But What Do I Know? . . . Mother’s Day, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Larry Walker

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! And especially to my mom, Glenyce Glew, who my dad and I have dragged to enough Toronto Blue Jays games over the years that she has become one of the team’s more spirited fans.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mother’s Day, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. The MLB Network’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. E.T. My guess is that Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina will be elected. All are doing well onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Nick Pivetta, Willie Stargell, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When I first heard Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto’s comments about not caring “almost at all” about Canadian baseball, one of the organizations I felt most disheartened for was the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont. The Hall operates on aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Nick Pivetta, Willie Stargell, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Friday would’ve been New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle’s 86th Birthday. In 1951, Mantle’s rookie season, the 19-year-old outfielder was slumping badly when the Yankees demoted him to the triple-A Kansas City Blues in mid-July. The Blues were managed by Huntsville, Ont., native andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Gene Tenace, Dave Bergman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Carlos Delgado, who was announced as one of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2015 inductees on Wednesday, has proven once again that he’s a classier guy than me. In 2003, Delgado belted 42 home runs and led the American League in RBI (145)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Gene Tenace, Dave Bergman”

Book Review – Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

Late in Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball (2013, Random House Canada), Jeff Blair writes that the Blue Jays “won the off-season.” After the club’s blockbuster with the Miami Marlins and their acquisition of R.A. Dickey, Blair – a Globe & Mail columnist who doubles as a radio show host on Sportsnet 590Continue reading “Book Review – Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball”

But What Do I Know? … Colby Rasmus, Rich Harden, Matt Stairs

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  If I’m Paul Beeston, who represents a powerful voice on the Major League Baseball competition committee, I’m pushing for divisional realignment. If the Jays were in the American League Central, they’d be two games out of firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Colby Rasmus, Rich Harden, Matt Stairs”

But What Do I Know? … Matt Stairs, Rich Harden, Joe Girardi

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Being Bud Selig’s second-hand man from 1997 to 2002, Paul Beeston should still have some clout in the commissioner’s office. If I’m Beeston, I’m doing everything I can to ensure that the Jays have a home gameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Matt Stairs, Rich Harden, Joe Girardi”

Henke, Jenkins and Fernandez at Stratford Boston Pizza today

Source: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (www.baseballhalloffame.ca) Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Tom Henke and Allan Simpson will be joined by Fergie Jenkins and Tony Fernandez at Boston Pizza in Stratford, Ont., at 4:00 p.m. today. This brief meet-and-greet will kick off a series of events leading up the Ball Hall’s induction ceremony slatedContinue reading “Henke, Jenkins and Fernandez at Stratford Boston Pizza today”

Beloved Blue Jays coach, Mel Queen, passes away

Former big league pitcher and longtime Blue Jays coach, Mel Queen, passed away this morning at the age of 69. The Blue Jays made the announcement on their website just after noon today. The cause of death was not released. “Our organization would not be what it is today without the contributions of Mel Queen,”Continue reading “Beloved Blue Jays coach, Mel Queen, passes away”