He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was approaching the middle of May in the 1997 season and the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was sputtering. Joe Carter, in his final season with the club, had belted just two home runs in April. The club had resorted to using aging utility man Juan Samuel as aContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra”

Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott

  This excerpt from If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Blue Jays is printed with the permission of Triumph Books. For more information and to order a copy, please visit Indigo, McNally Robinson, Amazon.ca, or http://www.triumphbooks.com/WallsBlueJays. 1999 – The Shawn Green trade: A behind-the-scenes timeline By Bob Elliott A month after the 1999 season ended,Continue reading “Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man whoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame edition”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Ash, Bay, Dempster and Thomson on Saturday

June 11, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selections and four Tip O’Neill awards, and together would’ve formed a strong foundation for a professional baseball team.Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Ash, Bay, Dempster and Thomson on Saturday”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his debut with the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Paxton’s start represented the first time in nearly 43 years that a Canadian pitcher has startedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. Former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.),  versatile ex-pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.), esteemed coach Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and long-time executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.) willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson”

Bay, Dempster, Thomson, Ash elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

February 5, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release For Immediate Release Bay, Dempster, Thomson and Ash to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selectionsContinue reading “Bay, Dempster, Thomson, Ash elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In his 36 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth was a constant source of positivity and kindness and his narrative skills were second to none. The Blue Jays radio broadcasting icon was rightfully honoured with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s JackContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Nine years ago today, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto became the third Canadian to belt three home runs in a major league game. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman went deep off three different Chicago Cubs pitchers – Jon Lieber, Sean Marshall and Sean GallagherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Damaso Garcia, Bud Black

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Ah, the fickleness of fandom. I find it fascinating that some of the same fans that wanted Alex Anthopoulos fired in May are now the angriest that he’s leaving. Some baseball pundits have suggested that Anthopoulos would be a good fit with the MiamiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Damaso Garcia, Bud Black”