But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Congratulations to Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) on his successful 11-year major league career. Hall of Fame writer Bob Elliott shared on the Canadian Baseball Network on Friday that Francis is retiring. A first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2002 MLB amateur draft, theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Thursday, Josh Donaldson became the third Toronto Blue Jays player to be named the American League MVP, joining George Bell, who won the honour in 1987 and Carlos Delgado in 2003. Oh wait. Sorry. Delgado finished second in 2003 to Alex Rodriguez inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just how good has Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) been in his first 10 big league seasons? His career WAR – an all-encompassing statistic that measures the numbers of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to their team aboveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay”

But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Roy Howell, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When Edwin Encarnacion drove in nine runs (with his three home runs) in the Blue Jays’ 15-1 win over the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre yesterday, he tied Roy Howell’s team record for most RBI in a game. Howell’s record-setting performance came inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Roy Howell, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, Otto Velez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Don’t get me wrong, Jose Bautista is a great player and the Blue Jays are lucky to have him, but the slugger was rightfully criticized by some members of the media after his initial less-than-enthusiastic assessment of the trade that sent his good friendContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, Otto Velez”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Michael Saunders, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When you see tributes to Jim Fanning on Twitter from everyone from former players like Tim Raines and Tim Burke to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to several members of the Toronto media, you realize just how universally loved and respected “Gentleman Jim” was. FanningContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Michael Saunders, Jeff Francis”

Morneau to be presented with Tip O’Neill Award on Monday

St. Marys, Ont. – For the third time in his major league career, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau will be honoured with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. Morneau will be presented with the award in a pre-game ceremony on Monday, April 20 at Coors Field in Colorado when the RockiesContinue reading “Morneau to be presented with Tip O’Neill Award on Monday”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Before he even threw a pitch in a spring training game for the Colorado Rockies, Canadian reliever John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) was added to the club’s 40-man roster on Monday. The move means that the 6-foot-5 right-hander, who had signed a minor leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Teahen, Justin Morneau, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Monday that Mark Teahen (Canadian citizen) had retired. This came three months after I reported it here. Apparently, I need a better marketing plan for my blog. This belated retirement report prompted the ever-witty Teahen to tweet,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Teahen, Justin Morneau, Jamie Romak”