But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If the Toronto Blue Jays advance to the post-season, the first Christmas card they should send out this December should be to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Searage helped turn around the careers of three ex-Pirates who are now key members of the BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Seven years ago today, the Toronto Blue Jays dealt Scott Rolen to the Cincinnati Reds for pitching prospects Zach Stewart, Josh Roenicke and a struggling 26-year-old third baseman named Edwin Encarnacion. It was Stewart the Blue Jays coveted the most, but the Reds would onlyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Edwin Encarnacion, Joaquin Benoit, Adam Loewen”

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? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dustin McGowan, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: After 13 long seasons in the minors, right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) was called up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Unfortunately, he did not pitch in a game before the Tigers shipped him back to triple-A Toledo two days later. A 15th round pickContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dustin McGowan, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jimmy Williams, Gordie Howe, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Just a reminder that the annual Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction festivities begin this Thursday with a home run derby and celebrity slo-pitch game starting at 6 p.m. at Rotary Field on the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont. Admission to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jimmy Williams, Gordie Howe, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Left-handers David Price and J.A. Happ have both made 21 starts since last season’s trade deadline, so let’s compare their statistics: Price: 136-2/3 innings pitched, 16-2 won/loss record, 3.69 ERA, 2.2 WAR. His salary for 2016 is $30 million. Happ: 128 innings pitched, 13-4 won/lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Rob Ducey, Rich Butler

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame opens for its 19th season today. It’s well worth the drive to St. Marys, Ont., to visit the museum which is overflowing with one-of-a-kind artifacts. For more information, click on this link. There’s already a game-used bat from Victoria,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Rob Ducey, Rich Butler”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Last Sunday, former Montreal Expos superstar Vladimir Guerrero asked his Twitter followers what cap they would like to see him pictured in on his plaque if he’s elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (He becomes eligible in 2017). Of the 24,804 votesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines, Justin Morneau”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Monday, when reporters asked Jose Bautista what it will take for the Toronto Blue Jays to re-sign him after his contract expires at the end of the season, the slugger said that he had a dollar amount in mind (rumored to be atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • There was good news and bad news for Montreal Expos great Tim Raines when the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting results were announced on Wednesday. The bad news is that the speedy former outfielder did not receive the 75 per cent support fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen”