But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It appears I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton when I said he’d likely be named to the American League All-Star team in last week’s column. Not only was he not named to the All-Star team, he has also landed on the 10-day disabledContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jesen Therrien, Andrew Albers, David Cone, Bob Lemon

Photo Credit: Baseball Quebec (Twitter) My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Philadelphia Phillies reliever and Montreal native Jesen Therrien wins our unofficial award for best Canadian nickname on Players Weekend. The back of the 6-foot-2 right-hander’s jersey (see above) says “MTL-NORD” – a tribute to his home city. Unfortunately, itContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jesen Therrien, Andrew Albers, David Cone, Bob Lemon”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been a great season for Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto, but the past two weeks have been particularly memorable. On June 28, he broke Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker’s record for most career walks by a Canadian when he notched his 914thContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez”

Cal Ripken and The Streak have Canadian links

This Monday represents the 15th anniversary of the date that Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2,131st game to surpass Lou Gehrig’s iron-man mark. A strong argument could be made that Ripken’s consecutive-game streak saved baseball. The Orioles shortstop’s modesty and commitment were just what the sport needed in wake of the devastating labour disputeContinue reading “Cal Ripken and The Streak have Canadian links”

Ripken the star of the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto

With three Blue Jays and two Expos participating and Fergie Jenkins throwing out the first pitch, the 1991 All-Star Game had a distinctly Canadian feel. Fittingly, the contest’s winning pitcher was Blue Jay Jimmy Key, while Expos hurler Dennis Martinez shouldered the loss in an exciting match-up in front of 52,383 fans at SkyDome onContinue reading “Ripken the star of the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto”