Canadian Paxton to sign with Red Sox

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Left-hander James Paxton will sign with the Boston Red Sox, as first reported on Wednesday by Sportsnet’s Chad Dey. Chris Cotillo, Red Sox beat writer for MassLive.com, shares that the contract is a one-year deal that includes team options for 2023 and 2024. Details are here: Paxton (Ladner, B.C.)... Continue Reading →

Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander

Vancouver native Bob Alexander pitched in four games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1955. Photo: The Evening Sun (Baltimore) By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast... Continue Reading →

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 league... Continue Reading →

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 him... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 of... Continue Reading →

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 that... Continue Reading →

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