But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

Fun Fergie Facts: 24 wins, 30 complete games, 6 HRs, .478 SLG

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series that will honour Fergie Jenkins, the greatest Canadian to play in the big leagues. In each of these articles, I will highlight a little-known but outstanding fact about the Hall of Famer that was born in Chatham, Ont. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in CanadaContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: 24 wins, 30 complete games, 6 HRs, .478 SLG”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Vladimir Guerrero, Joey Votto, Gladwyn Scott

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As anticipated Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame when the voting results were announced on Wednesday. The Canadian slugger’s name was checked on 34.1 per cent of writers’ ballots, which represented a 12.2 perContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Vladimir Guerrero, Joey Votto, Gladwyn Scott”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As the MLB amateur draft approaches (June 12 to June 14), it’s important to remember that it’s not just first-round picks that end up in the Hall of Fame. For example, 42 years ago today, the Montreal Expos chose Andre Dawson, out of FloridaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak”

But What Do I Know? . . . Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Jose Bautista, Duane Ward, Ricky Romero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it (like I did), Mascouche, Que., native Eric Gagne ended his comeback bid with the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks on May 20. The 41-year-old right-hander was hit hard in five appearances with the Ducks, allowing five earned runsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Jose Bautista, Duane Ward, Ricky Romero”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dustin McGowan, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: After 13 long seasons in the minors, right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) was called up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Unfortunately, he did not pitch in a game before the Tigers shipped him back to triple-A Toledo two days later. A 15th round pickContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dustin McGowan, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joe Krakauskas, Jesse Chavez

My weekly observations and opinions about some Canadian baseball stories: – Following his walk-off home run on Sunday, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau is batting .327 with nine homers in 42 games for the Colorado Rockies this season. His stellar performance has enabled him to move up on the all-time Canadian leaderboard in twoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joe Krakauskas, Jesse Chavez”

Cooperstowners in Canada: George Brett

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada George Brett was a Blue Jay killer. Any longtime Toronto Blue Jays fan is likely to tell you that. And of the seemingly countless games in which the Hall of Fame third baseman teed off on Blue Jays’ pitching, Game 3 of the 1985 American League Championship Series (ALCS)Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: George Brett”