But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –How is this for a welcome back to the big leagues? After being called up by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) was summoned from the bullpen in the fifth inning that night toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –With Cleveland’s top two starters Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale on the 60-day disabled list, Canadian right-hander Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) is emerging as the new ace of their staff. He put together the most dominant performance ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Abraham Toro, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -On Friday, Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto homered in his seventh straight game to break Trail, B.C. native Jason Bay’s Canadian major league record. Bay homered in six consecutive games for the Pittsburgh Pirates from May 22 to MayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Abraham Toro, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Help could be on its way for the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen from a veteran Canadian, provided that the club can clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) has allowed just one hitContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson”

Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast two memorable firsts. On April 11, 1955, when he hurled 1-2/3 innings in relief for the Baltimore Orioles againstContinue reading “Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander”

Former Montreal Expos pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant passes away at 85

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who threw the first regular season pitch in Montreal Expos history, passed away on Friday at the age of 85. The Minnesota Twins announced his death on Saturday. No cause of death has been released. Grant died in Los Angeles, where he had been living inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant passes away at 85″

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -As Scott Crawford, of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, noted, Boston Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) recorded his 500th major league strikeout on Wednesday. With that, the hard-throwing hurler became the 15th Canadian to reach thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Cal Quantrill, Jacob Robson, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was the fall of 1975 and it seemed like the stage might be set for Larry Doby to once again make major league history. Doby, who, in July 1947, became the first African-American player to compete in the American League, was a highly respected hitting instructor in theContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby”

Five things you should know about . . . Bob Hooper

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada His nickname was the Leamington Workhorse. And that’s exactly what Bob Hooper was for the hapless Philadelphia A’s in 1950. In 45 games – including 20 starts and 25 relief appearances – that season, he managed to register 15 of the club’s 52 wins. Born in Leamington, Ont., inContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Bob Hooper”