But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ralph Dickenson, Nick Pivetta, Derek Aucoin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If you’re looking for a memorable virtual gift for the Canadian baseball fan in your family, Fergie Jenkins is donating the proceeds from his cameo.com account to the workers at Sloan Park, the Chicago Cubs spring training stadium, this week. For $50 at cameo.com,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ralph Dickenson, Nick Pivetta, Derek Aucoin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Former Toronto Blue Jay Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) has told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi that he will play for the Canadian national team at the WSBC Premier12 Tournament beginning on November 2 and then retire to become a manager for the Atlanta Braves’ Rookie ballContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker”

Derek Aucoin to be inducted into the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Montreal Expos pitcher and Lachine, Que., native Derek Aucoin will be inducted into the RDS Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame on November 9. The Quebec baseball shrine made the announcement on Wednesday. This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of Baseball Quebec, but also the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos. Aucoin, aContinue reading “Derek Aucoin to be inducted into the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I’ve been fortunate to interview a large number of players and ex-players during my writing career, but few have had a greater impact on me than Derek Aucoin. He’s a 6-foot-7 gentle giant whose heart is even bigger than his physical stature. Derek hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – After initially sporting No. 36 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau has settled on No. 66. Morneau’s trademark No. 33 – which he donned as a tribute to both Patrick RoyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski”

But What Do I Know? … The All-Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Edition

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Around 1,500 people were on the Hall of Fame grounds on Saturday for the events surrounding the induction of Expos legend Rusty Staub, New Brunswick-born big leaguer Rheal Cormier, current Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin (Chatham, Ont.)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … The All-Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Edition”

But What Do I Know? … Jose Canseco, Jeff Francis, Tony Fernandez

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  One of the most talked-about items at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., is the jersey that slugger Jose Canseco wore during his spring training stint with the Montreal Expos in 2002. IContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jose Canseco, Jeff Francis, Tony Fernandez”

But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Gary Carter, Scott Mathieson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  I can understand the Blue Jays’ decision to move Jose Bautista to third base until Brett Lawrie recovers from his broken hand. But the idea of Corey Patterson, Rajai Davis and Eric Thames patrolling the outfield togetherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Gary Carter, Scott Mathieson”

Henke, Jenkins and Fernandez at Stratford Boston Pizza today

Source: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (www.baseballhalloffame.ca) Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Tom Henke and Allan Simpson will be joined by Fergie Jenkins and Tony Fernandez at Boston Pizza in Stratford, Ont., at 4:00 p.m. today. This brief meet-and-greet will kick off a series of events leading up the Ball Hall’s induction ceremony slatedContinue reading “Henke, Jenkins and Fernandez at Stratford Boston Pizza today”

Ron Piché (1935 to 2011): Memories of Monsieur Baseball

He pitched in the big leagues alongside Warren Spahn and Bob Gibson, but Ron Piché’s most important contribution to his sport was as a mentor, ambassador and inspiration to baseball-loving kids in Quebec. One such youngster was Derek Aucoin, who, with a relief appearance on May 21, 1996, became the only Montreal-born player to beContinue reading “Ron Piché (1935 to 2011): Memories of Monsieur Baseball”