Halladay, Guerrero headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017

Courtesy: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – Two dominant ex-major leaguers, two trailblazing, grassroots leaders and a gold medal-winning national team will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. Ex-Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and former Montreal Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero will be honoured in a ceremony on June 24 inContinue reading “Halladay, Guerrero headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, who recorded his 500th career hit on Thursday. His milestone hit was a single off of Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May with two out in the top of the eighth inning in a 3-1 win for the ChicagoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Goose Gossage, Rob Butler, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage, who regularly reminds people that he pitched multiple innings in his relief appearances, was angered by Jose Bautista’s bat flip last October, I can just imagine his opinion about Toronto Blue Jays set-up man Drew Storen not beingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Goose Gossage, Rob Butler, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Chris Leroux, Bruce Chen

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • And then there was one. On May 1, the Toronto Blue Jays had five Canadians on their active roster. But after Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) was designated for assignment on Monday, Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) is the only Canuck remaining. MichaelContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Chris Leroux, Bruce Chen”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Jose Reyes, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras was designated for assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras, who had managed just six plate appearances since landing with the Cards on July 11, was initially picked upContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Jose Reyes, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – There’s no doubt that the Toronto Blue Jays miss closer Casey Janssen, who’s set to begin a rehab stint in Double-A New Hampshire and will reportedly return within two weeks. But during the club’s recent bullpen woes, it would also be safe to say that BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition

For this week’s column, I thought I would provide updates on several of the Canadian players and coaches that were in big league camps this spring: – After posting a 6.88 ERA in five appearances – including three starts – with the Tampa Bay Rays this spring, Navan, Ont., native Erik Bedard was released onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Leroux, Melky Cabrera, Joey Votto

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter @kevinglewsports): – According to Sportsnet.ca, Montreal native Chris Leroux, who was Canada’s best starting pitcher in this year’s World Baseball Classic, has signed with Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League. The 29-year-old right-hander had been designatedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Leroux, Melky Cabrera, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? … Matt Stairs, Rich Harden, Joe Girardi

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Being Bud Selig’s second-hand man from 1997 to 2002, Paul Beeston should still have some clout in the commissioner’s office. If I’m Beeston, I’m doing everything I can to ensure that the Jays have a home gameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Matt Stairs, Rich Harden, Joe Girardi”

But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Jeremy Accardo

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I’m confused. The Blue Jays shut down Brandon Morrow, their most dominant pitcher over the past few months, and then Cito Gaston calls his first team meeting of the season before Saturday’s game against the Yankees to tell his players he wants themContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Jeremy Accardo”