But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If there’s a better guy in professional baseball than Scott Richmond, I haven’t met him. The Vancouver native is kind, thoughtful and inspiring and he recently told me that after 15 years in the pro ranks, he is retiring. However, like fellow B.C. native,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Joey Votto, Vancouver Asahi, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers! I’m very thankful for your support over the years. I hope you get to relax and enjoy time with your family today. ·         Windsor, Ont., native and two-time Pacific Coast League manager of the year Stubby ClappContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Joey Votto, Vancouver Asahi, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My hope is that some in the baseball community today will pause to remember Marty Boryczewski. He was a catcher with the Pioneer League’s Lethbridge Mounties in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1994 before moving on to a career in investment banking with Cantor FitzgeraldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If the Toronto Blue Jays advance to the post-season, the first Christmas card they should send out this December should be to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Searage helped turn around the careers of three ex-Pirates who are now key members of the BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Damaso Garcia, Bud Black

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Ah, the fickleness of fandom. I find it fascinating that some of the same fans that wanted Alex Anthopoulos fired in May are now the angriest that he’s leaving. Some baseball pundits have suggested that Anthopoulos would be a good fit with the MiamiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Damaso Garcia, Bud Black”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before long you’re up in the stands with them.” Well, it’s a good thing that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager JohnContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen”

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? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

Book Review – Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

Late in Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball (2013, Random House Canada), Jeff Blair writes that the Blue Jays “won the off-season.” After the club’s blockbuster with the Miami Marlins and their acquisition of R.A. Dickey, Blair – a Globe & Mail columnist who doubles as a radio show host on Sportsnet 590Continue reading “Book Review – Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball”

But What Do I Know? … Emilio Bonifacio, Jackie Robinson, John Buck

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): ·         At what point will Toronto Blue Jays fans start calling Emilio Bonifacio E4? As exciting as he has been offensively, he has been equally inept defensively at second base. ·         Three Canadians played portions ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Emilio Bonifacio, Jackie Robinson, John Buck”