Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss

This is the fifth in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. 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. The card I pulledContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Larry Walker, Larry Walker

  This week’s column is devoted to Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) is the only other Canadian player to be elected to the Cooperstown shrine. He was honoured in 1991. Here are some fun facts and firsts fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Larry Walker, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday at 9 a.m. E.T. I will publish the Hall’s press release on this site. The new inductees will be honoured in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. The MLB Network’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. E.T. My guess is that Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina will be elected. All are doing well onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian will be playing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 21st time in the past 22 Midsummer Classics. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who grew up in Etobicoke, Ont., will be a reserve for the National League in Tuesday’s all-star showdown at Nationals Park in Washington. With his selection this year, VottoContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Braden Halladay, Jackie Robinson, Nick Pivetta

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please send positive thoughts to Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and Montreal Expos great Rusty Staub who is reportedly in critical condition in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that the 73-year-old baseball legend hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Braden Halladay, Jackie Robinson, Nick Pivetta”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Larry Walker, Scott Mathieson, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of 2016 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton who passed away last night at the age of 75 after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born in Winnipeg, Man., NortonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Larry Walker, Scott Mathieson, Eric Gagne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Jose Bautista, Duane Ward, Ricky Romero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it (like I did), Mascouche, Que., native Eric Gagne ended his comeback bid with the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks on May 20. The 41-year-old right-hander was hit hard in five appearances with the Ducks, allowing five earned runsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Jose Bautista, Duane Ward, Ricky Romero”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Nine years ago today, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto became the third Canadian to belt three home runs in a major league game. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman went deep off three different Chicago Cubs pitchers – Jon Lieber, Sean Marshall and Sean GallagherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first-ever spring training game. They beat the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,988 in Dunedin, Fla. Veteran right-hander Bill Singer, who also started the regular seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen”