But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Veteran right-handers Scott Mathieson and Scott Richmond, who were both born in Vancouver, had hoped to pitch for Canada at the Olympics this summer and then retire. With the Olympics postponed until 2021, however, bothContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Tony Fernandez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka made his regular start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday despite being hit in the right forearm by a pitch from Washington Nationals right-hander Austin Voth in the second inning of a game last Sunday. The Braves removed himContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Tony Fernandez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to all of Baseball Canada’s 2018 National Team Award winners. The following awards were handed out on Saturday night: Stubby Clapp Award – Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, B.C.) Special Recognition Award – Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) Junior National Team MVP – Bo NaylorContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Rob Thomson, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In wake of Roy Halladay’s tragic death this week, it was disheartening to see so many people on social media debating his Cooperstown candidacy. Should this really matter right now? This is not the time for us to offer our opinions, our judgments andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Rob Thomson, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Take a bow, Don McDougall. It was 41 years ago today that the American League approved the sale of the Toronto expansion franchise to the Labatt Brewing Co. for an estimated $7 million. Part of McDougall’s mandate as president during the mid-’70s was to secureContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Cito Gaston, Arleene Noga, Pat Hentgen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Five years ago, Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie was on top of the Canadian baseball world. After recording a .373 on-base percentage and belting nine home runs in his first 43 major league games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, the sparkplug infielder wentContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Cito Gaston, Arleene Noga, Pat Hentgen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 19 years ago today that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker became the first Canadian to win a big league MVP Award. The left-handed-hitting slugger captured the National League honour by batting .366 and belting 49 home runs during the 1997 season. HeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If the Toronto Blue Jays advance to the post-season, the first Christmas card they should send out this December should be to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Searage helped turn around the careers of three ex-Pirates who are now key members of the BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them down while pretending to be Jesse Barfield. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man who has literallyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition”