But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -As Scott Crawford, of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, noted, Boston Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) recorded his 500th major league strikeout on Wednesday. With that, the hard-throwing hurler became the 15th Canadian to reach thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Baseball Canada has unveiled the names of the 25 players that will comprise the national team roster at the Baseball Americas Olympic qualifier that will take place from May 31 to June 5 in Palm Beach and St. Lucie, Fla. SeveralContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rob Ducey

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Just how good has right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) been for the Boston Red Sox this season? Well, the 6-foot-5 right-hander is tied for the lead among American League pitchers in wins (5) and his 5-0 record also makesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rob Ducey”

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”