But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Joey Votto, Vancouver Asahi, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers! I’m very thankful for your support over the years. I hope you get to relax and enjoy time with your family today. ·         Windsor, Ont., native and two-time Pacific Coast League manager of the year Stubby ClappContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Joey Votto, Vancouver Asahi, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Friday would’ve been New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle’s 86th Birthday. In 1951, Mantle’s rookie season, the 19-year-old outfielder was slumping badly when the Yankees demoted him to the triple-A Kansas City Blues in mid-July. The Blues were managed by Huntsville, Ont., native andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers”

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? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Goody Rosen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On Tuesday, it was announced that Darryl Sittler will be among the newest inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame. He’s certainly a worthy honouree, but how can Canada truly have a Walk of Fame without Larry Walker on it? The Maple Ridge, B.C., native isContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Goody Rosen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jesse Barfield, Damaso Garcia, Pat Hentgen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield announced on Twitter on Monday that he’s 100 per cent cancer-free. The popular ex-Jay has not disclosed the type of cancer he was battling. Throughout his private battle, the 56-year-old Barfield remained active in baseball, participating inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jesse Barfield, Damaso Garcia, Pat Hentgen”

Remembering the Canadian who replaced Babe Ruth

*Writer’s Note: This is an updated version of an article that I’ve published previously on this blog. He’s Canada’s Mr. October. But even though George Selkirk earned five World Series rings during his nine-year career with the New York Yankees, the vast majority of baseball fans in Canada and the U.S. don’t know who heContinue reading “Remembering the Canadian who replaced Babe Ruth”

Some Canadian All-Star Game Trivia

A Canadian has been selected to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the 16th consecutive season. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who grew up in Etobicoke, Ont., will bat cleanup for the National League in tonight’s Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Vancouver native Dave McKay, who was theContinue reading “Some Canadian All-Star Game Trivia”

Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown

With Pat Gillick being elected by the Veterans Committee, Roberto Alomar likely to be voted in by the writers and longtime Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne to receive the Ford C. Frick Award, the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have a distinctly Canadian flavor. In his first year on the ballot,Continue reading “Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown”