Original Blue Jay Chuck Hartenstein passes away at 79

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Chuck Hartenstein, a relief pitcher on the 1977 Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79. The University of Texas Athletics department reported his death on their website on Tuesday. After major league tenures with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and BostonContinue reading “Original Blue Jay Chuck Hartenstein passes away at 79”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Ernie Whitt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It took 30 years but Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finally has some Canadian company in the plaque gallery in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) joked about joining Jenkins in hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Ernie Whitt”

A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He played in the long shadow of Johnny Bench and then Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk. And somewhere along the way, baseball fans and writers forgot just how good Ted Simmons was. But the eight-time All-Star catcher is finally getting his due. On Wednesday, he’ll be inducted into theContinue reading “A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jacob Robson, Joey Votto, Rowan Wick, Rheal Cormier

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –Outfielder Jacob Robson’s parents enjoyed an eight-minute helicopter ride from Windsor to Detroit to take in their son’s first major league start at Comerica Park on Friday, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Batting ninth and playing left fieldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jacob Robson, Joey Votto, Rowan Wick, Rheal Cormier”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Black, Richard Trembecki, Rob Ducey, Ryan Dempster

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -The first round of the MLB draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. E.T. Thirty-six selections – including each team’s first-round pick and the seven Competitive Balance A picks – will be announced tonight and there’s a decent chance thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Black, Richard Trembecki, Rob Ducey, Ryan Dempster”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada A player born in Canada will be competing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 23rd time in the past 24 Midsummer Classics. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s all-starContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Baseball Canada has unveiled the names of the 25 players that will comprise the national team roster at the Baseball Americas Olympic qualifier that will take place from May 31 to June 5 in Palm Beach and St. Lucie, Fla. SeveralContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland”

Fun Fergie Facts: Jenkins homered and threw a complete game in the same game 10 times

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada May 15th represented the 50th anniversary of a game in which Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins not only tossed a complete game for the Chicago Cubs in their 6-4 win over the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, but he also clubbed a two-run home run to help hisContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: Jenkins homered and threw a complete game in the same game 10 times”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 40 years ago yesterday that first baseman John Mayberry was named the captain of the Toronto Blue Jays. “I felt like the club needed a leader and that’s why I appointed Big John,” Blue Jays manager Bobby Mattick told reporters at the time. “He was the onlyContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry”