But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada Banquet Edition

Here are a few tidbits I gleaned from attending the annual Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser yesterday at the Rogers Centre: – Blue Jays broadcasting icon Jerry Howarth, the long-time emcee of the banquet, was battling a case of laryngitis, so his radio booth partner Mike Wilner was called in to pinch-hit.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada Banquet Edition”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox

He could have managed the Toronto Blue Jays forever. That’s what Stephen Brunt wrote about Bobby Cox in his excellent 1996 book, “Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball.” “He could have been to Toronto what Walter Alston was to the Los Angeles Dodgers, skipper for life,” wrote Brunt. But that wasn’t to be.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox”

A baseball player named Orr and Canada’s Johnny Mac (or Johnny Mal)

  Canada will play their first game of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) against Italy in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday afternoon. The big story out of the Canadian camp this year has been Russell Martin’s withdrawal from the tournament. The way Martin conducted himself left a bad taste in my mouth, but I won’t rehashContinue reading “A baseball player named Orr and Canada’s Johnny Mac (or Johnny Mal)”

But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Pete Orr, Jesse Jefferson

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – I’ve met Canadian catcher Russell Martin three times and each time I found him to be warm, engaging and charismatic. So I was surprised and disappointed by his selfish – by his own admission –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Pete Orr, Jesse Jefferson”