But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Sudbury, Ont., native Farhan Zaidi was named the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers last week to become the sixth Canadian to be named a big league GM. The others are George Selkirk (Huntsville, Ont., Washington Senators, 1964 to 1969), Murray Cook (Sackville,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported on Wednesday that Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster has opted to retire. After helping the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2013, the Canadian right-hander took the entire 2014 season off for personal and physicalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Adam Loewen, Jeff Francis, Home Run Baker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Surrey, B.C., native Adam Loewen has now reached Double-A in his pitching comeback. Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on April 16, Loewen posted a 2.61 ERA in two starts with the Phillies’ Class-A Clearwater Threshers before being promoted to the Double-A Reading Fightin’ Phils.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Adam Loewen, Jeff Francis, Home Run Baker”

Some Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

The Toronto Blue Jays are going all out to celebrate Canada’s birthday today. Players will don special red jerseys and caps, there will be a street festival outside the Rogers Centre and the club will honour armed forces members. As Bob Elliott points out in his annual Canada Day column, this year’s game is extraContinue reading “Some Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

Canadian ball hall to induct Montreal Expos legends as part of four-day celebration presented by the Town of St. Marys

  For details about the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction events that will take place from this Thursday June 19 through Sunday, June 22, please read this press release that I helped write.    

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Nolan Ryan, Shawn Hill

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – Call it the Cooperstowners in Canada jinx, but after I wrote about Burnaby, B.C., native Jim Adduci’s three-hit performance for the Texas Rangers in his club’s 12-0 victory on April 18, the 28-year-old Canadian was placed on the disabled list the following day. After his breakoutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Nolan Ryan, Shawn Hill”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Max Macon

Former Montreal Royals manager Max Macon could never escape the questions about Roberto Clemente. Was he or was he not part of a conspiracy to try to hide the talents of Clemente in 1954? To provide some background, when Clemente was signed to a $15,000 contract by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, the big leagueContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Max Macon”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton

He won four Cy Young Awards, was selected to 10 all-star games and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. But what you might not know about legendary left-hander Steve Carlton is that he started his professional baseball career in Canada. After he was signed as anContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Aaron Sanchez, Jim Adduci, Ed Bahr

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – It was a classy move by the organizers of the Toronto Blue Jays’ two exhibition games at Olympic Stadium on March 28 and 29 to invite Daniel Plamondon, the Montreal Expos bat boy from 1975 to 1979, back to work in the visiting clubhouse. Plamondon, nowContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Aaron Sanchez, Jim Adduci, Ed Bahr”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Carlton Fisk

When Carlton Fisk was a free agent after the 1980 season, there was talk that he might be waving home runs fair at Exhibition Stadium for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1981. At least Alison Gordon hinted at this in her fine 1984 book “Foul Balls.” “The papers were full of breathless reports on theContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Carlton Fisk”