A look at Toronto Blue Jays 100-RBI seasons

September 20, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When Willie Upshaw singled to drive in Dave Collins and Rance Mulliniks in the third inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners at Exhibition Stadium 39 years ago today, he became the first Blue Jays player to record 100 RBIs in... Continue Reading →

Gibbons believes Manoah can be a superstar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsWILi6aFcg *Watch Stu Stone’s full interview with John Gibbons for the former Toronto Blue Jays manager’s weekly “Talking Points” feature, sponsored by Bodog Canada, by clicking on the video above. June 20, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada John Gibbons likes to call Alek Manoah “The Grizzly.” That’s a reference to the 24-year-old right-hander’s... Continue Reading →

Gibbons on Blue Jays’ struggles: “There’s no need to worry.”

May 16, 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Riy25u6b6A *Watch Stu Stone’s full interview with John Gibbons for the former Toronto Blue Jays manager’s weekly “Talking Points” feature, sponsored by Bodog Canada, by clicking on the video above. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada John Gibbons is encouraging Toronto Blue Jays fans to be patient with this year’s team. Just... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista

Happy (Luke) Easter! By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Trivia – Who is the only Canadian to play for four different MLB teams in a season?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was exactly 20 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Dave Martinez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later (which would be right-hander Peter Munro). When Martinez suited up with the Blue Jays, it was the fourth major league... Continue Reading →

Carter’s World Series-winning HR still Canada’s favourite baseball moment, according to Canadian ball hall survey

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Joe Carter’s World Series-winning home run remains the No. 1 moment among Canadian baseball fans, according to a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame survey. Carter’s three-run blast off Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1993 Fall Classic was... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, George Selkirk, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) and versatile pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame together this summer, it got me wondering how Bay fared against Dempster in the major leagues. The answer is not very... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Montreal Expos, Matt Stairs, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         To Toronto Blue Jays fans, it’s simply known as the “bat flip” and it happened three years ago today. The seventh inning of Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers was arguably the wildest and most exciting inning... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Dalton Pompey, Scott Thorman, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thank you to Scott Crawford at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for sharing with me that former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Vancouver native Scott Richmond topped the Italian Baseball League in ERA (1.81), strikeouts (109) and innings pitched (89 1/3) this season.... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, John Axford, Jim Adduci, Ryan Goins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For those of us who remember the exciting Montreal Expos teams from the ’80s and ’90s, one of the highlights of the Toronto Blue Jays exhibition games at Olympic Stadium over the past three years has been the Expos legends that have returned and... Continue Reading →

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