Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jesse Jefferson, a workhorse starting pitcher on the early Toronto Blue Jays teams, would’ve turned 72 today. The underrated right-hander, who hailed from Midlothian, Va., passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was just 62. Selected by the Blue Jays from the Chicago WhiteContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Montreal native and former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin turned 38 on Monday. Some have asked me if Martin has retired. I did some research and the latest update I could find about Martin came from JonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Tim Raines”

Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Ron Johnson, who played five games with the Montreal Expos in 1984, passed away from complications from COVID-19 in Morrison, Tenn., on Tuesday at the age of 64. According to a report in the Providence Journal, Johnson had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been battling symptoms in theContinue reading “Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Felipe Alou, Pat Gillick, George Bell

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – I was happy to see fellow London, Ont., native Jamie Romak be named this year’s recipient of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award on Thursday. In a year with so much gloom, this is aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Felipe Alou, Pat Gillick, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Bill Atkinson, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Though the Cleveland Indians were swept in their Wild Card series against the New York Yankees, their young Canadian slugger, Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), enjoyed a breakout postseason in which he established some major league firsts. Among them,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Bill Atkinson, Tim Raines”

Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. The National Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his death in a press release last night. The Hall’s release indicates that Seaver died “peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementiaContinue reading “Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) recorded his first MLB save on Friday in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. With that, Romano became the third Canadian to earn a save for theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter”

Fun Fergie Facts: 4 starts at Exhibition Stadium, 4 complete games

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fergie Jenkins was a savvy, 34-year-old veteran with a Hall of Fame resume when he first had the opportunity to pitch a major league game in his home province. After outstanding tenures with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, the Chatham, Ont.-born right-hander was with the Boston Red SoxContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: 4 starts at Exhibition Stadium, 4 complete games”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Terry Puhl, Jordan Romano, George Selkirk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – No Canadian major leaguer has benefited more from the delay to the start of the 2020 MLB season than left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.). The 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner and New York Yankees southpaw told Yankees beatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Terry Puhl, Jordan Romano, George Selkirk”

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”