But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Oscar Judd, Troy Glaus

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jon Morosi, of Fox Sports and the MLB Network, reported on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) recently threw at a showcase in front of scouts from “as many as 20” major league teams. MorosiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Oscar Judd, Troy Glaus”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton is rounding into form at the right time for the New York Yankees. After going 6-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 35 1/3 innings in six starts in August, the Canadian lefty allowedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last Sunday, on the same day I sent out my column wondering why there had been no update on Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the Canadian infielder had officially signed a minor league deal with the club. The contractContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ron Hayter, Tyler O’Neill, Jake Eliopoulos, Marv Rackley

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been a sad past eight months for the staff at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont. With the passing of inductee and Alberta baseball icon Ron Hayter at the age of 81 last Saturday (You can read more aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ron Hayter, Tyler O’Neill, Jake Eliopoulos, Marv Rackley”

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”

Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Frank Wills: 1958 to 2012

For longtime Blue Jays fans, the memory of Tom Henke fanning Orioles pinch-hitter Larry Sheets on September 30, 1989 to clinch the club’s second division title remains vivid. What many have forgotten, however, is that without the four shutout innings supplied by right-hander Frank Wills in relief of Jimmy Key that day, there likely wouldn’tContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Frank Wills: 1958 to 2012”

Remembering Gary Carter

I intend to publish a blog entry about the passing of Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter shortly.  In the meantime, here are links to three of my articles about the Kid that have been published on other sites: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/story/2012/02/16/sp-mlb-glew-gary-carter-teammates.html http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/opinion/2012/02/gary-carter-beloved-in-montreal-former-expos-bat-boy.html http://www.thecheapseats.ca/2012/02/montreal-expos-great-gary-carter-always-had-priorities-straight.html  

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of some of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. Here are obituaries of the legends that passed away in the second half of the year: Dick Williams, July 7 Elected to the National Baseball Hall ofContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2”

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 1

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. In part one of my two-part series, I’ve created obituaries for the legends that we lost during the first half of 2011: Roy Hartsfield, January 15 After 15 seasonsContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 1”