But What Do I Know? . . . Saunders, Guerrero, Halladay, Votto, Zimmerman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         How humbling can it be to be a professional baseball player? Last year at this time, Victoria, B.C., native Michael Saunders was enjoying his first of two consecutive, three-hit games for the Toronto Blue Jays and was headed to his first all-star game. ThisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Saunders, Guerrero, Halladay, Votto, Zimmerman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thursday wasn’t a good day for Philadelphia Phillies players born in Victoria, B.C. After allowing one earned run in 4-2/3 innings in his start that day, Nick Pivetta was sent down to the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs following the game. In four big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jimmy Key, Dalton Pompey, Pat Gillick

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With Bud Selig’s election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee last Sunday, some baseball writers are now vowing that they will vote for alleged steroid users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. The train of thought is thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jimmy Key, Dalton Pompey, Pat Gillick”

Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – For the sixth time in seven years, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adheringContinue reading “Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its Tip O’Neill Award winner on December 2. This honour is handed out annually by the St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine to a Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil”

Votto, Saunders head list of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Tip O’Neill candidates

Courtesy http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – One batted .408 after the All-Star break and led the National League in on-base percentage, while the other belted a career-high 24 home runs and played in his first All-Star Game. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) enjoyed excellent seasons in 2016. But so tooContinue reading “Votto, Saunders head list of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Tip O’Neill candidates”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to the family of Charlottetown, P.E.I., native and ex-big leaguer Vern Handrahan who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday at the age of 79. One of just three big league players from P.E.I. (George Wood (Pownal, P.E.I.) and HenryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The 1982 Topps Montreal Expos Future Stars card (pictured above) showcases Terry Francona and Brad Mills together on their first Topps baseball card. Both played for the Expos’ only playoff team in 1981 and 35 years later, Mills is serving as Francona’s bench coach forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In a Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup in which the two-through-seven hitters are pulling in a combined $86.1 million this season, it was their eighth and ninth batters, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera, who are making just over $1 million between them, who came through inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Montreal native Russell Martin helped make history on Tuesday when he belted two home runs against the New York Yankees in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez also clubbed two home runs, marking the firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero”