But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Dalton Pompey, Nick Pivetta, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) belted his 300th major league home run on Friday. It was a two-run shot in the third inning off Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Jake Arrieta in the Reds’ 8-6 win at theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Dalton Pompey, Nick Pivetta, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines”

These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last week, while listening to former big leaguer Bret Boone interview John Olerud for his podcast, I learned that Olerud was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1986 MLB draft out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. Olerud, of course, didn’tContinue reading “These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rheal Cormier passes away at 53

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Longtime big league pitcher and Cap-Pele, N.B., native Rheal Cormier, who was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012, has passed away at the age of 53 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rheal Cormier,” said ScottContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rheal Cormier passes away at 53”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings (Some of these transactions date back to December.) –RHP Chase De Jong (Blue Jays’ 2012 second-round pick) signs a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. –INF/OF Brandon Drury signs a minor league deal with theContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay”

Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos hitting coach Billy DeMars passed away on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95. DeMars was the popular hitting coach of the Expos from 1982 to 1984. He also served as the club’s third base coach in 1982 and 1983. Born in Brooklyn inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – This is an exciting week to be a Canadian baseball fan. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will announce its Jack Graney Award winner on Tuesday and its Tip O’Neill Award recipient on Thursday. The GraneyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) recorded his first MLB save on Friday in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. With that, Romano became the third Canadian to earn a save for theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

Book Review – Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay, by Todd Zolecki

Book Review Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay By Todd Zolecki Triumph Books LLC, 2020   Reviewed by Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On May 29, many Canadian baseball fans were glued to the ESPN documentary about Roy Halladay called “Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story” that was broadcast on TSN. The 60-minute production shone anContinue reading “Book Review – Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay, by Todd Zolecki”