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 Gallagher... Continue Reading →

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 season... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of my favourite spring training stories so far this year is that according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Toronto Blue Jays players have taken to calling minor league instructor Tim Raines “HOF” – as in “Hall of Fame.” The Montreal Expos legend was elected to... Continue Reading →

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 have... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? … Tim Wallach, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Carlos Delgado

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Admittedly, I’ve been feeling nostalgic about the Montreal Expos lately, but last night I concocted a 2013 Toronto Blue Jays' coaching staff comprised entirely of 1981 Expos. This is merely a pipe dream and not to be... Continue Reading →

Votto’s new contract to dwarf the value of previous highest deals signed by Canadian MLBers

With Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto on the cusp of signing a reported 10-year, $225-million extension with the Cincinnati Reds, here’s a look back at the largest previous contracts signed by Canadians. A second chart is also included that reveals the Canadians that have made the most over the course of their big league careers,... Continue Reading →

Votto to be awarded Tip O’Neill Award Saturday night in Cincinnati

From Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto will be awarded his 2010 Tip O’Neill Award in a brief pre-game ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This is the first Tip O’Neill Award for the reigning National League MVP, an honour presented annually... Continue Reading →

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