But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Roberto Alomar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         San Diego Padres slugger Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) has donated his spikes, bat and batting gloves from his major league debut that took place on May 24, 2019 against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre to the Canadian Baseball Hall of FameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Roberto Alomar”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As the MLB amateur draft approaches (June 12 to June 14), it’s important to remember that it’s not just first-round picks that end up in the Hall of Fame. For example, 42 years ago today, the Montreal Expos chose Andre Dawson, out of FloridaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak”

2013 CBHFM Inductee – George Bell – Things you might not know …

Writer’s Note: This is my second in a series of “Things you might not know …” articles about this year’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. in St. Marys, Ont., on the museum’s ceremonial grounds. Admission is free.Continue reading “2013 CBHFM Inductee – George Bell – Things you might not know …”

Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Frank Wills: 1958 to 2012

For longtime Blue Jays fans, the memory of Tom Henke fanning Orioles pinch-hitter Larry Sheets on September 30, 1989 to clinch the club’s second division title remains vivid. What many have forgotten, however, is that without the four shutout innings supplied by right-hander Frank Wills in relief of Jimmy Key that day, there likely wouldn’tContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Frank Wills: 1958 to 2012”

Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links

For the first time in his 24-year major league career, Omar Vizquel is suiting up for a Canadian team. The likely Hall of Famer, who will turn 45 on April 24, won the Toronto Blue Jays’ utility infielder’s job over Mike McCoy. But though the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner hasn’t called Canada his bigContinue reading “Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links”

But What Do I Know? … Vernon Wells, Fred Lewis, Bert Blyleven

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  This quote from Vernon Wells in Richard Griffin’s article in today’s Toronto Star reiterates why I don’t mind V-Dub being paid $126 million: “I think the most important thing about getting contracts like this is you get to go out and do soContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Vernon Wells, Fred Lewis, Bert Blyleven”

But What Do I Know? … Thoughts on Hall of Fame voting, Bert Blyleven Canadian links

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I wasn’t surprised that Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. I was shocked, however, to see Alomar’s vote totals jump almost 17 per cent. It seems some baseball writers sentenced Alomar to a yearContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Thoughts on Hall of Fame voting, Bert Blyleven Canadian links”

But What Do I Know? … National Baseball Hall of Fame edition

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Just so that I’m on the record prior to the announcement of the National Baseball Hall Fame inductees on January 5, my prediction is that Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar will be the only two candidates elected by the baseball writers in 2011.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … National Baseball Hall of Fame edition”