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”

Derek Aucoin receives Quebec Medallion of the National Assembly

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher Derek Aucoin was awarded the Quebec Medallion of the National Assembly on Tuesday. The Lachine, Que., native, who’s one of Canada’s greatest baseball ambassadors, was presented with the honour by Quebec’s minister of economy and innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, in a video conference ceremony. The awardContinue reading “Derek Aucoin receives Quebec Medallion of the National Assembly”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Longtime Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is excited that his former club will be playing in the postseason for the first time in 22 years. Earlier this morning, he sent out a congratulatory message to the Blue Jays on Twitter. “Congrats to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra”

But What Do I Know? . . . Adam Dunn, Randy Knorr, Jimmy Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Remember in June 2008 when Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was heavily criticized for saying “Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much?” about Adam Dunn? Well, Adam Dunn has decided to retire at age 34 because, well, heContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Adam Dunn, Randy Knorr, Jimmy Williams”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas

The consensus among Blue Jays fans is that Frank Thomas’s tenure in Toronto was a disaster. The Big Hurt was 38 years old when he inked a two-year, $18.12-million deal with the Blue Jays on November 18, 2006. It’s a contract that many Jays supporters rank as one of the worst in franchise history. ButContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas”

But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering

Some Canadian baseball stories from the past week (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond has jumped out to a commanding lead in the online voting for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The Minnesota Twins lefty, who won 12 games and posted a 3.54 ERA thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering”

But What Do I Know? … Chris Carpenter, Michael Young, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Am I the only one who’s debating who’s the best ex-St. Catharines Stomper (former Blue Jays’ New York-Penn League Low-A affiliate) player left in the playoffs? Michael Young (1997) and Chris Carpenter (1999) both suited up forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Chris Carpenter, Michael Young, Fergie Jenkins”

Some Canadian links to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

There were no Canadian players on the World Champion San Francisco Giants, but with a little digging, I uncovered that several members of the organization have links to The Great White North:  Jeff Mallett, a principal owner of the Giants, was born in Vancouver. The former Yahoo! president has been part of the GiantsContinue reading “Some Canadian links to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants”