Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – May 22

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada This is a challenging, unprecedented and difficult time in our history. And I’ll admit that there have been times during this COVID-19 pandemic where I’ve struggled to feel hopeful rather than hopeless. But I’m trying to remain upbeat and am waiting patiently for that elusive light at the endContinue reading “Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – May 22”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to Great Lake Canadians and Junior National Team alum and Baltimore Orioles prospect Adam Hall (London, Ont.) whose father Tyler passed away on Monday at the age of 53 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma. AccordingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Take a bow, Don McDougall. It was 41 years ago today that the American League approved the sale of the Toronto expansion franchise to the Labatt Brewing Co. for an estimated $7 million. Part of McDougall’s mandate as president during the mid-’70s was to secureContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of my favourite spring training stories so far this year is that according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Toronto Blue Jays players have taken to calling minor league instructor Tim Raines “HOF” – as in “Hall of Fame.” The Montreal Expos legend was elected toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, who recorded his 500th career hit on Thursday. His milestone hit was a single off of Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor May with two out in the top of the eighth inning in a 3-1 win for the ChicagoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Ron Fairly, 1994 Montreal Expos

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Drew Hutchison’s 2015 season is shaping up to be eerily similar to Ricky Romero’s 2012 campaign. Both were Opening Day starters in those respective seasons and both benefitted from strong run support prior to the All-Star break. In 2012, Romero was 8-4 with aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Ron Fairly, 1994 Montreal Expos”

Book Review: Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos

The 1994 Montreal Expos seemed unbeatable. With an offence propelled by Larry Walker, Moises Alou and Marquis Grissom and a pitching staff anchored by Ken Hill, Pedro Martinez and John Wetteland, the Expos owned the best record in baseball and led the National League East by six games on August 12 when a players’ strikeContinue reading “Book Review: Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos”

But What Do I Know? … Adam Lind, Mark Teahen, Sparky Anderson

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Struggling ex-Toronto Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero – who was dropped from the club’s 40-man roster on Saturday – could draw inspiration from Adam Lind, who, just over 12 months ago, was similarly removed fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Adam Lind, Mark Teahen, Sparky Anderson”

But What Do I Know? … Epy Guerrero, Tony Fernandez, Joe Nathan

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – I was saddened to hear about the passing of former Toronto Blue Jays Latin American super scout Epy Guerrero on May 23. Among the 52 big leaguers (according to Bob Elliott) Guerrero signed are CanadianContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Epy Guerrero, Tony Fernandez, Joe Nathan”

But What Do I Know? … Thoughts on Hall of Fame voting, Bert Blyleven Canadian links

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I wasn’t surprised that Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. I was shocked, however, to see Alomar’s vote totals jump almost 17 per cent. It seems some baseball writers sentenced Alomar to a yearContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Thoughts on Hall of Fame voting, Bert Blyleven Canadian links”