Halladay, Guerrero headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017

Courtesy: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – Two dominant ex-major leaguers, two trailblazing, grassroots leaders and a gold medal-winning national team will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. Ex-Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and former Montreal Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero will be honoured in a ceremony on June 24 inContinue reading “Halladay, Guerrero headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jim Clancy, Pete Orr, Roy Howell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: So far so good for Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines in the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that have been made public, we know that Raines has been named on 50 of 56Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jim Clancy, Pete Orr, Roy Howell”

Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – For the fifth time in six years, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement andContinue reading “Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

Votto, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys – One reached base more times than any other player in the big leagues, while the other threw out more baserunners than any other American League catcher. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) had outstanding seasons in 2015. But John Axford (PortContinue reading “Votto, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tom Murphy, Pete Orr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • It’s been an eventful week for Montreal native Russell Martin. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates extended a one-year, $15.3-million qualifying offer to him and two days later, he was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at the catching position. Martin, who’s comingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tom Murphy, Pete Orr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Daniel Norris, Dick Teed

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) doubled off of right-hander Buck Farmer in the third inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on August 13, he became the 13th Canadian to collect 1,000 hits in their big league career. He alsoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Daniel Norris, Dick Teed”

But What Do I Know? … Don Zimmer, Tyson Gillies, Randy Ruiz

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Baseball lifer Don Zimmer passed away last Wednesday at the age of 83 in Dunedin, Fla. “Popeye” spent 66 seasons in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and adviser. Best known for his managerial stints with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Don Zimmer, Tyson Gillies, Randy Ruiz”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – There’s no doubt that the Toronto Blue Jays miss closer Casey Janssen, who’s set to begin a rehab stint in Double-A New Hampshire and will reportedly return within two weeks. But during the club’s recent bullpen woes, it would also be safe to say that BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Allan Roth, Pete Orr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Baseball lifer Vern Benson passed away on Monday at the age of 89. The North Carolina native’s 15-year playing career included stops with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946 and the Class-C Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1956 and 1957. He alsoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken”

But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada, Rich Harden, Tom Henke

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – I continue to ask everyone to please keep former Montreal Expo catcher Joe Siddall and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Joe’s 14-year-old son, Kevin, was diagnosed with blood cancer in August and is fighting for his life. – IContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada, Rich Harden, Tom Henke”