Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Resurrected

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last summer, I started what I had hoped would be a regular feature called “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl.” I wrote three blog entries within two months and then got sidetracked with other projects, but I wanted to resurrect this feature because I still feel like Puhl doesn’t getContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Resurrected”

These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last week, while listening to former big leaguer Bret Boone interview John Olerud for his podcast, I learned that Olerud was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1986 MLB draft out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. Olerud, of course, didn’tContinue reading “These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?”

Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 40 years ago yesterday that first baseman John Mayberry was named the captain of the Toronto Blue Jays. “I felt like the club needed a leader and that’s why I appointed Big John,” Blue Jays manager Bobby Mattick told reporters at the time. “He was the onlyContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the retirement of Ron Gardenhire, the Detroit Tigers are searching for a new manager. I would suggest that one excellent candidate was born right across the border in Windsor, Ont. Stubby Clapp, who was interviewed by theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins”

Remembering Joe Morgan and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranked him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. The infield legend, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 77 from a reported nerve condition (aContinue reading “Remembering Joe Morgan and his Canadian connections”

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Mr. Steady in the field and at the plate

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When I’ve mentioned Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Terry Puhl’s name to a player or coach who was around Major League Baseball during the late 1970s or in the 1980s, they often remember him as a “steady,” “dependable” or “solid all-around” outfielder. In a Twitter exchange with JimContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Mr. Steady in the field and at the plate”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Mike Soroka, Abraham Toro, Vernon Wells

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) injured the middle finger on his throwing hand in the eighth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. After retiring the first two batters he faced,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Mike Soroka, Abraham Toro, Vernon Wells”

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Terry “owned” Tom Terrific

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was a quiet summer night about two years ago when I was perusing Twitter and stumbled upon a tweet from legendary left-hander Jim Kaat. Kaat had written that nobody could say they “owned” Tom Seaver except for former Montreal Expo and Toronto Blue Jay Tommy Hutton, who wentContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Terry “owned” Tom Terrific”

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Over the past two decades, Canadian baseball fans – like myself – have been spoiled. We’ve been able to watch elite offensive talents like Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.), Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.), Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.), Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) and Joey VottoContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1”