But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Tom Brady, Rocky Bridges

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Please take a few minutes to watch Canadian baseball great Fergie Jenkins eulogize Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who passed away on January 23 at age 83. Banks’ funeral was held yesterday at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. Jenkins roomed with Banks for the lastContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Tom Brady, Rocky Bridges”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Jordan Lennerton, Randy Johnson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote an excellent piece on Thursday in which he states that Carlos Delgado is the best player not to receive enough votes to make it past his first year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Delgado, whose resume boastsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Jordan Lennerton, Randy Johnson”

But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • New Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been traded twice during his big league career and both times it was for a Canadian. The Blue Jays, of course, acquired him from the Oakland A’s on Friday for a package highlighted by BrettContinue reading “But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Sudbury, Ont., native Farhan Zaidi was named the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers last week to become the sixth Canadian to be named a big league GM. The others are George Selkirk (Huntsville, Ont., Washington Senators, 1964 to 1969), Murray Cook (Sackville,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • George Shuba, who played parts of three seasons with the Montreal Royals (1946, 1951, 1956), passed away on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio at the age of 89. The 5-foot-11 outfielder spent his entire professional career in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. And though he competedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey became the second Canadian to record an RBI in their first at bat with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 21-year-old outfielder’s ground out to first base plated Anthony Gose in the eighth inning in the Blue Jays’ 11-1 victoryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Jeter, Justin Morneau, Steve Delabar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – How different would Derek Jeter’s career have been if the Montreal Expos had selected him in the 1992 MLB amateur draft? The Expos had the opportunity to choose Jeter with the third pick overall that year but instead opted for left-handed pitching prospect B.J.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Jeter, Justin Morneau, Steve Delabar”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Daniel Norris, Dick Teed

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) doubled off of right-hander Buck Farmer in the third inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on August 13, he became the 13th Canadian to collect 1,000 hits in their big league career. He alsoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Daniel Norris, Dick Teed”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • In case you missed it, Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday. The Canadian catcher was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth”