Former Montreal Expos coach Norm Sherry dies at 89

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Norm Sherry, who served as a coach with the Montreal Expos from November 1977 through the 1981 season, passed away on Monday at the age of 89. His family confirmed his death on Wednesday. His son, Mike, told the Associated Press that Sherry died of natural causes at anContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Norm Sherry dies at 89”

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 WhiteContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Do you remember when the Cobra was a Blue Jay? No one would blame if you don’t. After all, Dave Parker was only a Blue Jay for three weeks 30 years ago. But in that short tenure at the end of the 1991 season, the then-40-year-old slugger supplied someContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker”

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

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 you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections”

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

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 firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew

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 you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew”

Wallach learned how to play third base from Hall of Famer

It was Bill Mazeroski that helped teach Tim Wallach how to become a Gold Glove third baseman. Wallach, who suited up for more games with the Montreal Expos than any other player, revealed this during a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame conference call on February 3. The long-time Expo will be inducted into the St.Continue reading “Wallach learned how to play third base from Hall of Famer”

Buzzie Bavasi, ex-Montreal Royals GM, belongs in Cooperstown

He once called his tenure as general manager of the Montreal Royals his best three years in baseball. That’s lofty praise when you consider that Buzzie Bavasi was the architect of four World Series-winning teams with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. Assembling talent like Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider, the bold New Yorker alsoContinue reading “Buzzie Bavasi, ex-Montreal Royals GM, belongs in Cooperstown”

Beloved Blue Jays coach, Mel Queen, passes away

Former big league pitcher and longtime Blue Jays coach, Mel Queen, passed away this morning at the age of 69. The Blue Jays made the announcement on their website just after noon today. The cause of death was not released. “Our organization would not be what it is today without the contributions of Mel Queen,”Continue reading “Beloved Blue Jays coach, Mel Queen, passes away”