But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Scott Thorman, George Gibson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         There will be a strong debate about who should win the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award, which is presented annually to the top Canadian player. Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) has captured the honour in seven of the past eight years, butContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Scott Thorman, George Gibson”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I have to think that Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton will be named to his first All-Star team when the American League roster is unveiled on Sunday (UPDATE: He was not named to the roster). The Canadian lefty boasts an 8-3 record and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden”

Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away

Belmont, Ont., resident and former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passed away on Thursday at the age of 73. Born in Bradford, Ont., on April 11, 1945, Kilkenny was an unlikely major leaguer. His high school didn’t have a baseball team and he grew up at a time when Canadians were not eligible for theContinue reading “Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Forty-nine years ago today, the Montreal Expos defeated Tom Seaver and the eventual World Series champion New York Mets at Shea Stadium 11-10 in their first regular season game. Left-handed reliever Don Shaw was the winning pitcher for the Expos, while fellow southpaw DanContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, John Axford, Jim Adduci, Ryan Goins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For those of us who remember the exciting Montreal Expos teams from the ’80s and ’90s, one of the highlights of the Toronto Blue Jays exhibition games at Olympic Stadium over the past three years has been the Expos legends that have returned andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, John Axford, Jim Adduci, Ryan Goins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For me, the best news out of Toronto Blue Jays spring training has been that Vancouver native Scott Richmond is working as an analyst on the club’s radio broadcasts. The former Blue Jays pitcher is one of the nicest guys in his sport andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson”

Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book

A Canadian manager had to shut down a Canadian superstar for the city of Detroit to win its first World Series. That’s one of the many fascinating stories that Brian “Chip” Martin shares in his excellent new book, The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881-88. It was in 1887Continue reading “Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Larry Walker, Vernon Wells, Charlie Gehringer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         My friends sometimes ask me who the nicest major league player I’ve ever met is. My answer has been New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau. He was an American League MVP, a home run derby champ, a team leader, a great representative for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Larry Walker, Vernon Wells, Charlie Gehringer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Erik Bedard, Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For baseball writers on the fence about whether Larry Walker deserves their Hall of Fame vote, I offer this tweet from Ryan Spaeder (@TheAceofSpaeder on Twitter) that was sent out on Tuesday: “No player in baseball history has more career home runs (383) andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Erik Bedard, Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It was 41 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays began assembling their first team via the 1976 Major League Baseball Expansion Draft. With their first pick, the Blue Jays selected Bob Bailor from the Baltimore Orioles. Bailor proceeded to bat .310 inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk”