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, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton is rounding into form at the right time for the New York Yankees. After going 6-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 35 1/3 innings in six starts in August, the Canadian lefty allowedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last Sunday, on the same day I sent out my column wondering why there had been no update on Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the Canadian infielder had officially signed a minor league deal with the club. The contractContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Robin Yount

Long-time Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor became a fan favorite in Toronto after Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick signed him to a three-year deal prior to the 1993 season. What most Blue Jays fans might not know is that Molitor wasn’t the first Hall of Fame Brewer that Gillick had targeted. I recently discovered anContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Robin Yount”

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”

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of some of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. Here are obituaries of the legends that passed away in the second half of the year: Dick Williams, July 7 Elected to the National Baseball Hall ofContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2”

Original Blue Jay Jesse Jefferson dies

Jesse Jefferson, a right-handed pitcher on the Toronto Blue Jays 1977 squad, has passed away at the age of 62. He died of prostate cancer in his hometown of Midlothian, Va., on Thursday. Selected by the Jays in the 1976 expansion draft, Jefferson was a mainstay on the club’s pitching staff from 1977 to 1980.Continue reading “Original Blue Jay Jesse Jefferson dies”