Five things you might not know about Juan Guzman

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who has been the Toronto Blue Jays’ best starting pitcher in the postseason? It’s not Dave Stieb or Jimmy Key, or even Jack Morris, who was signed specifically for his superlative postseason track record. And younger Blue Jays fans might say it’s Marco Estrada. But the correct answer wouldContinue reading “Five things you might not know about Juan Guzman”

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”

“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”

Former Expos reliever Mike Marshall passes away at 78

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos closer Mike Marshall passed away on June 1 at the age of 78 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The Los Angeles Dodgers reported his death on their Twitter account after being notified by Marshall’s daughter Rebekah. Marshall died in hospice care in Zephyrhills, Fla. Durable, outspokenContinue reading “Former Expos reliever Mike Marshall passes away at 78”

May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 15 years ago today that Russell Martin made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Montreal native had been called up from triple-A Las Vegas after Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro suffered a deep bone bruise on his right wrist from a foul ball offContinue reading “May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut”

Former Montreal Expos coach Norm Sherry dies at 89

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Norm Sherry, who served as a coach with the Montreal Expos from November 1977 through the 1981 season, passed away on Monday at the age of 89. His family confirmed his death on Wednesday. His son, Mike, told the Associated Press that Sherry died of natural causes at anContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Norm Sherry dies at 89”

He played for the Expos? . . . Maury Wills

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When you mention Maury Wills to most baseball fans, they reminisce about him as a fleet-footed infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that only makes sense. The speedy Washington, D.C., native spent almost 12 of his 14 major league seasons in Dodger Blue and was named to fiveContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Maury Wills”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passes away at 93

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda has passed away at the age of 93. The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement this morning indicating that Lasorda suffered a heart attack at his home late last night. The former Dodgers skipper hadContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passes away at 93”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 78th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins! Born in Chatham, Ont., he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15, 1962, but it wasn’t until he was acquired by the Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the Atlanta Braves completing a sweep of the Miami Marlins in their National League Division Series on Thursday, Alex Anthopoulos (Montreal, Que.) became the third Canadian general manager to build a team that has advanced to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford”