Former Montreal Expos pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant passes away at 85

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who threw the first regular season pitch in Montreal Expos history, passed away on Friday at the age of 85. The Minnesota Twins announced his death on Saturday. No cause of death has been released. Grant died in Los Angeles, where he had been living inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant passes away at 85″

Former Expos reliever Mike Marshall passes away at 78

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos closer Mike Marshall passed away on June 1 at the age of 78 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The Los Angeles Dodgers reported his death on their Twitter account after being notified by Marshall’s daughter Rebekah. Marshall died in hospice care in Zephyrhills, Fla. Durable, outspokenContinue reading “Former Expos reliever Mike Marshall passes away at 78”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Bill Slack

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Thursday that closer Kirby Yates has undergone Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2021 season. The Blue Jays are now looking for someone to step in as closer. They have yet toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Bill Slack”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – “I’ve always dreamed of it happening,” Josh Naylor told Cleveland.com reporter Paul Hoynes about being on the same team as his younger brother, Bo. Hoynes recently wrote an excellent feature about the Naylor brothers, who hail from Mississauga,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Tim Wallach”

Andrew Albers returns to Twins

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada After three seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japan Pacific League, left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) has signed a minor league deal to return to the Minnesota Twins. The deal, which includes an invitation to big league spring training, was announced by True Gravity Baseball, the agencyContinue reading “Andrew Albers returns to Twins”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ

January 26, 2021 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings –LHP Matt Dermody has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, per Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. Financial terms have not been disclosed. –LHP J.A.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My regular roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2021 ballot on November 16. There are 25 notable ex-players on the ballot, including seven former Blue Jays. Four ex-Jays – Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Scott Rolen andContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27”

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections”

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”

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”