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”

Tuesday Trivia: Who hit the first regular season home run for the Montreal Expos?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Back in 2009, just prior to the 40th anniversary of the first regular season game in Montreal Expos’ history, I found myself thinking about that 1969 Expos squad. I wasn’t alive when they played, but I had heard stories about original Expos like Rusty Staub, Mack Jones, Coco LaboyContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia: Who hit the first regular season home run for the Montreal Expos?”

Former Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passes away at 58

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passed away on Wednesday in a Miami hospital at the age of 58. Canadian Baseball Network writer Danny Gallagher, the author of several books about the Montreal Expos, was the first to report Sebra’s passing. So sad to report that 1986-87 #exposContinue reading “Former Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passes away at 58”

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Over the past two decades, Canadian baseball fans – like myself – have been spoiled. We’ve been able to watch elite offensive talents like Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.), Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.), Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.), Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) and Joey VottoContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one would blame you if you don’t remember any “Sweet Music” at the SkyDome in 1996. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays finished a dismal 74-88 that season and left-hander Frank Viola (nicknamed “Sweet Music”) struggled in all but one of his six starts with the club. Yes,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola”