Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In an era dominated by self-absorbed, steroid-supported sluggers, Carlos Delgado might be best remembered for his smile. The charismatic ex-Toronto Blue Jay even managed to smile throughout his retirement press conference in April 2011, when he finally conceded that his 38-year-old body would no longer permit him to playContinue reading “Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Early Friday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said in an interview on the MLB Network that Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) would miss the rest of the season due to nagging issues with the torn Achilles tendon injury theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.”

These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last week, while listening to former big leaguer Bret Boone interview John Olerud for his podcast, I learned that Olerud was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1986 MLB draft out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. Olerud, of course, didn’tContinue reading “These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?”

Why Mark Bomback started on Opening Day for the Blue Jays 39 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When you examine a list of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Opening Day starting pitchers, all the names you’d expect to see are on it. There’s Roy Halladay (seven Opening Day starts), Dave Stieb (four), Jimmy Key (three), Pat Hentgen (two) and Jim Clancy (two). Other prominent names on theContinue reading “Why Mark Bomback started on Opening Day for the Blue Jays 39 years ago today”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, James Paxton, Rheal Cormier, Paul Beeston

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – As you have already heard, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passed away on Thursday night at the age of 93 after suffering a heart attack at his home. IContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, James Paxton, Rheal Cormier, Paul Beeston”

Former Mets pitcher and Montreal native Ray Daviault passes away at 86

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former New York Mets pitcher and Montreal native Ray Daviault passed away on Friday at the age of 86. QMI Agency sports journalist Benoit Rioux reported Daviault’s death on Twitter on Sunday. The cause of Daviault’s death has yet to be determined. Born in Montreal in 1934, Daviault signedContinue reading “Former Mets pitcher and Montreal native Ray Daviault passes away at 86”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”

Ron Taylor, Father Ronald Cullen to be inducted into Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former big league pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays doctor Ron Taylor and legendary Windsor, Ont., baseball coach Father Ronald Cullen have been elected to the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame. The announcement was made on Wednesday, and Taylor and Cullen will be officially inducted in a virtual awards galaContinue reading “Ron Taylor, Father Ronald Cullen to be inducted into Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – When Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) homered in the third inning for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, it was his 1,900th MLB hit. With that, as the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame tweeted out, Votto became just the secondContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw”

Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. The National Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his death in a press release last night. The Hall’s release indicates that Seaver died “peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementiaContinue reading “Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections”