My three most popular Canadian baseball social media posts of the week – July 3

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s a summary of three of my most popular posts on social media (Facebook and Twitter) from this past week. 1.Bill Atkinson (Chatham, Ont.) becomes the first Canadian to pitch for the Montreal Expos on Canada Day. Posted on Facebook on Canada Day On July 1, 1977, right-hander BillContinue reading “My three most popular Canadian baseball social media posts of the week – July 3”

Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Canada Day to you! Let’s celebrate with a hodge podge of Canada Day baseball facts that I’ve gathered over the years. · On July 1, 1940, Hunstville, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk, hitting fifth in the New York Yankees lineup behind JoeContinue reading “Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After consulting with my friends at Alberta Dugout Stories (@ABDugoutStories) and with Alberta baseball expert Ruben Lipszyc, I believe I can safely say that when Calgary native Mike Soroka started against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he became the first pitcher bornContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson”

But What Do I Know? … The All-Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Edition

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Around 1,500 people were on the Hall of Fame grounds on Saturday for the events surrounding the induction of Expos legend Rusty Staub, New Brunswick-born big leaguer Rheal Cormier, current Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin (Chatham, Ont.)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … The All-Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Edition”

Baseball Canada’s 2011 gold medal-winning Senior National Team inducted into Canadian ball hall

To say it’s been an exciting week for Baseball Canada’s 2011 Senior National Team (SNT) would be an understatement. Not only was their gold medal-winning Pan Am Games squad inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, but one of its members (Shawn Hill) was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays, while another (Kyle Lotzkar)Continue reading “Baseball Canada’s 2011 gold medal-winning Senior National Team inducted into Canadian ball hall”

Canadian ball hall to induct Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada as part of three-day celebration that starts tonight

Two former Montreal Expos, the 2011 Baseball America Executive of the Year and Canada’s gold medal-winning Senior National Team will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this Saturday. Rusty Staub, Doug Melvin, Rheal Cormier and the 2011 Pan Am games champion national team are set to be honoured in a ceremony thatContinue reading “Canadian ball hall to induct Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada as part of three-day celebration that starts tonight”

But What Do I Know? … Dustin McGowan, Scott Thorman, Ryan Dempster

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (My apologies for the wonky spacing. I can’t figure out how to adjust this): Nobody loves Dustin McGowan’s comeback story more than me, but the Blue Jays’ decision to sign him to an extension is baffling. Perhaps the memory of J.P. Ricciardi low-balling ChrisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Dustin McGowan, Scott Thorman, Ryan Dempster”

But What Do I Know? … Tony Fernandez, Sergio Santos, Kelly Gruber

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  During a media scrum with former Blue Jays closer Tom Henke prior to his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction last June, one reporter asked why he wasn’t more involved with the Jays as a spring trainingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Tony Fernandez, Sergio Santos, Kelly Gruber”

But What Do I Know? … The All-Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Edition

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  As manager of the 2011 Senior National Team (SNT) that captured gold at the Pan Am Games that will be enshrined in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June, Ernie Whitt is set to become theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … The All-Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Edition”

Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections

During his 19-year big league career, Barry Larkin feasted on Canadian hurlers Rheal Cormier and Ryan Dempster, but fared poorly against Paul Quantrill and Mike Johnson. And though the 12-time all-star and most recent National Baseball Hall of Fame electee enjoyed a four-hit game against the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992, he hit onlyContinue reading “Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections”