But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Bodog, an online gambling site, is listing Corunna, Ont., native Rob Thomson as the favourite to be the new manager of the New York Yankees in wake of Joe Girardi’s surprising dismissal on Thursday. Thomson, who has been with the Bronx Bombers organization forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first-ever spring training game. They beat the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,988 in Dunedin, Fla. Veteran right-hander Bill Singer, who also started the regular seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I won’t pretend that I really know Chris Colabello, but I do know this, in 29 years of going to spring training in Dunedin and attending Toronto Blue Jays games, I’ve never met a kinder, more generous player. I’ve told this story before, but inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Aaron Sanchez, Andy Burns

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, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Aaron Sanchez, Andy Burns”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For a major league team to make the postseason these days, they require their stars to be stars, but they also need to have one or two outstanding performers that come out of nowhere. The Toronto Blue Jays have five such players. Twenty year-oldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Ron Fairly, 1994 Montreal Expos

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Drew Hutchison’s 2015 season is shaping up to be eerily similar to Ricky Romero’s 2012 campaign. Both were Opening Day starters in those respective seasons and both benefitted from strong run support prior to the All-Star break. In 2012, Romero was 8-4 with aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Ron Fairly, 1994 Montreal Expos”

But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On a New York Mets broadcast in 1988, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “On this Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all you fathers out here a Happy Birthday.” So to paraphrase Kiner, Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez”

But What Do I Know? … Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Edition

Some news and notes from this year’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place on Saturday in St. Marys, Ont.: • 2015 inductee Carlos Delgado can relate to what Chris Colabello is going through in left field for the Toronto Blue Jays. Some Blue Jays fans might have forgotten that the clubContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Among the pitchers that Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has passed on the all-time wins list this season are Roy Halladay, Orel Hershiser and Hall of Famer Rube Marquard. But while I agree with the sabermetricians that say that wins aren’t a definingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill”