But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Veteran right-handers Scott Mathieson and Scott Richmond, who were both born in Vancouver, had hoped to pitch for Canada at the Olympics this summer and then retire. With the Olympics postponed until 2021, however, bothContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.”

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? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins

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 in the big leagues when he debuted withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza, Kirk McCaskill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It’s safe to say that 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza enjoyed hitting against the Toronto Blue Jays. In 117 games versus the Blue Jays – including one at Exhibition Stadium – Griffey Jr. batted .301, belted 35Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza, Kirk McCaskill”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, Jesse Litsch

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Rule No. 1 of Canadian baseball blogging is don’t criticize Jose Bautista unless you’re prepared for an onslaught of vitriol from his online supporters. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. So on Thursday, when Goose Gossage called Bautista “a disgrace toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, Jesse Litsch”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, John Sullivan, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • According to Ryan Thibs, who tracks the baseball writers’ Hall of Fame ballots each year (Tracker here: http://is.gd/KSjpP7), Montreal Expos great Tim Raines has been voted for on 80.1 per cent of the 141 ballots made public. Candidates need 75 per cent support toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, John Sullivan, Fergie Jenkins”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to … Mike Gardiner

While other kids were shoveling snow off their backyard rinks, Mike Gardiner was clearing the sidewalk in front of his house, so he could play catch with his dad. “I always played catch on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day,” recalled Gardiner, a Sarnia, Ont., native who pitched six seasons in the big leagues. “MyContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to … Mike Gardiner”