Tuesday Trivia – Who is the only Canadian to play for four different MLB teams in a season?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was exactly 20 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Dave Martinez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later (which would be right-hander Peter Munro). When Martinez suited up with the Blue Jays, it was the fourth major leagueContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia – Who is the only Canadian to play for four different MLB teams in a season?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Tony Fernandez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka made his regular start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday despite being hit in the right forearm by a pitch from Washington Nationals right-hander Austin Voth in the second inning of a game last Sunday. The Braves removed himContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Tony Fernandez”

Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away

Belmont, Ont., resident and former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passed away on Thursday at the age of 73. Born in Bradford, Ont., on April 11, 1945, Kilkenny was an unlikely major leaguer. His high school didn’t have a baseball team and he grew up at a time when Canadians were not eligible for theContinue reading “Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away”

But What Do I Know? . . . Enos Gordon Goudey, Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • You know those baseball cards you collected as a kid? Well, it turns out that it was a Canadian who masterminded the first set of baseball cards that was packaged with gum. Nova Scotia native Enos Gordon Goudey, who later moved to Boston, Mass.,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Enos Gordon Goudey, Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins”

Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees

He’s Canada’s Mr. October. But even though George Selkirk earned five World Series rings during his nine-year career with the New York Yankees, the vast majority of baseball fans in Canada and the U.S. don’t know who he is. “Not even hardcore Yankees fans are going to remember George Selkirk,” said Richard Tofel, author ofContinue reading “Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees”

But What Do I Know? … Ryan Dempster, Joey Votto, Justin Morneau

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – After hurling six shutout innings in the Chicago Cubs’ win on Saturday, Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) has now pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings. I checked with venerable Canadian baseball statistician Neil Munro and he’s pretty certain thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Ryan Dempster, Joey Votto, Justin Morneau”

Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run

You won’t find an ex-big leaguer with more personality than Paul Hodgson. Self-deprecating, intelligent, witty and a man with more interests than most of us can dream up, the Marysville, N.B., native was the second Canadian to suit up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home runContinue reading “Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run”

Votto’s new contract to dwarf the value of previous highest deals signed by Canadian MLBers

With Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto on the cusp of signing a reported 10-year, $225-million extension with the Cincinnati Reds, here’s a look back at the largest previous contracts signed by Canadians. A second chart is also included that reveals the Canadians that have made the most over the course of their big league careers,Continue reading “Votto’s new contract to dwarf the value of previous highest deals signed by Canadian MLBers”

But What Do I Know? … Mariano Rivera, Brian Jeroloman, Kelly Johnson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  You decide what it says about the quality of the competition in the National League West that the Diamondbacks are going to win the division with three ex-Jays in their infield that Toronto couldn’t get rid ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Mariano Rivera, Brian Jeroloman, Kelly Johnson”

But What Do I Know? … Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Zach Stewart

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan just completed his final rehab assignment in Dunedin on Friday. Coming off multiple arm surgeries, the former first rounder has consistently hit 95 mph on the radar gun this season. He will pitchContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Zach Stewart”