But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Veteran right-handers Scott Mathieson and Scott Richmond, who were both born in Vancouver, had hoped to pitch for Canada at the Olympics this summer and then retire. With the Olympics postponed until 2021, however, bothContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.”

Blue Jays’ first-ever draft pick, Tom Goffena, passes away at 61

  June 11, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom Goffena, the first player the Toronto Blue Jays ever selected in the MLB June amateur draft, has passed away at the age of 61. According to his friend, Mark Bulle, Goffena had been battling colon cancer for the past 10 years. “Tom passed awayContinue reading “Blue Jays’ first-ever draft pick, Tom Goffena, passes away at 61”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) posted this powerful photo (below) on Twitter on Tuesday.  He also shared a more personal message two days later. He is an important voice to be listening toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Rolen, Murray Zuk, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         So you think it’s easy for writers to fill out their National Baseball Hall of Fame ballots? Go ahead and pretend you have a vote and fill out your own ballot. This was an exercise I undertook on Thursday, and let me tell you,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Rolen, Murray Zuk, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield, Lloyd Moseby or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsibleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Bodog, an online gambling site, is listing Corunna, Ont., native Rob Thomson as the favourite to be the new manager of the New York Yankees in wake of Joe Girardi’s surprising dismissal on Thursday. Thomson, who has been with the Bronx Bombers organization forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? … Joey Votto, George Selkirk, Terry Puhl, Al Widmar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s good to know that Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto is not only a Hall of Fame calibre player, but a Hall of Fame guy. You’ve probably read about Votto’s relationship with Walter “Superbubz” Herbert, a six-year-old fan with neuroblastoma. Votto had met withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Joey Votto, George Selkirk, Terry Puhl, Al Widmar”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Andre Dawson, Paul Spoljaric, Joey Votto

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto reached two more statistical milestones this week. On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds slugger scored his 100th run of the season. This marks the fifth time he has tallied 100 runs in a major league season, tying him withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Andre Dawson, Paul Spoljaric, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Jesse Barfield, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With a 7-17 record and three of their stars – Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and J.A. Happ – still on the disabled list, the Toronto Blue Jays have had a horrible start to their season. But it must sting a little bit more forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Jesse Barfield, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 induction ceremony less than two weeks away, I thought I’d do some research to find out if new inductees Pat Hentgen and Dennis Martinez ever pitched against each other, and I discovered that they did. On AugustContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher”