Five things you might not know about Willie Upshaw

September 30, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was Pat Gillick’s favourite player. At least that’s how Willie Upshaw was described in some newspaper articles in the 1980s. And the description seems appropriate. After all, it was Gillick who drafted and signed Upshaw for the New York Yankees in 1975 and then again,... Continue Reading →

A look back at Blue Jays’ first three first-round picks

Jay Schroeder, the Toronto Blue Jays' 1979 first-round pick, stretches with coach Jimy Williams at Blue Jays spring training in Dunedin, Fla., in 1981. Photo: Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Public Library July 6, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Toronto Blue Jays have had their share of outstanding first-round picks, but they have also... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – MLB agent Scott Boras told reporters on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) is almost completely healthy after an injury-shortened 2020 season. "He's far into bullpen [sessions] and is throwing bullpens for select teams," Boras... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellen Harrigan, Freddie Freeman, James Paxton, Jackie Robinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Congratulations to Kim Ng, who was named the general manager of the Miami Marlins on Friday. With this assignment, she becomes the first female general manager in major league history. Ng has spent 21 years working in the... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield, Lloyd Moseby or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible... Continue Reading →

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Martinez, Moseby and Humber on Saturday

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – Former Montreal Expos superstar Pedro Martinez, long-time standout Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Lloyd Moseby and Canada’s foremost baseball historian William Humber will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony to take place on Saturday, June 16 at 1... Continue Reading →

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