But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, John Cerutti

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -The Toronto Blue Jays must beat the Baltimore Orioles in their final game of the season today and one of (or both) the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees must lose for the Blue Jays to play inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, John Cerutti”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Ernie Whitt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It took 30 years but Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finally has some Canadian company in the plaque gallery in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) joked about joining Jenkins in hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Ernie Whitt”

Walker does Canada proud, hits home run with induction speech

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Larry Walker batted third at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. That had to give the nervous Maple Ridge, B.C., native, who had several sleepless nights thinking about his speech, some comfort. After all, his favourite number is three and he hit third inContinue reading “Walker does Canada proud, hits home run with induction speech”

Walker’s Hall of Fame speech keeping him up at night

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fittingly, Larry Walker’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction conference call began at 3:33 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The Canadian slugger’s love of the No. 3 is well-known. His jersey number was 33. He swung the bat three times (or a multiple of three times) in the batter’s boxContinue reading “Walker’s Hall of Fame speech keeping him up at night”

Votto records 2,000th MLB hit

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada With his seventh-inning single on Monday night, Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) became the second Canadian to record 2,000 major league hits. Hall of Famer Larry Walker was the first. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame onContinue reading “Votto records 2,000th MLB hit”

“El Presidente! El Perfecto!” – Dennis Martinez’s perfect game 30 years later

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 30 years ago today that “El Presidente” was “El Perfecto.” That was how legendary broadcaster Dave Van Horne poetically summarized Montreal Expos ace Dennis Martinez’s perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers three decades ago (Listen in the video below). The 36-year-old Martinez, who had re-established himselfContinue reading ““El Presidente! El Perfecto!” – Dennis Martinez’s perfect game 30 years later”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Steve Rogers, Scott Diamond

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Get well soon to Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) who revealed last Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Walker was scheduled to take part in the All-Star Game festivities in Denver, Colo., but he was forced toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Steve Rogers, Scott Diamond”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada A player born in Canada will be competing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 23rd time in the past 24 Midsummer Classics. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s all-starContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

These Canadians played what position?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most of us think of Matt Stairs as a burly outfielder/pinch-hitter with a powerful, slo-pitch-like swing. And we remember Larry Walker as a rifle-armed right fielder and Justin Morneau and Joey Votto as MVP Award-winning first basemen. But none of these Canadian sluggers entered the pro ranks at theseContinue reading “These Canadians played what position?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Tom Cheek, Ernie Whitt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Since being activated from the 10-day injured list on May 27, Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) has been red hot. In his last 14 games, he has hit .345 and clubbed seven home runs. He now has 15Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Tom Cheek, Ernie Whitt”