But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Danny Klassen, Tommy Lasorda

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         This post-season could represent the first time in major league history that two Canadian pitchers will start playoff openers for their respective clubs. Right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been the ace of the National League East champion Atlanta Braves this season, while left-handerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Danny Klassen, Tommy Lasorda”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Dave Pagan, Eric MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton has now won nine straight starts for the New York Yankees. That’s the most consecutive starts that he has ever won in his career. Back in July and August 2017, he earned victoriesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Dave Pagan, Eric MacKenzie”

Canadian Baseball History Conference set for November to include museum tour

September 10, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release The fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference will be held on November 9th and 10th at Museum London in London, Ont. The event, which brings together baseball fans and researchers from across the country, is once again being organized by Andrew North, who isContinue reading “Canadian Baseball History Conference set for November to include museum tour”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         All of the presentations were outstanding at the third annual Canadian Baseball History Conference in London, Ont., on Saturday. Thank you to Andrew and Elena North for all that they do to put together this event and a special tip of the hat toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Stubby Clapp, Dave Stieb, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) whose wife Lydia passed away unexpectedly on Monday. I’m sending good thoughts and strength to Fergie and his family at this difficult time. ·         Congratulations to North Vancouver,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Stubby Clapp, Dave Stieb, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 19 years ago today that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker became the first Canadian to win a big league MVP Award. The left-handed-hitting slugger captured the National League honour by batting .366 and belting 49 home runs during the 1997 season. HeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Miller, Russell Martin, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On April 12, 2016, left-hander Andrew Miller struck out two Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning to record the save for the New York Yankees in a 3-2 win at Rogers Centre. That was his last appearance against the Blue Jays prior to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Miller, Russell Martin, Steve Rogers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Shapiro, Russell Martin, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Plenty of criticism was levelled at Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro last off-season when the club did not re-sign David Price. Of course, in hindsight, given that J.A. Happ outperformed Price this season and Price’s post-season struggles have continued, it’s now easy to applaudContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Shapiro, Russell Martin, Cito Gaston”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In a Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup in which the two-through-seven hitters are pulling in a combined $86.1 million this season, it was their eighth and ninth batters, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera, who are making just over $1 million between them, who came through inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it seems like Russell Martin has hit a lot of clutch, late-inning home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, that’s because he has. Thirteen of the Montreal native’s 19 homers have come in the sixth inning or later. Thirty-two years ago today,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins”