Axford dealt to Brewers by Blue Jays

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Toronto Blue Jays dealt right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in exchange for cash considerations. With the transaction, the Canuck will rejoin the team he began his big league career with in 2009. The Brewers noted in their press release that AxfordContinue reading “Axford dealt to Brewers by Blue Jays”

Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty-eight years ago yesterday, Luis Leal tossed a two-hit shutout for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 8-0 win over the eventual American League West champion Chicago White Sox on a steamy night at Comiskey Park. It was the 26-year-old right-hander’s first major league shutout. “It was warm likeContinue reading “Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada A player born in Canada will be competing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 23rd time in the past 24 Midsummer Classics. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s all-starContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In an era dominated by self-absorbed, steroid-supported sluggers, Carlos Delgado might be best remembered for his smile. The charismatic ex-Toronto Blue Jay even managed to smile throughout his retirement press conference in April 2011, when he finally conceded that his 38-year-old body would no longer permit him to playContinue reading “Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian”

Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was a dramatic and fitting end for the Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium. Thirty-two years ago today, on an 0-and-1 count in the bottom of the 10th inning, George Bell belted a fastball from Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen into the left field bleachers for aContinue reading “Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Righetti

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When someone mentions Dave Righetti, you’re more likely to remember him as a young left-hander with the New York Yankees who on July 4, 1983 became the first Bronx Bombers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. You’re less likely toContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Righetti”

Five things you might not know about . . . Rick Cerone

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most longtime Toronto Blue Jays fans can tell you that Bill Singer threw the first regular season pitch in the franchise’s history on that snowy day at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977. But who caught that first pitch? The answer is Rick Cerone, who turns 67 today. TheseContinue reading “Five things you might not know about . . . Rick Cerone”

May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 15 years ago today that Russell Martin made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Montreal native had been called up from triple-A Las Vegas after Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro suffered a deep bone bruise on his right wrist from a foul ball offContinue reading “May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut”

Remembering John Cerutti on his 61st birthday

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He should still be here. Those are the first words that come to mind when I think of John Cerutti today, on what would be his 61st birthday. He should be providing analysis on tonight’s Toronto Blue Jays telecast. The former Blue Jays left-hander was a fit, active, athleticContinue reading “Remembering John Cerutti on his 61st birthday”

Nine things you might not know about . . . Jimmy Key

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who is the most underrated player in Toronto Blue Jays’ history? If you asked a seasoned Canadian baseball fan this question, Jimmy Key would be one of the most common answers. Just how underappreciated is the longtime Blue Jays lefty? Put it this way: For the 10 seasons spanningContinue reading “Nine things you might not know about . . . Jimmy Key”