A New York native, Wahle began his professional baseball career as the New York Yankees assistantContinue reading “Elliott Wahle, original Blue Jays’ administrator of player personnel, passes away at 69”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ

January 26, 2021 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings –LHP Matt Dermody has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, per Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. Financial terms have not been disclosed. –LHP J.A.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Hechavarria, Maile, Morrow, Smoak

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada There have been lots of rumours and very little action during this major league off-season. The Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to almost every big name free agent – George Springer, D.J. LeMahieu, Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto and Liam Hendriks – but like almost every other major leagueContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Hechavarria, Maile, Morrow, Smoak”

In Memoriam: Remembering ex-Blue Jays players and coaches that passed away in 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s been a tough year, a really tough year. Over 340,000 Americans and more than 15,000 Canadians have died from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it hasn’t spared former big leaguers. Sadly, Tom Seaver, Jay Johnstone, Rick Baldwin and Lindy McDaniel were among those who lost their battle with theContinue reading “In Memoriam: Remembering ex-Blue Jays players and coaches that passed away in 2020”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My regular roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2021 ballot on November 16. There are 25 notable ex-players on the ballot, including seven former Blue Jays. Four ex-Jays – Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Scott Rolen andContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”