But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Marco Estrada

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) had reached base at least twice in 20 consecutive games until his streak was snapped on Wednesday. He fell one game short of tying Ted Williams’ record for most consecutive games reaching base two or more times. Aside from Williams,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Marco Estrada”

But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My hope is that some in the baseball community today will pause to remember Marty Boryczewski. He was a catcher with the Pioneer League’s Lethbridge Mounties in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1994 before moving on to a career in investment banking with Cantor FitzgeraldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Alex Anthopoulos, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Dustin Molleken, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Victoria, B.C., native Michael Saunders is the only Canadian player headed to the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego on Tuesday. Garnering 17.7 million fan votes, Saunders defeated the four other “Final Vote” candidates – George Springer, Dustin Pedroia, Evan Longoria and Ian Kinsler –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Dustin Molleken, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just how good has Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) been in his first 10 big league seasons? His career WAR – an all-encompassing statistic that measures the numbers of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to their team aboveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay”

But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the start for the Toronto Blue Jays today on his 32nd birthday. His birthday present: he gets to pitch against 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. For the record, this will be Estrada’s first big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Matt Boyd, Larry Walker, Chris Sale

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Adding intrigue to 24-year-old lefty Matt Boyd’s start with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday is that he’s reportedly the type of prospect that the Philadelphia Phillies covet in a deal for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Boyd, who allowed four runs in 6-2/3 innings inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Matt Boyd, Larry Walker, Chris Sale”