New Canadian ball hall inductee Murray Cook recalls Gary Carter trade

When Murray Cook left the New York Yankees to become the general manager of the Montreal Expos on September 5, 1984, no one could’ve blamed him if he thought his new job would be less stressful. After all, the Sackville, N.B., native would no longer have George Steinbrenner breathing down his neck. But things didn’tContinue reading “New Canadian ball hall inductee Murray Cook recalls Gary Carter trade”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Wallach, Andy Pafko, George Steinbrenner

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – If you’re seeking Montreal Expos content in the League Championship Series, you’ll have to look to the coaching staffs. Tim Wallach, who played the most games for the Expos, is coaching third base for theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Wallach, Andy Pafko, George Steinbrenner”

From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Dave Pagan felt numb as he peered in for a sign from Thurman Munson. And a case of nerves was understandable for a 23-year-old prairie kid who had grown up in a tiny farming community in northeast Saskatchewan and was now pitching in front of more than 28,000 boisterousContinue reading “From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues”

The Boss wouldn’t have been happy about Yankees playoff exit

George Steinbrenner must be rolling over in his grave. His New York Yankees were not only swept in their American League Championship Series (ALCS), they were humiliated both on and – thanks to Alex Rodriguez – off the field. And after witnessing the Bronx Bombers’ 8-1 loss in the series-clincher on Thursday, the impetuous SteinbrennerContinue reading “The Boss wouldn’t have been happy about Yankees playoff exit”

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”

But What Do I Know? … Fred Lewis, Alex Gonzalez, Jose Canseco

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  In batting stance only, Jays outfielder Fred Lewis bears a striking resemblance to Devon White. Unfortunately, he leads the league in one of its more dubious, unofficial categories: brain cramps. So far, Lewis has done enough at the plate to offset his mentalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Fred Lewis, Alex Gonzalez, Jose Canseco”