But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s Grey Cup Sunday and today I’m thinking about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim McKean. Most remember the Montreal native as a highly respected major league umpire for 28 years. But prior to his umpiring career, he played in the CFL andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thursday wasn’t a good day for Philadelphia Phillies players born in Victoria, B.C. After allowing one earned run in 4-2/3 innings in his start that day, Nick Pivetta was sent down to the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs following the game. In four big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Wayne Gretzky shared that baseball was his favourite sport when he was growing up. The Brantford, Ont., native, who’s the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, said that if he had been given the choice of playing professional hockey orContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Goose Gossage, Rob Butler, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage, who regularly reminds people that he pitched multiple innings in his relief appearances, was angered by Jose Bautista’s bat flip last October, I can just imagine his opinion about Toronto Blue Jays set-up man Drew Storen not beingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Goose Gossage, Rob Butler, Dave Stieb”

From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Dave Pagan felt numb as he peered in for a sign from Thurman Munson. And a case of nerves was understandable for a 23-year-old prairie kid who had grown up in a tiny farming community in northeast Saskatchewan and was now pitching in front of more than 28,000 boisterousContinue reading “From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues”