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”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passes away at 93

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda has passed away at the age of 93. The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement this morning indicating that Lasorda suffered a heart attack at his home late last night. The former Dodgers skipper hadContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passes away at 93”

In Memoriam: Remembering ex-Blue Jays players and coaches that passed away in 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s been a tough year, a really tough year. Over 340,000 Americans and more than 15,000 Canadians have died from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it hasn’t spared former big leaguers. Sadly, Tom Seaver, Jay Johnstone, Rick Baldwin and Lindy McDaniel were among those who lost their battle with theContinue reading “In Memoriam: Remembering ex-Blue Jays players and coaches that passed away in 2020”

Former Montreal Expos pitcher Derek Aucoin passes away at 50

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher and Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Derek Aucoin passed away on Saturday night at the age of 50 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. The news of Aucoin’s passing was shared by multiple Quebec news outlets on Sunday morning. Aucoin, who became theContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos pitcher Derek Aucoin passes away at 50”

Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos hitting coach Billy DeMars passed away on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95. DeMars was the popular hitting coach of the Expos from 1982 to 1984. He also served as the club’s third base coach in 1982 and 1983. Born in Brooklyn inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95”

Bruce Prentice, founder of the Canadian Baseball of Fame, passes away at 87

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bruce Prentice, who founded the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in Toronto in November 1982, has passed away at the age of 87 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his passing on Twitter early Friday afternoon. “It is withContinue reading “Bruce Prentice, founder of the Canadian Baseball of Fame, passes away at 87”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

Former Expos pitcher Hal Dues passes away at 66

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos right-hander Hal Dues passed away on October 20 at the age of 66. Longtime Expos photographer Russ Hansen was the first in Canada to report the news when he shared it on his Facebook page. Dues died in his hometown of Dickinson, Texas. No cause ofContinue reading “Former Expos pitcher Hal Dues passes away at 66”

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 Expos infielder Johnny Paredes dies at 58

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos second baseman Johnny Paredes passed away on Thursday in Maracaibo, Venezuela after a battle with cancer at the age of 58. Danny Gallagher was the first Canadian reporter to share the news. His death has also been reported in El Nacional. Born on September 2, 1962Continue reading “Former Expos infielder Johnny Paredes dies at 58”