But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 26 years ago today that Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to become the first – and still only – Canadian player honoured by the Cooperstown shrine. The 6-foot-5 right-hander won 284 major league gamesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Quantrill, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Ralph Branca

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Port Hope, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Quantrill who’s set to become the ninth member of Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence. He will be honoured during the organization’s National Teams Awards Banquet & Fundraiser set to take place atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Quantrill, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Ralph Branca”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Tim Wallach, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Vancouver, B.C., native and ex-Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond for helping the EDA Rhinos capture the Taiwan Series championship yesterday. The 37-year-old right-hander won nine games and hurled 152-2/3 innings for the Chinese Professional Baseball League club and was named the league’sContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Tim Wallach, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Seven years ago today, the Toronto Blue Jays dealt Scott Rolen to the Cincinnati Reds for pitching prospects Zach Stewart, Josh Roenicke and a struggling 26-year-old third baseman named Edwin Encarnacion. It was Stewart the Blue Jays coveted the most, but the Reds would onlyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Left-handers David Price and J.A. Happ have both made 21 starts since last season’s trade deadline, so let’s compare their statistics: Price: 136-2/3 innings pitched, 16-2 won/loss record, 3.69 ERA, 2.2 WAR. His salary for 2016 is $30 million. Happ: 128 innings pitched, 13-4 won/lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it feels like John Gibbons gets thrown out of a lot of games, that’s because he does get thrown out of a lot of games, at least that’s what the statistics say. Just 45 games into the 2016 season, the Toronto Blue Jays skipperContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the start for the Toronto Blue Jays today on his 32nd birthday. His birthday present: he gets to pitch against 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. For the record, this will be Estrada’s first big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Among the pitchers that Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has passed on the all-time wins list this season are Roy Halladay, Orel Hershiser and Hall of Famer Rube Marquard. But while I agree with the sabermetricians that say that wins aren’t a definingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill”

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”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bruce Sutter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Whitey Herzog called Bruce Sutter the “Sandy Koufax of relievers,” and on September 8, 1977, the Montreal Expos certainly felt the same way. Armed with his overpowering split-finger fastball, the bearded right-hander entered the game at Wrigley Field in the eighth inning with the Cubs and Expos deadlocked inContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bruce Sutter”