But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Andrew Albers, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and likely the New York Mets will be looking for new managers this off-season, and Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp, fresh off winning the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year Award for leading the St. Louis Cardinals’ triple-AContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Andrew Albers, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Saunders, Guerrero, Halladay, Votto, Zimmerman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         How humbling can it be to be a professional baseball player? Last year at this time, Victoria, B.C., native Michael Saunders was enjoying his first of two consecutive, three-hit games for the Toronto Blue Jays and was headed to his first all-star game. ThisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Saunders, Guerrero, Halladay, Votto, Zimmerman”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jimmy Key, Brandon Morrow

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of the best things about the Toronto Blue Jays signing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be listening to Buck Martinez say his name on TV broadcasts. One of the worst things will be trying to spell his last name correctly. For the record, at 14Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jimmy Key, Brandon Morrow”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it seems like Russell Martin has hit a lot of clutch, late-inning home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, that’s because he has. Thirteen of the Montreal native’s 19 homers have come in the sixth inning or later. Thirty-two years ago today,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, Jesse Litsch

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Rule No. 1 of Canadian baseball blogging is don’t criticize Jose Bautista unless you’re prepared for an onslaught of vitriol from his online supporters. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. So on Thursday, when Goose Gossage called Bautista “a disgrace toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, Jesse Litsch”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Monday, when reporters asked Jose Bautista what it will take for the Toronto Blue Jays to re-sign him after his contract expires at the end of the season, the slugger said that he had a dollar amount in mind (rumored to be atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Bartolo Colon, John Olerud

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • If you’re not convinced that Tim Raines should be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame after reading this Sporting News article, you’ll never be convinced. This story shares many of the former Montreal Expo’s supporting statistics that were up dug up byContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Bartolo Colon, John Olerud”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Adam Loewen, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons certainly has his share of detractors, but let’s give him credit where credit is due. It was Gibbons who lobbied for Ben Revere to play every day after the speedy outfielder was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Adam Loewen, George Kottaras”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Among the pitchers that Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has passed on the all-time wins list this season are Roy Halladay, Orel Hershiser and Hall of Famer Rube Marquard. But while I agree with the sabermetricians that say that wins aren’t a definingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill”