But What Do I Know? . . . Mel Stottlemyre, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Steve Christmas, Rickey Henderson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Please send good vibes and strength to Mel Stottlemyre, the father of former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Todd Stottlemyre. In a Facebook post on Friday, the ex-Blue Jays hurler shared that his 75-year-old father is fighting for his life. “Calling all prayer warriors during thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mel Stottlemyre, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Steve Christmas, Rickey Henderson”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded aContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan

It was Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Puhl that saved Nolan Ryan’s fifth no-hitter. Manning right field for the Houston Astros, the Melville, Sask., native took off after a deep fly ball that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia clubbed to right-centre off of Ryan in the top of the seventh inning at theContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Longtime Montreal Expos fans won’t be surprised to learn that Mike Schmidt belted his first major league home run against their beloved club. To many of them, it seemed like the Phillies star never stopped hitting home runs off of Expos hurlers during his Hall of Fame career. WithContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas

The consensus among Blue Jays fans is that Frank Thomas’s tenure in Toronto was a disaster. The Big Hurt was 38 years old when he inked a two-year, $18.12-million deal with the Blue Jays on November 18, 2006. It’s a contract that many Jays supporters rank as one of the worst in franchise history. ButContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Glavine

When long-time Toronto Blue Jays fans talk about Tom Glavine, the first game they’re likely to mention is Game 1 of the 1992 World Series. With the Blue Jays competing in the Fall Classic for the first time, the excitement surrounding the team had reached unparalleled heights. However, Canadian baseball fans were temporarily subdued whenContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Glavine”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Greg Maddux

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Greg Maddux and Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins have a lot in common. Both were right-handed pitchers who won Cy Young Awards with the Chicago Cubs and both are members of the exclusive 3,000-strikeout club. Both also did the No. 31 proud at Wrigley Field – so much soContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Greg Maddux”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox

He could have managed the Toronto Blue Jays forever. That’s what Stephen Brunt wrote about Bobby Cox in his excellent 1996 book, “Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball.” “He could have been to Toronto what Walter Alston was to the Los Angeles Dodgers, skipper for life,” wrote Brunt. But that wasn’t to be.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox”

But What Do I Know? … Lance Zawadzki, Doug Ault, R.A. Dickey

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – I’m willing to bet that I’m not the first Toronto Blue Jays follower to utter the sentence “Who the hell is Lance Zawadzki?” this March. Interestingly enough, the 27-year-old second baseman, who has hit .389Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Lance Zawadzki, Doug Ault, R.A. Dickey”

A baseball player named Orr and Canada’s Johnny Mac (or Johnny Mal)

  Canada will play their first game of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) against Italy in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday afternoon. The big story out of the Canadian camp this year has been Russell Martin’s withdrawal from the tournament. The way Martin conducted himself left a bad taste in my mouth, but I won’t rehashContinue reading “A baseball player named Orr and Canada’s Johnny Mac (or Johnny Mal)”