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”

But What Do I Know? … Jeffrey Loria, Erik Bedard, Reed Johnson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is often described as an art dealer. If he was the one who OK’d his team’s hideous new uniforms, I’d hate to see his art collection.  Well, I was wrong aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jeffrey Loria, Erik Bedard, Reed Johnson”

Canadian Free Agents – Jeff Francis

Vancouver, B.C. native Jeff Francis became a free agent last Wednesday when the Colorado Rockies declined to exercise his $7-million option for 2011. Plagued by shoulder woes for the past two seasons, the Canuck southpaw, whose 55 career victories make him the winningest left-hander in Rockies history, is hoping to stay in Denver. MLB TradeContinue reading “Canadian Free Agents – Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? … John Buck, Kevin Gregg, Sparky Anderson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  All this talk about John Buck striking it rich on the free-agent market with a multi-year deal seems far-fetched. Sure, the Jays catcher hit 20 homers this year, but he’s a .243 career hitter who’s average defensively. I appreciate that he had aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … John Buck, Kevin Gregg, Sparky Anderson”