But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Dalton Pompey, Nick Pivetta, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) belted his 300th major league home run on Friday. It was a two-run shot in the third inning off Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Jake Arrieta in the Reds’ 8-6 win at theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Dalton Pompey, Nick Pivetta, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jim Fanning, Nick Pivetta, Jordan Romano

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) heads into this afternoon’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals one home run shy of 300 for his major league career. When he does belt that milestone homer, he’ll become justContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jim Fanning, Nick Pivetta, Jordan Romano”

These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?

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 selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1986 MLB draft out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. Olerud, of course, didn’tContinue reading “These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, James Paxton, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It was 75 years ago today that Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to compete in integrated professional baseball in the modern era when he suited up for the International League’s Montreal Royals against the Jersey City Giants atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, James Paxton, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –Langley Blaze and Junior National Team alum Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) is among the major league leaders with 13 hits so far this spring. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder is 13-for-33, good for a .394 batting average. TwoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta”

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”