Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Boomer Wells?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The first “Boomer” Wells to play for the Toronto Blue Jays wasn’t given much of an opportunity to excel with the club. And in hindsight, it’s hard to understand why. In August 1981, when the 6-foot-5 slugger, whose birth name is Greg, was summoned to the big leagues forContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Boomer Wells?”

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? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Marco Estrada

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) had reached base at least twice in 20 consecutive games until his streak was snapped on Wednesday. He fell one game short of tying Ted Williams’ record for most consecutive games reaching base two or more times. Aside from Williams,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Marco Estrada”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year contract extension on Saturday. The question many Blue Jays fans are asking is why? Though the payout is relatively modest by today’s standards ($4.125 million per season in 2017 and 2018 and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan recorded his first big league win in almost six years on Friday, but surprisingly that’s not the record for the longest span between major league wins. Interestingly enough, that record appears to belong to Blue Jays’ pitching coach Pete Walker,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress”

But What Do I Know? … Eric Thames, Ryan Dempster, Warren Cromartie

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  If Eric Thames is going to be one of the Jays outfielders of the future, why did he DH for 10 of the 13 games during his big league call-up? Surely it can’t be because Corey PattersonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Eric Thames, Ryan Dempster, Warren Cromartie”