October 21, 1992: Key makes his last start for the Blue Jays

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October 21, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty years ago today, with two outs in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays clinging to a 2-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the 1992 World Series, manager Cito Gaston strolled to the mound and took the ball from Jimmy... Continue Reading →

Five things you might not know about Willie Upshaw

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September 30, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was Pat Gillick’s favourite player. At least that’s how Willie Upshaw was described in some newspaper articles in the 1980s. And the description seems appropriate. After all, it was Gillick who drafted and signed Upshaw for the New York Yankees in 1975 and then again,... Continue Reading →

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Canadian Rob Thomson named Phillies interim manager

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Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) has been named interim manager of the Phillies. Photo: Twitter June 3, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Philadelphia Phillies have fired manager Joe Girardi and have named Canadian Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) as their interim dugout boss for the remainder of the 2022 season. The underperforming Phillies, who... Continue Reading →

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Russell Martin to announce retirement

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May 28, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Montreal native Russell Martin is set to officially announce his retirement. The veteran catcher, who hasn’t played a big league game since 2019, told Guillaume Latendresse and Maxim Lapierre during an interview for their La Poche bleue podcast that he’ll make the formal announcement on social... Continue Reading →

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Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to . . . Gary Waslewski?

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May 3, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Many of the biggest highlights of Gary Waslewski’s baseball career happened when he was pitching in Canada. In 1965 and 1966, he was a key pitcher for the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs and helped them capture back-to-back championships. In the latter year, he won 18... Continue Reading →

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Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pete Ward passes away at 84

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Chicago White Sox third baseman and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pete Ward has passed away at the age of 84. White Sox reporter James Fegan, of The Athletic Chicago, shared the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Ward died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday... Continue Reading →

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Manitoba baseball legend Gerry MacKay passes away at 91

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Manitoba baseball legend Gerry MacKay has passed away at age 91. Photo: Redpath Funeral Home By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Gerry MacKay, the head coach of the first Canadian national team to compete in the Pan Am Games, passed away on January 22 in Brandon, Man., at the age of 91. A multi-sport legend... Continue Reading →

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Canadian Paxton to sign with Red Sox

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Left-hander James Paxton will sign with the Boston Red Sox, as first reported on Wednesday by Sportsnet’s Chad Dey. Chris Cotillo, Red Sox beat writer for MassLive.com, shares that the contract is a one-year deal that includes team options for 2023 and 2024. Details are here: Paxton (Ladner, B.C.)... Continue Reading →

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