But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Fergie Jenkins, John Upham

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With the end of 2019 drawing near, it’s important to remember those from the Canadian baseball community that we lost this year. Three Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees passed away in 2019. Longtime big league umpire and Montreal native Jim McKean died onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Fergie Jenkins, John Upham”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who has been named the first baseman on The Sporting News MLB All-Decade Team. He joins Robinson Cano (second base), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Adrian Beltre (third base) and Buster Posey (catcher) to form theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, Ken Crosby

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Atlanta Braves pitcher and Calgary native Mike Soroka, who just six days after being named the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award winner, was selected to the All-MLB Second-Team on Tuesday. Joining him on that squad is teammateContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, Ken Crosby”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When is the last time you heard someone discuss the “Fenway Park effect” when evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. And while people continually bring up Coors Field when debating whether Canadian Larry Walker (MapleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne”

Mike Soroka wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

December 4, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Calgary native Mike Soroka has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and teamContinue reading “Mike Soroka wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Rowan Wick, Tip O’Neill Award

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Note from Kevin: It’s best to click on the link and read this through the website that way you will see all the graphics and tweets that I refer to. ·         Happy 53rd Birthday to Canadian baseball legend Larry Walker, who I hope will soonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Rowan Wick, Tip O’Neill Award”

Longtime Toronto Sun reporter Ken Fidlin wins Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award

Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Longtime Toronto Blue Jays beat writer and former Toronto Sun baseball columnist Ken Fidlin has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Jack Graney Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this award annually to a member ofContinue reading “Longtime Toronto Sun reporter Ken Fidlin wins Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s Grey Cup Sunday and today I’m thinking about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim McKean. Most remember the Montreal native as a highly respected major league umpire for 28 years. But prior to his umpiring career, he played in the CFL andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         We’ll find out tomorrow at 6 p.m. E.T. if right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will become the second Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Back in 2004, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Jason BayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It seems like a good omen that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be interviewing Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for their manager’s job this week (according to Jon Heyman of The MLB Network). After all, the last Canuck to be a full-time big league managerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker”