Remembering John Olerud’s 1993 season on his 53rd birthday

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Sports Illustrated writer Phil Taylor once wrote that John Olerud had “a swing so sweet it should be poured on pancakes.” That sweet swing, which Olerud perfected with help his from his dad, John Sr. and by reading Charley Lau’s book, The Art of Hitting .300, helped Olerud captureContinue reading “Remembering John Olerud’s 1993 season on his 53rd birthday”

These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last week, while listening to former big leaguer Bret Boone interview John Olerud for his podcast, I learned that Olerud was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1986 MLB draft out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. Olerud, of course, didn’tContinue reading “These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – MLB agent Scott Boras told reporters on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) is almost completely healthy after an injury-shortened 2020 season. “He’s far into bullpen [sessions] and is throwing bullpens for select teams,” BorasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My deepest condolences to Ernie Whitt and his family on the passing of his mother, Dolly, on April 7 at the age of 88 from the coronavirus (COVID-19). You can read Bob Elliott’s excellent article in which Whitt talks about his mom here. I rememberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was heartbroken to wake up to the news this morning that Toronto Blue Jays great and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez has passed away at the age of 57. I wrote an article about the Blue Jays great here. MyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Larry Walker, Jim Henderson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please keep sending your thoughts and prayers to Toronto Blue Jays legend and 2008 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez whose condition is improving but he remains in hospital due to complications from a kidney disease. Fernandez has been fighting Polycystic KidneyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Larry Walker, Jim Henderson, Vladimir Guerrero”

Morneau, Olerud, Ward and Doucet to be inducted into Canadian ball hall

February 4, 2020 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction class includes two all-star first basemen that have won major league batting titles, the most effective set-up man in Toronto Blue Jays history and a legendary Montreal Expos broadcaster. Canadian slugger JustinContinue reading “Morneau, Olerud, Ward and Doucet to be inducted into Canadian ball hall”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Pedro Martinez, John Olerud

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal native Russell Martin’s solo home run off of Seattle Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales in the top of the fourth inning on Friday night was his 64th as a Toronto Blue Jay. This moves him into second place among Toronto Blue Jays catchers forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Pedro Martinez, John Olerud”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Miller, Russell Martin, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On April 12, 2016, left-hander Andrew Miller struck out two Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning to record the save for the New York Yankees in a 3-2 win at Rogers Centre. That was his last appearance against the Blue Jays prior to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Miller, Russell Martin, Steve Rogers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My hope is that some in the baseball community today will pause to remember Marty Boryczewski. He was a catcher with the Pioneer League’s Lethbridge Mounties in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1994 before moving on to a career in investment banking with Cantor FitzgeraldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau”