Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings (Some of these transactions date back to December.) –RHP Chase De Jong (Blue Jays’ 2012 second-round pick) signs a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. –INF/OF Brandon Drury signs a minor league deal with theContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss

This is the fifth in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card I pulledContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Andrew Albers, Jason Dickson, Nigel Wilson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to all of Baseball Canada’s 2019 National Team Award winners. The following awards were handed out on Saturday night: Stubby Clapp Award – Scott Richmond (Vancouver, B.C.) Special Recognition Award – Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) Junior National Team MVP – Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Andrew Albers, Jason Dickson, Nigel Wilson”

Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links

For the first time in his 24-year major league career, Omar Vizquel is suiting up for a Canadian team. The likely Hall of Famer, who will turn 45 on April 24, won the Toronto Blue Jays’ utility infielder’s job over Mike McCoy. But though the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner hasn’t called Canada his bigContinue reading “Toronto Blue Jay Omar Vizquel has several Canadian links”

Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections

During his 19-year big league career, Barry Larkin feasted on Canadian hurlers Rheal Cormier and Ryan Dempster, but fared poorly against Paul Quantrill and Mike Johnson. And though the 12-time all-star and most recent National Baseball Hall of Fame electee enjoyed a four-hit game against the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992, he hit onlyContinue reading “Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections”