But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The most heartwarming moment of the 2018 MLB Draft for me came when the Seattle Mariners dedicated their final pick to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton (Port Moody, B.C.), who was a longtime scout with the club who passed in awayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Tom Goffena, Pedro Martinez, John Ogiltree

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The 2018 MLB Draft starts tomorrow with the first and second rounds. As a Canadian baseball junkie whenever the draft approaches, I always think of the 2002 Baseball America draft preview issue (pictured above) that featured Canadian left-handers Adam Loewen (Surrey, B.C.) and JeffContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Tom Goffena, Pedro Martinez, John Ogiltree”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Pedro Martinez, Bill Humber, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Montreal Expos superstar Pedro Martinez, long-time standout Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lloyd Moseby and Canada’s premier baseball historian Bill Humber who will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 16 in St. Marys, Ont. The Canadian ball hallContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Pedro Martinez, Bill Humber, Adam Loewen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first-ever spring training game. They beat the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,988 in Dunedin, Fla. Veteran right-hander Bill Singer, who also started the regular seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Colorado Rockies strongly pushed Larry Walker’s case for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on social media this year. In 10 seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native won three batting titles, five Gold Gloves, two Silver SluggerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind”

But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Seven years ago today, the Toronto Blue Jays dealt Scott Rolen to the Cincinnati Reds for pitching prospects Zach Stewart, Josh Roenicke and a struggling 26-year-old third baseman named Edwin Encarnacion. It was Stewart the Blue Jays coveted the most, but the Reds would onlyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Adam Loewen, Vern Rapp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Yes, it’s become trite to complain about how much big leaguers are paid, but here’s an illustration of just how insane major league salaries are: Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison posted a 5.57 ERA, including a 13.89 ERA in September, while making $520,100Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Adam Loewen, Vern Rapp”

Votto, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys – One reached base more times than any other player in the big leagues, while the other threw out more baserunners than any other American League catcher. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) had outstanding seasons in 2015. But John Axford (PortContinue reading “Votto, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With southpaw reliever Brett Cecil out for the playoffs with a torn left-calf muscle, if I’m Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and I need to get a left-handed batter out late in the game tonight, I’m bringing in David Price to face him. WithContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen”