Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Scott Brow

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada As Scott Brow peered in at Kansas City Royals legend and three-time batting champion George Brett in the first inning of his major league debut, he remembered his game plan. The studious Toronto Blue Jays right-hander, who had already recorded two quick outs, had been asked by a mediaContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Scott Brow”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines, Nick Pivetta

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With the scoreless inning he pitched for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, Calgary native Mike Soroka became the sixth Canadian hurler to appear in MLB’s Midsummer Classic. According to TSN Stats Centre on Twitter, he joins a list thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines, Nick Pivetta”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For me, the best news out of Toronto Blue Jays spring training has been that Vancouver native Scott Richmond is working as an analyst on the club’s radio broadcasts. The former Blue Jays pitcher is one of the nicest guys in his sport andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jenkins, Paxton, Gwynn, Votto, Therrien, Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When I talked to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Scott Crawford about his trip to Cooperstown for the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies last weekend, he mentioned that from his seats for the inductee parade he could watch eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jenkins, Paxton, Gwynn, Votto, Therrien, Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, John Axford, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finished his 19-year big league career with 284 wins pitching for non-playoff teams (Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox). I’ve often wondered how many more wins he could’ve accumulated if he had pitched for betterContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, John Axford, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Jesse Barfield, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With a 7-17 record and three of their stars – Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and J.A. Happ – still on the disabled list, the Toronto Blue Jays have had a horrible start to their season. But it must sting a little bit more forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Jesse Barfield, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The 1982 Topps Montreal Expos Future Stars card (pictured above) showcases Terry Francona and Brad Mills together on their first Topps baseball card. Both played for the Expos’ only playoff team in 1981 and 35 years later, Mills is serving as Francona’s bench coach forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In July, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced it would be revamping its Veterans Committee voting so that separate committees will now examine overlooked candidates from four different eras: Today’s Game (1988 to 2016), Modern Baseball (1970 to 1987), Golden Days (1950 to 1960)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Roy Halladay, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With every exhibition game in Montreal, I seem to get more sentimental. But this year’s festivities had a deeper meaning for those of us involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., because Jim Fanning was honoured prior to Saturday’s game.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Roy Halladay, Steve Rogers”