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But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As excited as I was when Jose Bautista hit his three-run, bat flip home run in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series, I was almost equally disappointed to watch Bautista’s performance in the media scrum after yesterday’s loss... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On a New York Mets broadcast in 1988, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “On this Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all you fathers out here a Happy Birthday.” So to paraphrase Kiner, Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad,... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? … Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Stairs, David Bush

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My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): - Former Montreal Expos great Vladimir Guerrero, who played in the Blue Jays' minor league system for a short stretch last season, has signed with the independent Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, where he’ll suit up... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering

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Some Canadian baseball stories from the past week (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond has jumped out to a commanding lead in the online voting for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The Minnesota Twins lefty, who won 12 games and posted a 3.54 ERA this... Continue Reading →

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Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links

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For the first time in his 24-year major league career, Omar Vizquel is suiting up for a Canadian team. The likely Hall of Famer, who will turn 45 on April 24, won the Toronto Blue Jays’ utility infielder’s job over Mike McCoy. But though the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner hasn’t called Canada his big... Continue Reading →

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Plenty of Canadian connections on Texas Rangers

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They may have released Victoria, B.C. native Rich Harden earlier this month, but several players in the Texas Rangers’ starting lineups on Friday and Saturday have honed their skills in Canada. Here’s a list of the players and their Canadian connections: 1. Michael Young, 3B As I’ve written before, Young was selected by the Toronto... Continue Reading →

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Before he was A-Rod: Alex Rodriguez’s stint in Calgary

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When the Seattle Mariners shipped Alex Rodriguez to the Calgary Cannons on August 2, 1994, the Triple-A club’s general manager Gary Arthur trumpeted the young shortstop as the “Mario Lemieux” of the 1993 Major League Baseball amateur draft. But even this lofty hockey comparison couldn’t convince Calgarians to flock to the 6,000-seat Foothills Stadium to... Continue Reading →

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