Find the Canadian Connection – 1986 Fleer Update Mike Heath

This is the seventh of my “Find the Canadian Connection” features.  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. You can read allContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1986 Fleer Update Mike Heath”

He played for the Expos? . . . Ron Darling

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada With the New York Mets, Ron Darling was an all-star, a Gold Glove Award winner, a 1986 World Series champion and he’s scheduled to be inducted into their Hall of Fame this year. Later in his playing career, he became a key member of the Oakland A’s starting rotationContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Ron Darling”

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? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         We’ll find out tomorrow at 6 p.m. E.T. if right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will become the second Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Back in 2004, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Jason BayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I have to think that Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton will be named to his first All-Star team when the American League roster is unveiled on Sunday (UPDATE: He was not named to the roster). The Canadian lefty boasts an 8-3 record and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden”

Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away

Belmont, Ont., resident and former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passed away on Thursday at the age of 73. Born in Bradford, Ont., on April 11, 1945, Kilkenny was an unlikely major leaguer. His high school didn’t have a baseball team and he grew up at a time when Canadians were not eligible for theContinue reading “Belmont, Ont., resident and ex-Tigers pitcher Mike Kilkenny passes away”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, John Axford, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finished his 19-year big league career with 284 wins pitching for non-playoff teams (Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox). I’ve often wondered how many more wins he could’ve accumulated if he had pitched for betterContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, John Axford, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In a Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup in which the two-through-seven hitters are pulling in a combined $86.1 million this season, it was their eighth and ninth batters, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera, who are making just over $1 million between them, who came through inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Joey Votto, Bill Stoneman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Doyle Alexander, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Perhaps this is a good omen for the Toronto Blue Jays, who will be attempting to salvage one win out of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon. Twenty-four years ago today, the Blue Jays registered 10 consecutive hits in the second inningContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Doyle Alexander, Fergie Jenkins”