Junior National Team alum and former big league left-hander Adam Loewen (Surrey, B.C.) will attempt a comeback to play for Canada at the World Baseball Classic. The 38-year-old left-hander hasn’t thrown a pitch or hit in an international competition for Canada since 2019, but given his track record, no one should bet against him.
Long Reads: Bob Emslie: The Canadian ump who quietly set pitching records
May 26, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Emslie was an umpire. That’s how the St. Thomas, Ont., native identified himself well after he called his final major league strike. In fact, he was so closely linked to that profession that it’s listed as his occupation on his death certificate -- despite the... Continue Reading →
Gausman’s mastery of splitter reminds Gibbons of Sutter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZO7gZ73TV0 *Watch Stu Stone's full interview with John Gibbons for the former Toronto Blue Jays manager's weekly "Talking Points" feature, sponsored by Bodog Canada, by clicking on the video above. May 6, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s a much different Kevin Gausman pitching in the American League East these days than the... Continue Reading →
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pete Ward passes away at 84
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Chicago White Sox third baseman and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pete Ward has passed away at the age of 84. White Sox reporter James Fegan, of The Athletic Chicago, shared the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Ward died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Puhl, Justin Morneau, Scott Rolen, Dustin Molleken
Terry Puhl (Melville, Sask.) managing the Canadian national team in 2008. Photo: Baseball Canada By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Some Canadian baseball news and notes: -The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is set to announce their 2022 induction class on Wednesday. Stay tuned to this website for the announcement. The 2022 induction class will... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Stubby Clapp, Jacob Robson, Ken Griffey Jr.
Justin Morneau was named the American MVP 15 years ago. Photo: Minnesota Twins By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It was 15 years ago today that Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) became the first - and still only - Canadian to... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Claude Raymond, Fred McGriff
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday. Jeeho Yoo, of the YonHap News, reported Romak's decision on Twitter last night. The 36-year-old Canuck, who won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, John Cerutti
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) has 47 home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -The Toronto Blue Jays must beat the Baltimore Orioles in their final game of the season today and one of (or both) the... Continue Reading →
Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander
Vancouver native Bob Alexander pitched in four games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1955. Photo: The Evening Sun (Baltimore) By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast... Continue Reading →
These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?
You probably know that John Olerud played with the Mets from 1997 to 1999, but did you know that he was draft by the Mets in 1986? By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last week, while listening to former big leaguer Bret Boone interview John Olerud for his podcast, I learned that Olerud was originally... Continue Reading →