But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Bob Elliott, Joe Siddall, Tip O’Neill Award voting, Pedro Martinez

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian Baseball Network founder Bob Elliott and former Montreal Expos catcher and current Blue Jays Central studio analyst Joe Siddall on their inductions into the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame which took place lastContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Bob Elliott, Joe Siddall, Tip O’Neill Award voting, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jimmy Key, Brandon Morrow

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of the best things about the Toronto Blue Jays signing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be listening to Buck Martinez say his name on TV broadcasts. One of the worst things will be trying to spell his last name correctly. For the record, at 14Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jimmy Key, Brandon Morrow”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Thursday, Josh Donaldson became the third Toronto Blue Jays player to be named the American League MVP, joining George Bell, who won the honour in 1987 and Carlos Delgado in 2003. Oh wait. Sorry. Delgado finished second in 2003 to Alex Rodriguez inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Adam Loewen, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons certainly has his share of detractors, but let’s give him credit where credit is due. It was Gibbons who lobbied for Ben Revere to play every day after the speedy outfielder was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Adam Loewen, George Kottaras”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Diamond, Bo Schultz, Dustin Molleken

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports that free agent left-hander Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) threw for the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome sidelined with injuries and ailments and Matt Moore still recuperating from Tommy John surgery, the RaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Diamond, Bo Schultz, Dustin Molleken”

But What Do I Know? . . . Minnie Minoso, Dayan Viciedo, John Hiller

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just 35 days after Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, died, Mr. White Sox has also passed away. Legendary outfielder Minnie Minoso died early Sunday at the age of 90. The trailblazing Cuban, who suited up in major league games in five different decades, played partsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Minnie Minoso, Dayan Viciedo, John Hiller”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Jordan Lennerton, Randy Johnson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote an excellent piece on Thursday in which he states that Carlos Delgado is the best player not to receive enough votes to make it past his first year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Delgado, whose resume boastsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Jordan Lennerton, Randy Johnson”