Nine things you might not know about . . . Jimmy Key

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who is the most underrated player in Toronto Blue Jays’ history? If you asked a seasoned Canadian baseball fan this question, Jimmy Key would be one of the most common answers. Just how underappreciated is the longtime Blue Jays lefty? Put it this way: For the 10 seasons spanningContinue reading “Nine things you might not know about . . . Jimmy Key”

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?”

Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 40 years ago yesterday that first baseman John Mayberry was named the captain of the Toronto Blue Jays. “I felt like the club needed a leader and that’s why I appointed Big John,” Blue Jays manager Bobby Mattick told reporters at the time. “He was the onlyContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named winner of the Fielding Bible Award for major league left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native was among the winners announcedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) recorded his first MLB save on Friday in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. With that, Romano became the third Canadian to earn a save for theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 31 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) made his major league debut. Batting sixth and playing right field forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was approaching the middle of May in the 1997 season and the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was sputtering. Joe Carter, in his final season with the club, had belted just two home runs in April. The club had resorted to using aging utility man Juan Samuel as aContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Steve Sinclair, Larry Walker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Calgary native Mike Soroka may not have a win in his first two starts with the Atlanta Braves this season, but the young right-hander, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, is off to an excellent start. He ownsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Steve Sinclair, Larry Walker”