But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Just a reminder that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., opened its doors for the season yesterday. It’s well worth a visit. For more information about its hours and its COVID-19 safety precautions, pleaseContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Montreal native Russell Martin helped make history on Tuesday when he belted two home runs against the New York Yankees in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez also clubbed two home runs, marking the firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jesse Crain, Dustin McGowan

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Today seems like an appropriate day to remember “Luscious Luke” Easter, a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the Cleveland Indians on August 11, 1949. Known for clubbing tape-measure homers –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jesse Crain, Dustin McGowan”

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

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

But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition

For this week’s column, I thought I would provide updates on several of the Canadian players and coaches that were in big league camps this spring: – After posting a 6.88 ERA in five appearances – including three starts – with the Tampa Bay Rays this spring, Navan, Ont., native Erik Bedard was released onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Jesse Crain

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., is offering fans a chance to own a piece of Toronto Blue Jays history. The ball shrine is selling seats from Exhibition Stadium, the firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Jesse Crain”

Who will win the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award?

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys – Four Canadians made their Major League debuts, two were selected for the All-Star game and one hoisted the World Series trophy for his first time. Yes, 2013 was a banner year for Canadian baseball players – 22 of whom competed in the big leagues thisContinue reading “Who will win the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award?”

But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Jesse Crain, 1994 Montreal Expos

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Dorchester, Ont., native Chris Robinson recorded his first big league hit in style last night when he belted a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning off of Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Eury De La Rosa.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Jesse Crain, 1994 Montreal Expos”

Canadian connections to the MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian will be playing in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive season. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who grew up in Etobicoke, Ont., will start at first base for the National League in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. Toronto-born reliever Jesse Crain, who has postedContinue reading “Canadian connections to the MLB All-Star Game”

But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Pete Orr, Jesse Jefferson

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – I’ve met Canadian catcher Russell Martin three times and each time I found him to be warm, engaging and charismatic. So I was surprised and disappointed by his selfish – by his own admission –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Pete Orr, Jesse Jefferson”