But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been 83 years since there’s been a full-time Canadian manager in the major leagues. That was when London, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Gibson served as the dugout boss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that drought may end soon.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The MLB Draft is set to begin tomorrow night at 7 p.m. E.T. in Secaucus, N.J. Thanks to the compensatory pick they will receive from the Cleveland Indians for Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays will have two first-round selections (22nd and 28th overall).Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It has become an Easter tradition in this column to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My hope is that some in the baseball community today will pause to remember Marty Boryczewski. He was a catcher with the Pioneer League’s Lethbridge Mounties in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1994 before moving on to a career in investment banking with Cantor FitzgeraldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Doyle Alexander, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Perhaps this is a good omen for the Toronto Blue Jays, who will be attempting to salvage one win out of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon. Twenty-four years ago today, the Blue Jays registered 10 consecutive hits in the second inningContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Doyle Alexander, Fergie Jenkins”

Cooperstowners in Canada: George Brett

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada George Brett was a Blue Jay killer. Any longtime Toronto Blue Jays fan is likely to tell you that. And of the seemingly countless games in which the Hall of Fame third baseman teed off on Blue Jays’ pitching, Game 3 of the 1985 American League Championship Series (ALCS)Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: George Brett”

But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Tip O’Neill, Scott Richmond

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Provided that the soreness in his left knee subsides, Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) will be the only Canadian at the All-Star Game in Kansas City next Tuesday. Twins southpaw Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) wasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Tip O’Neill, Scott Richmond”

But What Do I Know? … Mariano Rivera, Brian Jeroloman, Kelly Johnson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  You decide what it says about the quality of the competition in the National League West that the Diamondbacks are going to win the division with three ex-Jays in their infield that Toronto couldn’t get rid ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Mariano Rivera, Brian Jeroloman, Kelly Johnson”

But What Do I Know? … Brett Lawrie, Jason Bay, Jim Thome

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Two weeks ago, I wrote in my CBC blog that given his talents,  his all-out style of play and his Canadian citizenship, Brett Lawrie has a chance to be the most popular player in Toronto Blue JaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Brett Lawrie, Jason Bay, Jim Thome”