But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jim Clancy, Pete Orr, Roy Howell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: So far so good for Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines in the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that have been made public, we know that Raines has been named on 50 of 56Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jim Clancy, Pete Orr, Roy Howell”

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

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 standardContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Jeff Francis, Gene Tenace”

September 15, 1977 – Remembering the game that Earl Weaver forfeited at Exhibition Stadium

The headline in the Toronto Star the next day read, “When the rain came, Earl went home.” And as the baseball community mourns the passing of Earl Weaver, who died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 82, many of those in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 15, 1977 still reminisce aboutContinue reading “September 15, 1977 – Remembering the game that Earl Weaver forfeited at Exhibition Stadium”

But What Do I Know? … Ryan Dempster, Justin Morneau, Jose Canseco

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Ryan Dempster, the pride of Gibsons, B.C., has been named the Chicago Cubs Opening Day starter in 2011. This will be his third Opening Day assignment. He started two previous openers with the Florida Marlins in 2001 and 2002. With 102 career victoriesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Ryan Dempster, Justin Morneau, Jose Canseco”

Roy Hartsfield, Blue Jays first manager, dies

The snow blanketing the field for the Toronto Blue Jays’ inaugural game on April 7, 1977, must have been a shock for Roy Hartsfield, the team’s first skipper who had managed the Padres’ Triple-A club in Hawaii for the previous four seasons. But a little snow wasn’t about to cool Hartsfield’s excitement. After 15 seasonsContinue reading “Roy Hartsfield, Blue Jays first manager, dies”

1982 All-Star Game was one of the greatest moments in Expos history

It was the first time that baseball’s elite had assembled outside of the U.S. for the mid-summer classic. Five Montreal Expos populated the National League roster, including three – Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines – voted to the squad by the fans. When you add in that Expos ace, Steve Rogers, was theContinue reading “1982 All-Star Game was one of the greatest moments in Expos history”