Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota

  This is the third in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota”

Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links

For the first time in his 24-year major league career, Omar Vizquel is suiting up for a Canadian team. The likely Hall of Famer, who will turn 45 on April 24, won the Toronto Blue Jays’ utility infielder’s job over Mike McCoy. But though the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner hasn’t called Canada his bigContinue reading “Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links”

Canadian Mike Gardiner reflects on playing for Sparky Anderson

Mike Gardiner will always be thankful for the 15 days in 1994 that Sparky Anderson made him a big league closer. With ninth-inning fixture Mike Henneman on the disabled list, the Tigers venerable manager called the Sarnia, Ont., native into his office to tell him he would be the interim closer. “Sparky told me notContinue reading “Canadian Mike Gardiner reflects on playing for Sparky Anderson”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to … Mike Gardiner

While other kids were shoveling snow off their backyard rinks, Mike Gardiner was clearing the sidewalk in front of his house, so he could play catch with his dad. “I always played catch on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day,” recalled Gardiner, a Sarnia, Ont., native who pitched six seasons in the big leagues. “MyContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to … Mike Gardiner”