He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Even some of the most diehard Montreal Expos fans won't remember Hal McRae's 17-month tenure as the club's hitting coach from January 1990 to May 1991, but you can bet that Larry Walker does. In 1990, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native, then a prized young hitting prospect, was one... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his debut with the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Paxton’s start represented the first time in nearly 43 years that a Canadian pitcher has started... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The 1982 Topps Montreal Expos Future Stars card (pictured above) showcases Terry Francona and Brad Mills together on their first Topps baseball card. Both played for the Expos’ only playoff team in 1981 and 35 years later, Mills is serving as Francona’s bench coach for... Continue Reading →

“El Presidente . . . El Perfecto” – Dennis Martinez’s perfect game 20 years later

It seems fitting that former Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne was honoured by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the same week as the 20th anniversary of Dennis Martinez’s perfect game. Van Horne’s inspired call of “El Presidente … El Perfecto” on July 28, 1991 was one of the most memorable in Canadian baseball... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? … Brandon Morrow, Paul Beeston, Johnny Mac, Jays Managerial Candidates

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I understand the Jays’ decision to shut down Brandon Morrow, but boy baseball has changed over the last 20 years. Making an announcement that you’re shutting down your most dominant pitcher after his first start in September equates to Blue Jays management waving... Continue Reading →

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