But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         We’ll find out tomorrow at 6 p.m. E.T. if right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will become the second Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Back in 2004, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Jason BayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont”

But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to all of Baseball Canada’s 2018 National Team Award winners. The following awards were handed out on Saturday night: Stubby Clapp Award – Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, B.C.) Special Recognition Award – Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) Junior National Team MVP – Bo NaylorContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Jamie Romak, John Hiller, John Axford

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Think of what it would be like if you performed at a high level in your field for more than two decades and then finally 17 years after you’ve retired you receive the ultimate honour and are inducted into your field’s Hall of FameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Jamie Romak, John Hiller, John Axford”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         All of the presentations were outstanding at the third annual Canadian Baseball History Conference in London, Ont., on Saturday. Thank you to Andrew and Elena North for all that they do to put together this event and a special tip of the hat toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Dalton Pompey, Scott Thorman, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thank you to Scott Crawford at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for sharing with me that former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Vancouver native Scott Richmond topped the Italian Baseball League in ERA (1.81), strikeouts (109) and innings pitched (89 1/3) this season.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Dalton Pompey, Scott Thorman, Tim Raines”

Votto, Paxton head list of candidates for Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award

November 17, 2017 Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – One finished second in National League MVP voting and led the majors in on-base percentage, while the other was named his team’s Pitcher of the Year and the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.)Continue reading “Votto, Paxton head list of candidates for Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award”

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? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Thursday, Josh Donaldson became the third Toronto Blue Jays player to be named the American League MVP, joining George Bell, who won the honour in 1987 and Carlos Delgado in 2003. Oh wait. Sorry. Delgado finished second in 2003 to Alex Rodriguez inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Jack Graney

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) continues to showcase his tremendous throwing abilities. He has now nabbed 31 of 70 runners that have attempted to steal off of him this season. This gives him a major league-best 44 per cent caught-stealing percentage.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Jack Graney”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Adam Loewen, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons certainly has his share of detractors, but let’s give him credit where credit is due. It was Gibbons who lobbied for Ben Revere to play every day after the speedy outfielder was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Adam Loewen, George Kottaras”