But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When the Toronto Blue Jays called up Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) on Friday, it topped off a great week for Canadians in the majors (Keep reading below for more Canadian highlights). The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Canadian to appear in a major leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy 58th Birthday to Paul Hodgson, who was the second Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Marysville, N.B., native was the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home run for the Blue Jays. After signing with the Blue Jays onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford has signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invite to big league spring training. The 6-foot-5 reliever struggled in 2017 after beginning the campaign on the disabled list with a right shoulderContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Stu Scheurwater, Chris Reitsma

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and 2017 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tim Raines told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Friday that he believes that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown. “When you talk about aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Stu Scheurwater, Chris Reitsma”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Vladimir Guerrero, Tom Brady, Roberto Alomar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2017 induction class on Thursday. Longtime Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and former Montreal Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero will be inducted in a ceremony in St. Marys, Ont., on June 24, alongside long-serving Baseball Canada presidentContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Vladimir Guerrero, Tom Brady, Roberto Alomar”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to the family of Charlottetown, P.E.I., native and ex-big leaguer Vern Handrahan who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday at the age of 79. One of just three big league players from P.E.I. (George Wood (Pownal, P.E.I.) and HenryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In a Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup in which the two-through-seven hitters are pulling in a combined $86.1 million this season, it was their eighth and ninth batters, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera, who are making just over $1 million between them, who came through inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I hope Toronto Blue Jays fans savored their opportunity to watch Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw make his first career start at Rogers Centre yesterday, even if he wasn’t at his most dominant. When all is said and done, Kershaw will be considered theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . Willie Stargell, Troy Tulowitzki, Bartolo Colon

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell would’ve turned 76 today. The Pittsburgh Pirates legend walloped 475 home runs in 21 major league seasons and was particularly potent with the bat against the Expos in Montreal. On July 16, 1969, he became the first playerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Willie Stargell, Troy Tulowitzki, Bartolo Colon”