Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Canada Day to you! Let’s celebrate with a hodge podge of Canada Day baseball facts that I’ve gathered over the years. · On July 1, 1940, Hunstville, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk, hitting fifth in the New York Yankees lineup behind JoeContinue reading “Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott

  This excerpt from If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Blue Jays is printed with the permission of Triumph Books. For more information and to order a copy, please visit Indigo, McNally Robinson, Amazon.ca, or http://www.triumphbooks.com/WallsBlueJays. 1999 – The Shawn Green trade: A behind-the-scenes timeline By Bob Elliott A month after the 1999 season ended,Continue reading “Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Fergie Jenkins, John Upham

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With the end of 2019 drawing near, it’s important to remember those from the Canadian baseball community that we lost this year. Three Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees passed away in 2019. Longtime big league umpire and Montreal native Jim McKean died onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Fergie Jenkins, John Upham”

Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81

Ron Fairly, the only player to be named an all-star as a member of the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. A cause of death has not been released, but the Seattle Mariners, whom Fairly had most recently worked for as a broadcaster, shared the newsContinue reading “Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Dave Pagan, Eric MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton has now won nine straight starts for the New York Yankees. That’s the most consecutive starts that he has ever won in his career. Back in July and August 2017, he earned victoriesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Dave Pagan, Eric MacKenzie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Nick Pivetta, Scott Richmond, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last week, we shared a link to Shi Davidi’s Sportsnet article in which Montreal native and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said he might retire after this season when his lucrative contract that he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays prior to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Nick Pivetta, Scott Richmond, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I’ve been fortunate to interview a large number of players and ex-players during my writing career, but few have had a greater impact on me than Derek Aucoin. He’s a 6-foot-7 gentle giant whose heart is even bigger than his physical stature. Derek hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Russell Martin, Roberto Clemente, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As Nick Lee (@NickLee51 on Twitter) pointed out on Friday, Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) has been the San Diego Padres best pitcher since the all-star break. In 34 1/3 innings in six appearances since the Midsummer Classic, the Canadian right-hander has limited battersContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Russell Martin, Roberto Clemente, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Phillippe Aumont, Dave Stieb, Dave Winfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy 22nd Birthday to Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka who had another strong start this week for the Atlanta Braves. On Wednesday, he limited the Washington Nationals to one run on three hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.37 this season.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Phillippe Aumont, Dave Stieb, Dave Winfield”