Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My regular roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2021 ballot on November 16. There are 25 notable ex-players on the ballot, including seven former Blue Jays. Four ex-Jays – Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Scott Rolen andContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Jason Bay, James Paxton

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you’re looking for the Canadian who had the best full season in the professional ranks this year, look no further than London, Ont., native Jamie Romak. While his major league counterparts were playing an abbreviated 60-game schedule,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Jason Bay, James Paxton”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada There’s nothing greater than a mother’s love, but it doesn’t hurt if she can also teach you how to throw a curveball. Former Montreal Expos right-hander Bill Atkinson can attest to this. It was his mother, Patricia, that not only showered him and his four sisters with love asContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson”

Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. The National Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his death in a press release last night. The Hall’s release indicates that Seaver died “peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementiaContinue reading “Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one would blame you if you don’t remember any “Sweet Music” at the SkyDome in 1996. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays finished a dismal 74-88 that season and left-hander Frank Viola (nicknamed “Sweet Music”) struggled in all but one of his six starts with the club. Yes,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein

  This is the sixth of my “Find the Canadian Connection” features.  For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. You can readContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         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, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After consulting with my friends at Alberta Dugout Stories (@ABDugoutStories) and with Alberta baseball expert Ruben Lipszyc, I believe I can safely say that when Calgary native Mike Soroka started against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he became the first pitcher bornContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Ryan Dempster, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For baseball writers on the fence about whether Larry Walker deserves their Hall of Fame vote (Part 2, continuing from last week), I offer this tweet from Baseball Reference on December 1: “Only 10 RFs had more WAR for their careers than Larry WalkerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Ryan Dempster, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines”