But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When is the last time you heard someone discuss the “Fenway Park effect” when evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. And while people continually bring up Coors Field when debating whether Canadian Larry Walker (MapleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jacques Doucet, Jeff Francis, Paul Quantrill, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Montreal Expos legendary play-by-play man Jacques Doucet who is one of eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award which is handed out annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. Doucet wasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jacques Doucet, Jeff Francis, Paul Quantrill, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 19 years ago today that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker became the first Canadian to win a big league MVP Award. The left-handed-hitting slugger captured the National League honour by batting .366 and belting 49 home runs during the 1997 season. HeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Longtime Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is excited that his former club will be playing in the postseason for the first time in 22 years. Earlier this morning, he sent out a congratulatory message to the Blue Jays on Twitter. “Congrats to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra”

Cleveland Indians legend Jack Graney honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame

Just over 100 years after he walked to the plate to become the first batter to face Babe Ruth in a big league game, St. Thomas, Ont., native Jack Graney was honoured with a plaque on his hometown’s Wall of Fame. The former Cleveland Indians outfielder and broadcaster, who singled up the middle against theContinue reading “Cleveland Indians legend Jack Graney honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame”

New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!”

Dave Van Horne says it would be easy for him to claim that his famous “El Presidente, El Perfecto!” call after Dennis Martinez recorded the final out in his perfect game on July 28, 1991 was a spontaneous exclamation, but that wouldn’t be the truth. “I was working the telecast with Ken Singleton and inContinue reading “New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!””

Tom Cheek on my work: “Who writes this stuff anyway?”

*I thought it was fitting to re-publish this blog entry (initially published last December) on the day Tom Cheek will be posthumously honoured with the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award. I was a timid, fresh-faced, recent college grad when I first met former Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster Tom Cheek. InContinue reading “Tom Cheek on my work: “Who writes this stuff anyway?””

Tom Cheek about my work: “Who writes this stuff anyway?”

I was a timid, fresh-faced, recent college grad when I first met former Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster Tom Cheek. In 1997, I helped two selfless St. Marys residents, Terry McEwan and Christine Douglas, with some of the logistics of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s celebrity fundraising golf tournament. Cheek was the emcee ofContinue reading “Tom Cheek about my work: “Who writes this stuff anyway?””

But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Gary Carter, Scott Mathieson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  I can understand the Blue Jays’ decision to move Jose Bautista to third base until Brett Lawrie recovers from his broken hand. But the idea of Corey Patterson, Rajai Davis and Eric Thames patrolling the outfield togetherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Gary Carter, Scott Mathieson”

Top Canadian Baseball Stories of 2010 – Part 2

Here’s part two of my look back at the top Canadian baseball stories of 2010 (in no particular order): Ex-Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne wins Ford C. Frick While Jays fans lobbied for Tom Cheek to win the Ford C. Frick Award, it has to be considered a victory for Canadian baseball that longtime ExposContinue reading “Top Canadian Baseball Stories of 2010 – Part 2”