Whatever happened to? . . . Brian Milner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Two numbers fuel the legend of Brian Milner in Toronto Blue Jays’ lore: 18 and .444. At 18 years old (and 218 days), he remains the youngest player ever to suit up for the club. He accomplished this feat when he was the Blue Jays’ starting catcher on JuneContinue reading “Whatever happened to? . . . Brian Milner”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         “I’m not thinking about baseball right now, if I’m honest. I’m just trying to take it moment by moment and look after the people closest to me.” That’s what  Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) told Sridhar Pappu forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was heartbroken to wake up to the news this morning that Toronto Blue Jays great and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez has passed away at the age of 57. I wrote an article about the Blue Jays great here. MyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Last Sunday, former Montreal Expos superstar Vladimir Guerrero asked his Twitter followers what cap they would like to see him pictured in on his plaque if he’s elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (He becomes eligible in 2017). Of the 24,804 votesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . Willie Stargell, Troy Tulowitzki, Bartolo Colon

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell would’ve turned 76 today. The Pittsburgh Pirates legend walloped 475 home runs in 21 major league seasons and was particularly potent with the bat against the Expos in Montreal. On July 16, 1969, he became the first playerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Willie Stargell, Troy Tulowitzki, Bartolo Colon”

But What Do I Know? . . . Al Rosen, Andrew Albers, Shawn Camp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The first spring training game I ever went to was in Dunedin, Fla., on March 20, 1987. The Cincinnati Reds were playing the Toronto Blue Jays and I was an eager 13-year-old with an autograph book. I was shy, but I stood above theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Al Rosen, Andrew Albers, Shawn Camp”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Jack Cassini

Jesse Owens is the only person that could beat Jack Cassini in a foot race. At least that’s what the former Montreal Royal told the Arizona Republic in an interview in March 2008. “I could hit, and I could run like hell,” Cassini told the paper. The ex-big leaguer was 88 when he made thisContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Jack Cassini”

Five things I learned about Tom Henke last weekend

I’ve been following the Toronto Blue Jays since their inception in 1977, so I figured I knew everything there is to know about Tom Henke. But after participating in a media scrum with The Terminator prior to his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame last Saturday, I discovered that there was a lotContinue reading “Five things I learned about Tom Henke last weekend”