But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you haven’t already done so, please take 24 minutes to watch this extensive interview that the National Baseball Hall of Fame conducted with Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker after his orientation visit on February 25. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 55th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ducey! Born in Toronto, Ducey was raised in Cambridge, Ont. The left-handed hitting outfielder was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to Great Lake Canadians and Junior National Team alum and Baltimore Orioles prospect Adam Hall (London, Ont.) whose father Tyler passed away on Monday at the age of 53 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma. AccordingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Hall, Mike Soroka, Claude Raymond, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, Ken Crosby

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Atlanta Braves pitcher and Calgary native Mike Soroka, who just six days after being named the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award winner, was selected to the All-MLB Second-Team on Tuesday. Joining him on that squad is teammateContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, Ken Crosby”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When is the last time you heard someone discuss the “Fenway Park effect” when evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. And while people continually bring up Coors Field when debating whether Canadian Larry Walker (MapleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne”

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

December 4, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Calgary native Mike Soroka has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and teamContinue reading “Mike Soroka wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts for the Atlanta Braves duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         We’ll find out tomorrow at 6 p.m. E.T. if right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will become the second Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Back in 2004, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Jason BayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It seems like a good omen that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be interviewing Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for their manager’s job this week (according to Jon Heyman of The MLB Network). After all, the last Canuck to be a full-time big league managerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker”