But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Adam Hall, James Paxton, Oscar Judd

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Former Montreal Expos outfielder Ellis Valentine is the most talented player with the last name “Valentine” to suit up in the big leagues. This five-tool talent, who grew up in South Central, LosContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Adam Hall, James Paxton, Oscar Judd”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Oscar Judd, Troy Glaus

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jon Morosi, of Fox Sports and the MLB Network, reported on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) recently threw at a showcase in front of scouts from “as many as 20” major league teams. MorosiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Oscar Judd, Troy Glaus”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – MLB agent Scott Boras told reporters on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) is almost completely healthy after an injury-shortened 2020 season. “He’s far into bullpen [sessions] and is throwing bullpens for select teams,” BorasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellen Harrigan, Freddie Freeman, James Paxton, Jackie Robinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Congratulations to Kim Ng, who was named the general manager of the Miami Marlins on Friday. With this assignment, she becomes the first female general manager in major league history. Ng has spent 21 years working in theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ellen Harrigan, Freddie Freeman, James Paxton, Jackie Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Jason Bay, James Paxton

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you’re looking for the Canadian who had the best full season in the professional ranks this year, look no further than London, Ont., native Jamie Romak. While his major league counterparts were playing an abbreviated 60-game schedule,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Jason Bay, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         We’ll find out tomorrow at 6 p.m. E.T. if right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will become the second Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Back in 2004, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Jason BayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It was 41 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays began assembling their first team via the 1976 Major League Baseball Expansion Draft. With their first pick, the Blue Jays selected Bob Bailor from the Baltimore Orioles. Bailor proceeded to bat .310 inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Bodog, an online gambling site, is listing Corunna, Ont., native Rob Thomson as the favourite to be the new manager of the New York Yankees in wake of Joe Girardi’s surprising dismissal on Thursday. Thomson, who has been with the Bronx Bombers organization forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tom Murphy, Pete Orr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • It’s been an eventful week for Montreal native Russell Martin. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates extended a one-year, $15.3-million qualifying offer to him and two days later, he was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at the catching position. Martin, who’s comingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tom Murphy, Pete Orr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Andre Dawson, Jim Henderson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Friday that the Pittsburgh Pirates intend to extend a $15.3-million qualifying offer to free agent Russell Martin. Coming off one of his finest big league seasons, the Canadian catcher reportedly declined a multi-year offer by Pirates duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Andre Dawson, Jim Henderson”