But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Mike Soroka, Pumpsie Green

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Mariano Rivera, the late Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and Harold Baines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon in Cooperstown. It’s a bittersweet day for Toronto Blue Jays fans who will celebrate the memory ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Mike Soroka, Pumpsie Green”

But What Do I Know? . . . Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Jamie Romak, John Hiller, John Axford

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Think of what it would be like if you performed at a high level in your field for more than two decades and then finally 17 years after you’ve retired you receive the ultimate honour and are inducted into your field’s Hall of FameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Jamie Romak, John Hiller, John Axford”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Erik Bedard, Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For baseball writers on the fence about whether Larry Walker deserves their Hall of Fame vote, I offer this tweet from Ryan Spaeder (@TheAceofSpaeder on Twitter) that was sent out on Tuesday: “No player in baseball history has more career home runs (383) andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Erik Bedard, Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Vladimir Guerrero, Brett Lawrie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: An outstanding article written by stats guru Ryan Spaeder on why Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown was published on the Sporting News website on Wednesday. I’ve long been advocating for Raines’s induction, but this article includes accomplishments thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Vladimir Guerrero, Brett Lawrie”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Gwynn, George Kottaras, Kirk McCaskill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When I was leafing through some old baseball cards, I stumbled upon a 1991 Upper Deck Tony Gwynn card (above). This card pictures Gwynn signing autographs at the SkyDome in Toronto prior to the 1991 all-star game. I can’t think of a better wayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Gwynn, George Kottaras, Kirk McCaskill”

But What Do I Know? … National Baseball Hall of Fame edition

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Just so that I’m on the record prior to the announcement of the National Baseball Hall Fame inductees on January 5, my prediction is that Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar will be the only two candidates elected by the baseball writers in 2011.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … National Baseball Hall of Fame edition”