He played for the Expos? . . . Jason Thompson

September 1, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most baseball fans have probably forgotten that Jason Thompson spent nearly three months with the Montreal Expos at the start of the 1986 season. And Thompson would likely prefer it that way. A three-time All-Star with the Detroit Tigers, California Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates before being... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Matt Stairs, Jason Dickson

Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) had a very successful rehab start with the High-A Rome Braves on Tuesday. Photo: Rome Braves August 21, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly Canadian baseball news and notes: – Right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) allowed just one hit and struck out eight in four scoreless innings in... Continue Reading →

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 White... Continue Reading →

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

Photo: Minnesota Twins program By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Scott Diamond

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who clubbed his 248th career home run last night to move past Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) into third place for most home runs by a Canadian. It was a solo shot in the first inning off Miami... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Montreal native Russell Martin helped make history on Tuesday when he belted two home runs against the New York Yankees in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez also clubbed two home runs, marking the first... Continue Reading →

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