But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 31 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) made his major league debut. Batting sixth and playing right field forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick”

10 years later – A look at 10 things I wanted to see happen in Canadian baseball in 2010

  You could say I’m batting .500. In my “rookie” year (2010) of this blog, I wrote down 10 things I would like to see happen in Canadian baseball in the ensuing decade. I remembered that I had written this post earlier today and decided to see how many of my wishes had come true. Continue reading “10 years later – A look at 10 things I wanted to see happen in Canadian baseball in 2010”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Roy Halladay, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton was named winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Tip O’Neill Award on Tuesday. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievementContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Roy Halladay, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Braden Halladay, Jackie Robinson, Nick Pivetta

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please send positive thoughts to Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and Montreal Expos great Rusty Staub who is reportedly in critical condition in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that the 73-year-old baseball legend hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Braden Halladay, Jackie Robinson, Nick Pivetta”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Larry Walker, Scott Mathieson, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of 2016 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton who passed away last night at the age of 75 after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born in Winnipeg, Man., NortonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Larry Walker, Scott Mathieson, Eric Gagne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, J.P. Arencibia, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Everyone from Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Frank Thomas to former Montreal Expos teammates Warren Cromartie, Vladimir Guerrero, Cliff Floyd and Tim Burke to current Blue Jays like Kevin Pillar offered their congratulations to Tim Raines via Twitter after he was elected to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, J.P. Arencibia, Rusty Staub”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jimmy Key, Dalton Pompey, Pat Gillick

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With Bud Selig’s election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee last Sunday, some baseball writers are now vowing that they will vote for alleged steroid users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. The train of thought is thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jimmy Key, Dalton Pompey, Pat Gillick”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 induction ceremony less than two weeks away, I thought I’d do some research to find out if new inductees Pat Hentgen and Dennis Martinez ever pitched against each other, and I discovered that they did. On AugustContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher”

Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home

It might be baseball’s greatest comeback story. At least that’s what I came away thinking after finishing “Safe At Home,” Gregory Jordan’s riveting biography of former Kansas City Royal and Toronto Blue Jay Willie Mays Aikens. This 264-page book offers a no-holds-barred account of Aikens’ spiral into drug addiction that reduced the one-time World SeriesContinue reading “Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home”