But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Speaking of Jason Bay, he’s the only Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. That could change this year, however, with the way Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka is pitching for the Atlanta Braves. Through 12 starts, Soroka is 8-1Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Dick Fowler

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Mississauga, Ont., native Josh Naylor has belted two home runs so far in his major league career and his enthusiastic celebrations in the San Diego Padres dugout after his homers have quickly made him a fan favourite in Southern California. The tweet below canContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Dick Fowler”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Peter Widdrington

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, Burnaby, B.C., native Jim Adduci was called up by the Chicago Cubs on Monday. With the promotion, he became the 11th Canadian to play in the major leagues this season and the second to suit up for the Cubs.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Peter Widdrington”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Mike Soroka, Frank Colman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) started for the San Diego Padres against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre yesterday and earned his first major league win in front of a large group of family and friends. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed three runs andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Mike Soroka, Frank Colman”

But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Easter! It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when heContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka”

But What Do I Know? . . . First Montreal Expos home game, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Paul Hodgson

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty years ago today, the first regular season Major League Baseball game was played on Canadian soil when the Montreal Expos took on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 29,184 fans at Jarry Park. With his three-run home run in theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . First Montreal Expos home game, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Paul Hodgson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         One of my annual traditions when I visit Dunedin Stadium is to find the names of Canadians who once starred for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ on the club’s wall of excellence located in the concourse down the right field line. The name of eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, George Selkirk, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) and versatile pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame together this summer, it got me wondering how Bay fared against Dempster in the major leagues. The answer is not veryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, George Selkirk, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to all of Baseball Canada’s 2018 National Team Award winners. The following awards were handed out on Saturday night: Stubby Clapp Award – Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, B.C.) Special Recognition Award – Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) Junior National Team MVP – Bo NaylorContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Jordan Romano, Tim Harkness, Fergie Jenkins

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Burnaby, B.C. native Jim Adduci signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs this week. The 33-year-old first baseman/outfielder enjoyed his longest tenure in the big leagues in 2018, batting .267 in 59 games for the Detroit Tigers. He also hit .309Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Jordan Romano, Tim Harkness, Fergie Jenkins”