But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 55th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ducey! Born in Toronto, Ducey was raised in Cambridge, Ont. The left-handed hitting outfielder was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         “I’m not thinking about baseball right now, if I’m honest. I’m just trying to take it moment by moment and look after the people closest to me.” That’s what  Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) told Sridhar Pappu forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Cox

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         What team had the most hits in an inning off Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) this spring? The answer is the Canadian Junior National Team (JNT), a squad he once honed his skills with. Ontario Blue Jays outfielder David Calabrese (Maple,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Cox”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Tyler O’Neill, Rowan Wick, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Today is International Women’s Day and I’m blessed to have many strong women in my life as friends, colleagues and relatives. I’d especially like to pay tribute to my mother Glenyce Glew. She has been a tremendous role model and a source of unconditionalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Tyler O’Neill, Rowan Wick, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If there’s a better guy in professional baseball than Scott Richmond, I haven’t met him. The Vancouver native is kind, thoughtful and inspiring and he recently told me that after 15 years in the pro ranks, he is retiring. However, like fellow B.C. native,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I’ve been fortunate to interview a large number of players and ex-players during my writing career, but few have had a greater impact on me than Derek Aucoin. He’s a 6-foot-7 gentle giant whose heart is even bigger than his physical stature. Derek hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Speaking of Jason Bay, he’s the only Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. That could change this year, however, with the way Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka is pitching for the Atlanta Braves. Through 12 starts, Soroka is 8-1Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         One of my annual traditions when I visit Dunedin Stadium is to find the names of Canadians who once starred for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ on the club’s wall of excellence located in the concourse down the right field line. The name of eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Jordan Romano, Tim Harkness, Fergie Jenkins

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Burnaby, B.C. native Jim Adduci signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs this week. The 33-year-old first baseman/outfielder enjoyed his longest tenure in the big leagues in 2018, batting .267 in 59 games for the Detroit Tigers. He also hit .309Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Jordan Romano, Tim Harkness, Fergie Jenkins”