Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away

Belmont, Ont., resident and former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passed away on Thursday at the age of 73. Born in Bradford, Ont., on April 11, 1945, Kilkenny was an unlikely major leaguer. His high school didn’t have a baseball team and he grew up at a time when Canadians were not eligible for theContinue reading “Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, James Paxton, Scott Diamond, Jose Bautista

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) allowed three runs in 1-1/3 innings in his return to the Seattle Mariners’ rotation on Friday after being out since August 11 with a left pectoral muscle strain. It was a disappointing performance, but with his return and NorthContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, James Paxton, Scott Diamond, Jose Bautista”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins forged a fast friendship when they pitched together on two mediocre Texas Rangers teams in 1975 and 1980. And when you stop to think about it, it’s easy to understand why these two pitching legends hit it off. Both were workhorse right-handers whose goal in every start was to tossContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Gaylord Perry”

Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history

Canadian baseball history was made in the Minnesota Twins’ 11-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians last Friday. In that contest, Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond pitched a complete-game shutout and Justin Morneau, the pride of New Westminster, B.C., homered. This marked the first time in major league history that Canadian teammates have thrown a shutoutContinue reading “Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history”