March 11, 1977 – Toronto Blue Jays play their first spring training game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Many longtime Canadian baseball fans can recall the Toronto Blue Jays defeating the Chicago White Sox 9-5 in snowy conditions at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977 in their first regular season game, but how did the team fare in its first spring training contest? Well, that contest took... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Dave McKay, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins

Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) is the only player born in Canada still active in the MLB posteason. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It's Thanksgiving weekend and I wanted to thank you for your support of my blog. I hope you and your family have... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick

Pat Gillick turns 84 today. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –How is this for a welcome back to the big leagues? After being called up by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) was summoned from the bullpen in the... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rob Ducey

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Just how good has right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) been for the Boston Red Sox this season? Well, the 6-foot-5 right-hander is tied for the lead among American League pitchers in wins (5) and his 5-0 record also makes... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Rheal Cormier, Bo Naylor, Dave McKay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you haven't heard, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) has tested positive for COVID-19 and has left the Cincinnati Reds training camp. The Reds shared the news on Wednesday. The Canadian slugger had gone 4-for-9 in four Grapefruit... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named winner of the Fielding Bible Award for major league left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native was among the winners announced... Continue Reading →

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

Photo: Minnesota Twins program By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Russell Martin, Bobby Doerr, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Birthday to my favourite baseball player of all-time – my dad, Ralph Glew! Mickey Mantle was his hero growing up, but I remember my dad as more of a Tony Gwynn-type batter in his slo-pitch games with the Dorchester Standbys. I recall him... Continue Reading →

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