But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Help could be on its way for the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen from a veteran Canadian, provided that the club can clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) has allowed just one hitContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson”

Fun Montreal Expos draft facts: Carter, Dawson, Raines, Rogers, Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada With the 2021 MLB draft set to begin on July 11, I thought it would be fitting to share some draft research I’ve done on some legendary Montreal Expos players over the years. Gary Carter Carter was selected by the Expos in the third round (53rd overall) of theContinue reading “Fun Montreal Expos draft facts: Carter, Dawson, Raines, Rogers, Wallach”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -As Scott Crawford, of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, noted, Boston Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) recorded his 500th major league strikeout on Wednesday. With that, the hard-throwing hurler became the 15th Canadian to reach thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson”

He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He may have been the most important hitting coach in Montreal Expos history. Yet, even some of the most diehard Expos fans probably won’t remember Mickey Vernon’s tenure as the club’s batting instructor. When the two-time American League batting champion took over as the team’s hitting coach under managerContinue reading “He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was the fall of 1975 and it seemed like the stage might be set for Larry Doby to once again make major league history. Doby, who, in July 1947, became the first African-American player to compete in the American League, was a highly respected hitting instructor in theContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby”

Former Montreal Expos pitcher Derek Aucoin passes away at 50

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher and Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Derek Aucoin passed away on Saturday night at the age of 50 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. The news of Aucoin’s passing was shared by multiple Quebec news outlets on Sunday morning. Aucoin, who became theContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos pitcher Derek Aucoin passes away at 50”

Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada One of the benefits of spending a lot of time reading old stories about the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos is that I’ve stumbled across a number of fascinating long-forgotten photos. Here are two highlights from this week’s research: Tony Kubek in a Toronto Blue Jays’ uniform? MostContinue reading “Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 10 years ago today that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player. With that, he became the second Canadian to receive the honour, joining Colorado Rockies outfielderContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In the first inning of his major league debut, a nervous 21-year-old Larry Landreth peered in for the sign from his catcher Gary Carter. Glowering back at him from the batter’s box was reigning National League batting champion Bill Madlock – an intimidating right-handed hitter nicknamed “Mad Dog.”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth”

My three most popular Canadian baseball social media posts of the week – July 10

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s a summary of my three most popular posts on social media from this past week. 1. 37th anniversary of Dave Stieb becoming the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to earn an All-Star Game win. Thirty-seven years ago this past Monday (see my tweet below), Canadian Baseball Hall ofContinue reading “My three most popular Canadian baseball social media posts of the week – July 10”