Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Jeff DeWillis?

Jeff DeWillis in spring training with the Blue Jays in 1986. Photo supplied. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jeff DeWillis dug into the batter’s box at Comiskey Park with two outs in the top of the fifth inning with the Toronto Blue Jays trailing the Chicago White Sox 3-2. One of his catching heroes,... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellen Harrigan, Freddie Freeman, James Paxton, Jackie Robinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Congratulations to Kim Ng, who was named the general manager of the Miami Marlins on Friday. With this assignment, she becomes the first female general manager in major league history. Ng has spent 21 years working in the... Continue Reading →

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 to... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner in... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Don Wade of the Daily Memphian reported on Monday that the Texas Rangers have had “preliminary discussions” with Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp about their vacant managerial position. Wade also indicates that if Clapp doesn’t get a big league manager’s job with another club,... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Joey Votto, Jimmy Key

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After Toronto Blue Jays back-up catcher Luke Maile went 2-for-4 with a walk-off single and three RBI in the second game of his club’s doubleheader sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Montreal native Russell Martin, who started the first contest, was playfully... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Erik Bedard, Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For baseball writers on the fence about whether Larry Walker deserves their Hall of Fame vote, I offer this tweet from Ryan Spaeder (@TheAceofSpaeder on Twitter) that was sent out on Tuesday: “No player in baseball history has more career home runs (383) and... Continue Reading →

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