But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first-ever spring training game. They beat the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,988 in Dunedin, Fla. Veteran right-hander Bill Singer, who also started the regular seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen”

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? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before long you’re up in the stands with them.” Well, it’s a good thing that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager JohnContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roberto Osuna, Josh Donaldson, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Who says you need to have a lively young arm to be a successful big league pitcher? With the shutout he tossed on Saturday against the Miami Marlins, 42-year-old, former Montreal Expo Bartolo Colon has now hurled 25 consecutive scoreless innings for the NewContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roberto Osuna, Josh Donaldson, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On a New York Mets broadcast in 1988, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “On this Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all you fathers out here a Happy Birthday.” So to paraphrase Kiner, Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins, J.P. Arencibia

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • There are those in the Canadian baseball community that believe Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) needed a dose of humility. Well, he got one on Tuesday when he struck out four times on 12 pitches in his second game with the Oakland A’s. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins, J.P. Arencibia”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Tom Brady, Rocky Bridges

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Please take a few minutes to watch Canadian baseball great Fergie Jenkins eulogize Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who passed away on January 23 at age 83. Banks’ funeral was held yesterday at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. Jenkins roomed with Banks for the lastContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Tom Brady, Rocky Bridges”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, Erik Bedard

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • You can add Toronto Blue Jays World Series hero and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Carter’s name to the list of people upset that Carlos Delgado was not selected on at least five per cent of baseball writers’ ballots in this year’s NationalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, Erik Bedard”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Teahen, Justin Morneau, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Monday that Mark Teahen (Canadian citizen) had retired. This came three months after I reported it here. Apparently, I need a better marketing plan for my blog. This belated retirement report prompted the ever-witty Teahen to tweet,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Teahen, Justin Morneau, Jamie Romak”

But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Dwight Smith Jr., Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Condolences go out to the family of St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras who was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic last night. Reports indicate that the 22-year-old outfielder, who spent his early teen years in Montreal, was driving between SosuaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Dwight Smith Jr., Joe Carter”