Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

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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 →

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Find the Canadian connection – 1974 Topps Jerry Terrell

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  This is the second in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card I... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Dustin Molleken, Andre Dawson

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Victoria, B.C., native Michael Saunders is the only Canadian player headed to the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego on Tuesday. Garnering 17.7 million fan votes, Saunders defeated the four other “Final Vote” candidates – George Springer, Dustin Pedroia, Evan Longoria and Ian Kinsler –... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them down while pretending to be Jesse Barfield. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man who has literally... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Sean Nolin, Oscar Judd

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Former Montreal Expos outfielder Ellis Valentine is the most talented player with the last name “Valentine” to suit up in the big leagues, but here’s a list of the some of the other “Valentines” that have competed in the... Continue Reading →

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

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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-old... Continue Reading →

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

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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 victory... Continue Reading →

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