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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Joey Votto, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In a final classy gesture, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will step aside today to allow Montreal native Russell Martin to manage the team for the club’s final game of the season. The 35-year-old Martin, who has not played since September 3, willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Joey Votto, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, John Axford, Joey Votto, Brett Gray

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If I’m a Canadian major leaguer, I’d consider wearing full body armor in the field these days. In the past two weeks, three Canadians, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.), John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) and Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) have been hit with fast-moving baseballsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, John Axford, Joey Votto, Brett Gray”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Dave Stieb, George Gibson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It was 27 years ago yesterday that Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins became the first – and still only – Canadian player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. You can watch his induction speech here: ·         One player making aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Dave Stieb, George Gibson”

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, Lloyd Moseby or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsibleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty-one years ago today, two days after he was acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Philadelphia Phillies, Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins relieved Cubs starter Bob Hendley in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As excited as I was when Jose Bautista hit his three-run, bat flip home run in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series, I was almost equally disappointed to watch Bautista’s performance in the media scrum after yesterday’s lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons”

Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history

Canadian baseball history was made in the Minnesota Twins’ 11-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians last Friday. In that contest, Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond pitched a complete-game shutout and Justin Morneau, the pride of New Westminster, B.C., homered. This marked the first time in major league history that Canadian teammates have thrown a shutoutContinue reading “Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history”