But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you haven’t already done so, please take 24 minutes to watch this extensive interview that the National Baseball Hall of Fame conducted with Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker after his orientation visit on February 25. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 55th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ducey! Born in Toronto, Ducey was raised in Cambridge, Ont. The left-handed hitting outfielder was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota

  This is the third in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to Great Lake Canadians and Junior National Team alum and Baltimore Orioles prospect Adam Hall (London, Ont.) whose father Tyler passed away on Monday at the age of 53 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma. AccordingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb”

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”

Mike Soroka wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

December 4, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Calgary native Mike Soroka has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and teamContinue reading “Mike Soroka wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It seems like a good omen that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be interviewing Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for their manager’s job this week (according to Jon Heyman of The MLB Network). After all, the last Canuck to be a full-time big league managerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Johnny Rutherford, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) starts Game 3 of the National League Division Series for the Atlanta Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals today, he’ll become the 20th Canadian to pitch in a major league post-season game. According to the Canadian Baseball HallContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Johnny Rutherford, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Cal Quantrill, Stubby Clapp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will make his final start of the season today.  Through 28 starts, he is 13-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 169 2/3 innings. His start today likely rules him out of starting the opening game of theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Cal Quantrill, Stubby Clapp”