But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If the Toronto Blue Jays advance to the post-season, the first Christmas card they should send out this December should be to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Searage helped turn around the careers of three ex-Pirates who are now key members of the BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Left-handers David Price and J.A. Happ have both made 21 starts since last season’s trade deadline, so let’s compare their statistics: Price: 136-2/3 innings pitched, 16-2 won/loss record, 3.69 ERA, 2.2 WAR. His salary for 2016 is $30 million. Happ: 128 innings pitched, 13-4 won/lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Justin Morneau, Matt Stairs

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It’s now been confirmed that 2016 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Kubek will not be attending the ceremony on June 18 in St. Marys, Ont. The four other living inductees – Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Wayne Norton and Howard Starkman – will allContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Justin Morneau, Matt Stairs”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, Jesse Litsch

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Rule No. 1 of Canadian baseball blogging is don’t criticize Jose Bautista unless you’re prepared for an onslaught of vitriol from his online supporters. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. So on Thursday, when Goose Gossage called Bautista “a disgrace toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, Jesse Litsch”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, J.A. Happ, Clyde Mashore

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Today would’ve been Jackie Robinson’s 97th birthday and it’s a day that Canadians should celebrate. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Robinson starred at second base for the triple-A Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team, in 1946. It’s widelyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, J.A. Happ, Clyde Mashore”