But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Like father, like son. At least, that would be the dream scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays as their top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is in Cooperstown for his father’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction this weekend. We all know how great theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey”

Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book

A Canadian manager had to shut down a Canadian superstar for the city of Detroit to win its first World Series. That’s one of the many fascinating stories that Brian “Chip” Martin shares in his excellent new book, The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881-88. It was in 1887Continue reading “Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to the family of Charlottetown, P.E.I., native and ex-big leaguer Vern Handrahan who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday at the age of 79. One of just three big league players from P.E.I. (George Wood (Pownal, P.E.I.) and HenryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton”

Book Review: Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian “Chip” Martin

He was Major League Baseball’s first 300-game winner and was later reported to have been the first player to have experimented with performance-enhancing drugs. Yet despite his accomplished and fascinating career, it took 124 years after his final professional pitch for a book to be published about Hall of Fame hurler Pud Galvin. Fortunately forContinue reading “Book Review: Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian “Chip” Martin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Aaron Sanchez, Dave Stieb, Casey Janssen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: For the time being Aaron Sanchez will be part of a six-man starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays to keep his innings count down and preserve his arm for the future. But just how much have times changed when it comes to safeguarding youngContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Aaron Sanchez, Dave Stieb, Casey Janssen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dustin McGowan, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: After 13 long seasons in the minors, right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) was called up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Unfortunately, he did not pitch in a game before the Tigers shipped him back to triple-A Toledo two days later. A 15th round pickContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dustin McGowan, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 induction ceremony less than two weeks away, I thought I’d do some research to find out if new inductees Pat Hentgen and Dennis Martinez ever pitched against each other, and I discovered that they did. On AugustContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, who recorded his 500th career hit on Thursday. His milestone hit was a single off of Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May with two out in the top of the eighth inning in a 3-1 win for the ChicagoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Goose Gossage, Rob Butler, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage, who regularly reminds people that he pitched multiple innings in his relief appearances, was angered by Jose Bautista’s bat flip last October, I can just imagine his opinion about Toronto Blue Jays set-up man Drew Storen not beingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Goose Gossage, Rob Butler, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For a major league team to make the postseason these days, they require their stars to be stars, but they also need to have one or two outstanding performers that come out of nowhere. The Toronto Blue Jays have five such players. Twenty year-oldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke”