He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Tony Phillips

Photo: Canadian Press By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada For the two weeks he spent with the Toronto Blue Jays in July 1998, Tony Phillips was the loudest player in the clubhouse. “TP”, as teammates called him, was profane, outspoken and without a filter. He played with a chip on his shoulder and every time... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Josh Naylor, Dustin Molleken, Pat Hentgen

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., was voted the American League's starting first baseman for the All-Star Game which will take place at Coors Field on July 13. With this, he becomes... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke

This is a wonderful photo of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees and Montreal Expos legendary executives Jim Fanning (far left) and John McHale (far right) with Hank Aaron on a special night at Jarry Park in 1974 to celebrate Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's major league home run record. Photo: Courtesy of Montreal Expos Museum... Continue Reading →

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, both... Continue Reading →

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 him... Continue Reading →

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 Naylor... Continue Reading →

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 in... Continue Reading →

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 and... Continue Reading →

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 secure... Continue Reading →

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 went... Continue Reading →

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