But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Former Toronto Blue Jay Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) has told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi that he will play for the Canadian national team at the WSBC Premier12 Tournament beginning on November 2 and then retire to become a manager for the Atlanta Braves’ Rookie ballContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         One of my annual traditions when I visit Dunedin Stadium is to find the names of Canadians who once starred for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ on the club’s wall of excellence located in the concourse down the right field line. The name of eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Michael Saunders, Scott Thorman, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please take a moment today to remember Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and legendary Canadian baseball scout and executive Wayne Norton who passed away one year ago today at the age of 75 after a valiant battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Michael Saunders, Scott Thorman, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Richmond, Fergie Jenkins, Sandy Koufax

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to my many friends and colleagues that were recognized on Bob Elliott’s exhaustively researched “Top 100 Most Influential Canadians” in baseball list. In particular, I wanted to acknowledge the work of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Scott CrawfordContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Richmond, Fergie Jenkins, Sandy Koufax”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After consulting with my friends at Alberta Dugout Stories (@ABDugoutStories) and with Alberta baseball expert Ruben Lipszyc, I believe I can safely say that when Calgary native Mike Soroka started against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he became the first pitcher bornContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Nick Pivetta, Willie Stargell, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When I first heard Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto’s comments about not caring “almost at all” about Canadian baseball, one of the organizations I felt most disheartened for was the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont. The Hall operates on aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Nick Pivetta, Willie Stargell, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Forty-nine years ago today, the Montreal Expos defeated Tom Seaver and the eventual World Series champion New York Mets at Shea Stadium 11-10 in their first regular season game. Left-handed reliever Don Shaw was the winning pitcher for the Expos, while fellow southpaw DanContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Rusty Staub would’ve turned 74 today. He passed away on Thursday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported that Staub had been suffering from a numberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For me, the best news out of Toronto Blue Jays spring training has been that Vancouver native Scott Richmond is working as an analyst on the club’s radio broadcasts. The former Blue Jays pitcher is one of the nicest guys in his sport andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Paul Calvert, Leo Durocher, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         A big thank you to Andrew and Elena North for the time and effort they put into organizing the second annual Canadian Baseball History Symposium in St. Marys, Ont., this weekend. Yesterday was chock full of fascinating presentations about everything from Canadian baseball duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Paul Calvert, Leo Durocher, Larry Walker”