But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – When Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) homered in the third inning for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, it was his 1,900th MLB hit. With that, as the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame tweeted out, Votto became just the secondContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw”

Whatever happened to? . . . Brian Milner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Two numbers fuel the legend of Brian Milner in Toronto Blue Jays’ lore: 18 and .444. At 18 years old (and 218 days), he remains the youngest player ever to suit up for the club. He accomplished this feat when he was the Blue Jays’ starting catcher on JuneContinue reading “Whatever happened to? . . . Brian Milner”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you haven’t already done so, please take 24 minutes to watch this extensive interview that the National Baseball Hall of Fame conducted with Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker after his orientation visit on February 25. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson”

But What Do I Know? . . . First Montreal Expos home game, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Paul Hodgson

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty years ago today, the first regular season Major League Baseball game was played on Canadian soil when the Montreal Expos took on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 29,184 fans at Jarry Park. With his three-run home run in theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . First Montreal Expos home game, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Paul Hodgson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         One of my annual traditions when I visit Dunedin Stadium is to find the names of Canadians who once starred for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ on the club’s wall of excellence located in the concourse down the right field line. The name of eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 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 pretending to be Jesse Barfield, Lloyd Moseby or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsibleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy 58th Birthday to Paul Hodgson, who was the second Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Marysville, N.B., native was the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home run for the Blue Jays. After signing with the Blue Jays onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its Tip O’Neill Award winner on December 2. This honour is handed out annually by the St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine to a Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil”

Some Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

The Toronto Blue Jays are going all out to celebrate Canada’s birthday today. Players will don special red jerseys and caps, there will be a street festival outside the Rogers Centre and the club will honour armed forces members. As Bob Elliott points out in his annual Canada Day column, this year’s game is extraContinue reading “Some Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run

You won’t find an ex-big leaguer with more personality than Paul Hodgson. Self-deprecating, intelligent, witty and a man with more interests than most of us can dream up, the Marysville, N.B., native was the second Canadian to suit up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home runContinue reading “Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run”