Long Reads: Allan Roth: The story of the Canadian who was MLB’s first team statistician

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Allan Roth (Montreal, Que.) calculated baseball statistics in his office before computers. Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Before Bill James, Sabermetrics and FanGraphs, one determined Canadian helped start it all. Allan Roth was a 26-year-old former tie and suspenders salesman from Montreal, who had a passion for baseball... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Roy Halladay, Brad Mills

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: - Prized St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras homered in his second big league at bat in his team’s 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the 21-year-old outfielder also owns a Canadian passport. According to an... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr

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My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: - There’s no doubt that the Toronto Blue Jays miss closer Casey Janssen, who’s set to begin a rehab stint in Double-A New Hampshire and will reportedly return within two weeks. But during the club’s recent bullpen woes, it would also be safe to say that Blue... Continue Reading →

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Top Canadian Baseball Stories of 2010 – Part 1

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Happy New Year! With the calendar now turned to 2011, here’s part one of my look back at the top Canadian baseball stories of 2010 (in no particular order): Votto wins NL MVP, Lou Marsh and Tip O’Neill awards After battling anxiety and depression in 2009, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto’s 2010 season was nothing... Continue Reading →

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