But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With a no-hitter, a 16-strikeout performance and the first two complete games of his major league career on his resume in the past 30 days, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) should be a lock for American League Pitcher of the Month honours. In five startsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford has signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invite to big league spring training. The 6-foot-5 reliever struggled in 2017 after beginning the campaign on the disabled list with a right shoulderContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, J.P. Arencibia, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Everyone from Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Frank Thomas to former Montreal Expos teammates Warren Cromartie, Vladimir Guerrero, Cliff Floyd and Tim Burke to current Blue Jays like Kevin Pillar offered their congratulations to Tim Raines via Twitter after he was elected to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, J.P. Arencibia, Rusty Staub”

But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I hope Toronto Blue Jays fans savored their opportunity to watch Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw make his first career start at Rogers Centre yesterday, even if he wasn’t at his most dominant. When all is said and done, Kershaw will be considered theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I won’t pretend that I really know Chris Colabello, but I do know this, in 29 years of going to spring training in Dunedin and attending Toronto Blue Jays games, I’ve never met a kinder, more generous player. I’ve told this story before, but inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas

The consensus among Blue Jays fans is that Frank Thomas’s tenure in Toronto was a disaster. The Big Hurt was 38 years old when he inked a two-year, $18.12-million deal with the Blue Jays on November 18, 2006. It’s a contract that many Jays supporters rank as one of the worst in franchise history. ButContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas”

Jason Dickson reflects on Cooperstown class of 2014

After the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 on January 8, former big leaguer Jason Dickson tweeted out congratulations to his “favourite player of all-time.” The Miramichi, N.B., native and current vice-president of Baseball Canada never had the opportunity to compete against Greg Maddux, but he greatly admired the soon-to-be CooperstownerContinue reading “Jason Dickson reflects on Cooperstown class of 2014”

But What Do I Know? … John McDonald, Pat Gillick, Frank Thomas

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I’m not writing this to bash Derek Jeter, but those of us who follow the Toronto Blue Jays know that John McDonald is the best fielding shortstop in the American League.  If reports that the Padres will listen to offers for firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … John McDonald, Pat Gillick, Frank Thomas”