But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the Atlanta Braves completing a sweep of the Miami Marlins in their National League Division Series on Thursday, Alex Anthopoulos (Montreal, Que.) became the third Canadian general manager to build a team that has advanced to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford”

Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On top of his 3,000 hits, 938 stolen bases and first-ballot induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Brock is also the answer to an important Canadian baseball trivia question. Who was the first major league player to bat in a regular season game played in Canada?Continue reading “Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to Great Lake Canadians and Junior National Team alum and Baltimore Orioles prospect Adam Hall (London, Ont.) whose father Tyler passed away on Monday at the age of 53 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma. AccordingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Tony Fernandez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka made his regular start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday despite being hit in the right forearm by a pitch from Washington Nationals right-hander Austin Voth in the second inning of a game last Sunday. The Braves removed himContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Tony Fernandez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. Former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.),  versatile ex-pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.), esteemed coach Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and long-time executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.) willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Like father, like son. At least, that would be the dream scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays as their top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is in Cooperstown for his father’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction this weekend. We all know how great theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I hope Toronto Blue Jays fans savored their opportunity to watch Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw make his first career start at Rogers Centre yesterday, even if he wasn’t at his most dominant. When all is said and done, Kershaw will be considered theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell

“He doesn’t just hit pitchers. He takes away their dignity.”                                      Don Sutton, on Willie Stargell’s propensity for belting long home runs. That must have been how Montreal Expos southpaw Dan McGinn felt on July 16, 1969. With the Pittsburgh Pirates trailing 6-2 in the top of the eighth inning at Jarry Park, Stargell strolledContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded aContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre

In a previous blog entry, I noted that Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa – two of the three legendary managers recently elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – spent portions of their professional careers in Canada. Cox, of course, managed the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons from 1982 to 1985, whileContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre”