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

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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, the... Continue Reading →

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

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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 Chronicle... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For a major league team to make the postseason these days, they require their stars to be stars, but they also need to have one or two outstanding performers that come out of nowhere. The Toronto Blue Jays have five such players. Twenty year-old... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Jeff Francis, Gene Tenace

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • After the Toronto Blue Jays traded third baseman Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) to the Oakland A’s as part of the package for Josh Donaldson on November 28, almost every Jays fan I encountered said that they wished the club hadn’t traded Lawrie. My standard... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Andrew Albers, Joe Carter

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The official obituary for Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Fanning appeared in Saturday’s London Free Press. The life of the legendary Montreal Expos executive and field manager, who passed away of heart failure on April 25 at the age of 87, will be... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Michael Saunders, Jeff Francis

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When you see tributes to Jim Fanning on Twitter from everyone from former players like Tim Raines and Tim Burke to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to several members of the Toronto media, you realize just how universally loved and respected “Gentleman Jim” was. Fanning... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Borders, Cal Quantrill, Jim Henderson

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Pat Borders to manage the Short-Season Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters for the 2015 season. The 1992 World Series MVP suited up for 17 big league campaigns, including parts of eight (1988 to 1994, 1999) with... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Erik Bedard, Scott Diamond

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) and Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.), two Canadians who pitched for the bulk of their careers at Wrigley Field, took to Twitter yesterday to pay tribute to Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who passed away on Friday at the age of 83.... Continue Reading →

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