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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Teahen, Justin Morneau, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Monday that Mark Teahen (Canadian citizen) had retired. This came three months after I reported it here. Apparently, I need a better marketing plan for my blog. This belated retirement report prompted the ever-witty Teahen to tweet,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Teahen, Justin Morneau, Jamie Romak”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Rob Ducey, Jim Adduci

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As Bob Elliott notes in a great piece for the Canadian Baseball Network, the Toronto Blue Jays could have three Canadians – Russell Martin (catcher, Montreal, Que.), Brett Lawrie (third base, Langley, B.C.) and Dalton Pompey (centre field, Mississauga, Ont.) – in their startingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Rob Ducey, Jim Adduci”

Morneau, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys – One won the National League batting title and the other was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at the catching position and is now one of the most coveted free agents on the market. Yes, Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) and Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) enjoyed outstandingContinue reading “Morneau, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • George Shuba, who played parts of three seasons with the Montreal Royals (1946, 1951, 1956), passed away on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio at the age of 89. The 5-foot-11 outfielder spent his entire professional career in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. And though he competedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer”