But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who has been named the first baseman on The Sporting News MLB All-Decade Team. He joins Robinson Cano (second base), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Adrian Beltre (third base) and Buster Posey (catcher) to form theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault”

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joey Votto, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thanks to the baseball card above, every time I watch the Cleveland Indians play I feel like Bryn Smith is also somewhere in the team’s dugout. This is a 1982 Topps Future Stars card that features then Montreal Expos prospects Terry Francona (now IndiansContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joey Votto, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Edwin Encarnacion, Rance Mulliniks, Delino DeShields

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its class of 2017 on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and it’s looking as though Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines will finally be elected. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that haveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Edwin Encarnacion, Rance Mulliniks, Delino DeShields”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Johnny Rutherford, Jim Adduci

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: So far so good for Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines in the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that have been made public, we know that Raines has been named on 139 of 153Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Johnny Rutherford, Jim Adduci”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its Tip O’Neill Award winner on December 2. This honour is handed out annually by the St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine to a Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to the family of Charlottetown, P.E.I., native and ex-big leaguer Vern Handrahan who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday at the age of 79. One of just three big league players from P.E.I. (George Wood (Pownal, P.E.I.) and HenryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In July, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced it would be revamping its Veterans Committee voting so that separate committees will now examine overlooked candidates from four different eras: Today’s Game (1988 to 2016), Modern Baseball (1970 to 1987), Golden Days (1950 to 1960)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland”

But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Seven years ago today, the Toronto Blue Jays dealt Scott Rolen to the Cincinnati Reds for pitching prospects Zach Stewart, Josh Roenicke and a struggling 26-year-old third baseman named Edwin Encarnacion. It was Stewart the Blue Jays coveted the most, but the Reds would onlyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Dustin Molleken, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Victoria, B.C., native Michael Saunders is the only Canadian player headed to the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego on Tuesday. Garnering 17.7 million fan votes, Saunders defeated the four other “Final Vote” candidates – George Springer, Dustin Pedroia, Evan Longoria and Ian Kinsler –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Dustin Molleken, Andre Dawson”