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”

Justin Morneau wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of baseballhalloffame.ca 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. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievementContinue reading “Justin Morneau wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Rob Ducey, Jim Adduci

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As Bob Elliott notes in a great piece for the Canadian Baseball Network, the Toronto Blue Jays could have three Canadians – Russell Martin (catcher, Montreal, Que.), Brett Lawrie (third base, Langley, B.C.) and Dalton Pompey (centre field, Mississauga, Ont.) – in their startingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Rob Ducey, Jim Adduci”

Morneau, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys – One won the National League batting title and the other was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at the catching position and is now one of the most coveted free agents on the market. Yes, Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) and Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) enjoyed outstandingContinue reading “Morneau, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

Morneau’s batting title the highlight of a great season for Canadians

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – When Justin Morneau secured the National League batting title on the final day of the regular season, it topped off what has been an excellent year for Canadians in the big leagues. The New Westminster, B.C., native’s .319 batting average cemented him a spot in Canadian baseball loreContinue reading “Morneau’s batting title the highlight of a great season for Canadians”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • George Shuba, who played parts of three seasons with the Montreal Royals (1946, 1951, 1956), passed away on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio at the age of 89. The 5-foot-11 outfielder spent his entire professional career in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. And though he competedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey became the second Canadian to record an RBI in their first at bat with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 21-year-old outfielder’s ground out to first base plated Anthony Gose in the eighth inning in the Blue Jays’ 11-1 victoryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton”