But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Just a reminder that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., opened its doors for the season yesterday. It’s well worth a visit. For more information about its hours and its COVID-19 safety precautions, pleaseContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one would blame you if you don’t remember any “Sweet Music” at the SkyDome in 1996. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays finished a dismal 74-88 that season and left-hander Frank Viola (nicknamed “Sweet Music”) struggled in all but one of his six starts with the club. Yes,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola”

Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin

Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin A Canadian was the “greatest man” that Babe Ruth had ever known. And it’s that unheralded Maritimer that the spotlight is finally shone on in Brian “Chip” Martin’s superb new book, The Man Who Made Babe Ruth:Continue reading “Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Cox

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         What team had the most hits in an inning off Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) this spring? The answer is the Canadian Junior National Team (JNT), a squad he once honed his skills with. Ontario Blue Jays outfielder David Calabrese (Maple,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Cox”

Remembering Don Zimmer – Born: January 17, 1931

Please take a moment to remember baseball lifer Don Zimmer who would’ve turned 89 today. “Popeye” spent 66 seasons in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and adviser. Best known for his managerial stints with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs and for his tenure as the New York Yankees bench coach, ZimmerContinue reading “Remembering Don Zimmer – Born: January 17, 1931”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts for the Atlanta Braves duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell”

But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Easter! It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when heContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. The MLB Network’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. E.T. My guess is that Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina will be elected. All are doing well onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Charlie Montoyo, Fergie Jenkins, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Highly respected baseball writer Jon Heyman tweeted on Friday that the Texas Rangers will conduct an in-person interview with Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp about their vacant managerial position. Clapp has led the St. Louis Cardinals’ triple-A Memphis Redbirds to back-to-back Pacific Coast LeagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Charlie Montoyo, Fergie Jenkins, Terry Puhl”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thursday wasn’t a good day for Philadelphia Phillies players born in Victoria, B.C. After allowing one earned run in 4-2/3 innings in his start that day, Nick Pivetta was sent down to the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs following the game. In four big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster”