But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

Five things you should know about . . . Travis Fryman

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When most people think of Travis Fryman, they remember him as a steady, productive Gold Glove Award-winning third baseman for the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. But to me, Fryman will always be a fresh-faced 20-year-old shortstop for the double-A London Tigers at Labatt Park. I was a baseball-crazedContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Travis Fryman”

Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984, Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win a championship with both an American League and National League (Cincinnati 1975, 1976) club. But while most associate the fiery, white-haired skipper, who would’ve turned 87 today, with the Big RedContinue reading “Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – MLB agent Scott Boras told reporters on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) is almost completely healthy after an injury-shortened 2020 season. “He’s far into bullpen [sessions] and is throwing bullpens for select teams,” BorasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby”

Former Expos infielder Johnny Paredes dies at 58

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos second baseman Johnny Paredes passed away on Thursday in Maracaibo, Venezuela after a battle with cancer at the age of 58. Danny Gallagher was the first Canadian reporter to share the news. His death has also been reported in El Nacional. Born on September 2, 1962Continue reading “Former Expos infielder Johnny Paredes dies at 58”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the retirement of Ron Gardenhire, the Detroit Tigers are searching for a new manager. I would suggest that one excellent candidate was born right across the border in Windsor, Ont. Stubby Clapp, who was interviewed by theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) appears to have found his batting stroke again. Hitting leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds, the Canuck slugger is 8-for-24 (.333 batting average) in his last seven games. Three of those hits have beenContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1986 Fleer Update Mike Heath

This is the seventh of my “Find the Canadian Connection” features.  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. You can read allContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1986 Fleer Update Mike Heath”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you haven’t already done so, please take 24 minutes to watch this extensive interview that the National Baseball Hall of Fame conducted with Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker after his orientation visit on February 25. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson”