Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss

This is the fifth in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card I pulledContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jacques Doucet, Jeff Francis, Paul Quantrill, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Montreal Expos legendary play-by-play man Jacques Doucet who is one of eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award which is handed out annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. Doucet wasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jacques Doucet, Jeff Francis, Paul Quantrill, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his debut with the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Paxton’s start represented the first time in nearly 43 years that a Canadian pitcher has startedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Tom Goffena, Pedro Martinez, John Ogiltree

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The 2018 MLB Draft starts tomorrow with the first and second rounds. As a Canadian baseball junkie whenever the draft approaches, I always think of the 2002 Baseball America draft preview issue (pictured above) that featured Canadian left-handers Adam Loewen (Surrey, B.C.) and JeffContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Tom Goffena, Pedro Martinez, John Ogiltree”

Halladay, Guerrero headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017

Courtesy: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – Two dominant ex-major leaguers, two trailblazing, grassroots leaders and a gold medal-winning national team will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. Ex-Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and former Montreal Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero will be honoured in a ceremony on June 24 inContinue reading “Halladay, Guerrero headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 26 years ago today that Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to become the first – and still only – Canadian player honoured by the Cooperstown shrine. The 6-foot-5 right-hander won 284 major league gamesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Quantrill, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Ralph Branca

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Port Hope, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Quantrill who’s set to become the ninth member of Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence. He will be honoured during the organization’s National Teams Awards Banquet & Fundraiser set to take place atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Quantrill, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Ralph Branca”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, John Sullivan, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • According to Ryan Thibs, who tracks the baseball writers’ Hall of Fame ballots each year (Tracker here: http://is.gd/KSjpP7), Montreal Expos great Tim Raines has been voted for on 80.1 per cent of the 141 ballots made public. Candidates need 75 per cent support toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, John Sullivan, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Congratulations to Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) on his successful 11-year major league career. Hall of Fame writer Bob Elliott shared on the Canadian Baseball Network on Friday that Francis is retiring. A first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2002 MLB amateur draft, theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Having Lawrie and Lowrie on the same team in the same infield is a typo waiting to happen for a baseball writer. Fortunately for them, the Oakland A’s are reportedly looking to trade Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.). Susan Slusser of the San Francisco ChronicleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez”