But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

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”

A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs

*Today is the 28th anniversary of Matt Stairs’ MLB debut. On that day in 1992, he pinch hit for Montreal Expos left-hander Jeff Fassero in the 10th inning in the Expos’ 3-2 loss to the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. He struck out in that at bat, but he would later hit a MLB record 23Continue reading “A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs”

Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Khalid Ballouli would’ve loved to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic to honour his grandfather, Dick Fowler. And if he’d been born five years later, it might have happened. “That would’ve been something that I would’ve jumped on completely,” said Ballouli, who was a right-hander in theContinue reading “Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Larry Walker, Jim Henderson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please keep sending your thoughts and prayers to Toronto Blue Jays legend and 2008 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez whose condition is improving but he remains in hospital due to complications from a kidney disease. Fernandez has been fighting Polycystic KidneyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Larry Walker, Jim Henderson, Vladimir Guerrero”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Speaking of Jason Bay, he’s the only Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. That could change this year, however, with the way Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka is pitching for the Atlanta Braves. Through 12 starts, Soroka is 8-1Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his debut with the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Paxton’s start represented the first time in nearly 43 years that a Canadian pitcher has startedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to showcase Expos artifacts in Montreal

  Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release March 22, 2019 The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will be showcasing historic Montreal Expos artifacts at Olympic Stadium during the Toronto Blue Jays’ exhibition games against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 25 and 26. “We’re very excited to be bringing these artifacts back to theContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to showcase Expos artifacts in Montreal”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last Sunday, on the same day I sent out my column wondering why there had been no update on Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the Canadian infielder had officially signed a minor league deal with the club. The contractContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. Former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.),  versatile ex-pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.), esteemed coach Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and long-time executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.) willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson”