But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Andrew Albers, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The official obituary for Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Fanning appeared in Saturday’s London Free Press. The life of the legendary Montreal Expos executive and field manager, who passed away of heart failure on April 25 at the age of 87, will beContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Andrew Albers, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Michael Saunders, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When you see tributes to Jim Fanning on Twitter from everyone from former players like Tim Raines and Tim Burke to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to several members of the Toronto media, you realize just how universally loved and respected “Gentleman Jim” was. FanningContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Michael Saunders, Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Andre Dawson, Jim Henderson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Friday that the Pittsburgh Pirates intend to extend a $15.3-million qualifying offer to free agent Russell Martin. Coming off one of his finest big league seasons, the Canadian catcher reportedly declined a multi-year offer by Pirates duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Andre Dawson, Jim Henderson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported on Wednesday that Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster has opted to retire. After helping the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2013, the Canadian right-hander took the entire 2014 season off for personal and physicalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Dickson, Rheal Cormier, Ralph Dickenson

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Congratulations to former big league pitchers Jason Dickson (Chatham, N.B.) and Rheal Cormier (Cap-Pele, N.B.) on their election to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. The two Maritime moundsmen will be inducted in a ceremony in St. Stephen, N.B. onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Dickson, Rheal Cormier, Ralph Dickenson”

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

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys – For the third consecutive year, Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based ball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals. Votto,Continue reading “Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

Canadian Ball Hall’s Tip O’Neill award is wide open

Courtesy of http://baseballhalloffame.ca It’s been a banner year for Canadians on the diamond. Twenty-two Canucks played in the big leagues, while the men’s Senior National Team dominated in a qualifying tournament in September to secure a berth in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Not to be outdone, the Junior National Team captured silver at theContinue reading “Canadian Ball Hall’s Tip O’Neill award is wide open”

But What Do I Know? … Tim Raines, Russell Martin, Mike Saunders

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  If I’m Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, one of my first calls this off-season is to former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines to offer him a role as a baserunning consultant. The Jays’ baserunning thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Tim Raines, Russell Martin, Mike Saunders”