But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In a Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup in which the two-through-seven hitters are pulling in a combined $86.1 million this season, it was their eighth and ninth batters, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera, who are making just over $1 million between them, who came through inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, who recorded his 500th career hit on Thursday. His milestone hit was a single off of Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May with two out in the top of the eighth inning in a 3-1 win for the ChicagoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Last Sunday, former Montreal Expos superstar Vladimir Guerrero asked his Twitter followers what cap they would like to see him pictured in on his plaque if he’s elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (He becomes eligible in 2017). Of the 24,804 votesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Monday, when reporters asked Jose Bautista what it will take for the Toronto Blue Jays to re-sign him after his contract expires at the end of the season, the slugger said that he had a dollar amount in mind (rumored to be atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • There was good news and bad news for Montreal Expos great Tim Raines when the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting results were announced on Wednesday. The bad news is that the speedy former outfielder did not receive the 75 per cent support fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen”

Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – For the fifth time in six years, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement andContinue reading “Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Siddall

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Leave it to Dr. Seuss to summarize what the feelings of Toronto Blue Jays fans should be after their club’s exciting 2015 season ended on Friday: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” • You can’t help but admire and respect left-handerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Siddall”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For a major league team to make the postseason these days, they require their stars to be stars, but they also need to have one or two outstanding performers that come out of nowhere. The Toronto Blue Jays have five such players. Twenty year-oldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the start for the Toronto Blue Jays today on his 32nd birthday. His birthday present: he gets to pitch against 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. For the record, this will be Estrada’s first big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Andrew Albers, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The official obituary for Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Fanning appeared in Saturday’s London Free Press. The life of the legendary Montreal Expos executive and field manager, who passed away of heart failure on April 25 at the age of 87, will beContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Andrew Albers, Joe Carter”