But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Larry Walker, Larry Walker

  This week’s column is devoted to Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) is the only other Canadian player to be elected to the Cooperstown shrine. He was honoured in 1991. Here are some fun facts and firsts fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Larry Walker, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It appears I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton when I said he’d likely be named to the American League All-Star team in last week’s column. Not only was he not named to the All-Star team, he has also landed on the 10-day disabledContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl”

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, Roberto Clemente, Stu Scheurwater, Chris Reitsma

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and 2017 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tim Raines told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Friday that he believes that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown. “When you talk about aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Stu Scheurwater, Chris Reitsma”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox

He could have managed the Toronto Blue Jays forever. That’s what Stephen Brunt wrote about Bobby Cox in his excellent 1996 book, “Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball.” “He could have been to Toronto what Walter Alston was to the Los Angeles Dodgers, skipper for life,” wrote Brunt. But that wasn’t to be.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox”

But What Do I Know? … Stan Musial, Earl Weaver, Chris Reitsma

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – In an unfortunate first for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday, two of its inductees passed away on the same day. Longtime Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver died in the morning of anContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Stan Musial, Earl Weaver, Chris Reitsma”

Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections

During his 19-year big league career, Barry Larkin feasted on Canadian hurlers Rheal Cormier and Ryan Dempster, but fared poorly against Paul Quantrill and Mike Johnson. And though the 12-time all-star and most recent National Baseball Hall of Fame electee enjoyed a four-hit game against the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992, he hit onlyContinue reading “Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections”