Original Blue Jay Chuck Hartenstein passes away at 79

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Chuck Hartenstein, a relief pitcher on the 1977 Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79. The University of Texas Athletics department reported his death on their website on Tuesday. After major league tenures with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and BostonContinue reading “Original Blue Jay Chuck Hartenstein passes away at 79”

A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He played in the long shadow of Johnny Bench and then Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk. And somewhere along the way, baseball fans and writers forgot just how good Ted Simmons was. But the eight-time All-Star catcher is finally getting his due. On Wednesday, he’ll be inducted into theContinue reading “A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections”

August 24, 1993 – Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian since 1900 to record six hits in a MLB game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It would’ve been understandable if Kevin Reimer was too exhausted to savour the fact that he had just made Canadian baseball history. After all, on August 24, 1993, when the left-handed hitting slugger became the first Canadian to record six hits in a major league game since 1900, heContinue reading “August 24, 1993 – Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian since 1900 to record six hits in a MLB game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –With Cleveland’s top two starters Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale on the 60-day disabled list, Canadian right-hander Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) is emerging as the new ace of their staff. He put together the most dominant performance ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin”

Axford dealt to Brewers by Blue Jays

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Toronto Blue Jays dealt right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in exchange for cash considerations. With the transaction, the Canuck will rejoin the team he began his big league career with in 2009. The Brewers noted in their press release that AxfordContinue reading “Axford dealt to Brewers by Blue Jays”

May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 15 years ago today that Russell Martin made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Montreal native had been called up from triple-A Las Vegas after Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro suffered a deep bone bruise on his right wrist from a foul ball offContinue reading “May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Do you remember when the Cobra was a Blue Jay? No one would blame if you don’t. After all, Dave Parker was only a Blue Jay for three weeks 30 years ago. But in that short tenure at the end of the 1991 season, the then-40-year-old slugger supplied someContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please take a moment to remember the courageous and inspiring Jackie Robinson today, on what would’ve been his 102nd birthday. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, he starred at second base for the MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the Atlanta Braves completing a sweep of the Miami Marlins in their National League Division Series on Thursday, Alex Anthopoulos (Montreal, Que.) became the third Canadian general manager to build a team that has advanced to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Billy Harris, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told reporters on Friday that there’s a chance that right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) could pitch in the club’s Wild-Card series which will begin on Tuesday. Romano has been sidelined withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Billy Harris, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”