But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Rowan Wick, Nick Pivetta, John Axford, Aaron Sanchez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame presented Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton with the 2018 Tip O’Neill Award prior to the Toronto Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre on Friday. The award was given to Paxton for hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Rowan Wick, Nick Pivetta, John Axford, Aaron Sanchez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Mike Soroka, Pumpsie Green

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Mariano Rivera, the late Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and Harold Baines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon in Cooperstown. It’s a bittersweet day for Toronto Blue Jays fans who will celebrate the memory ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Mike Soroka, Pumpsie Green”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines, Nick Pivetta

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With the scoreless inning he pitched for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, Calgary native Mike Soroka became the sixth Canadian hurler to appear in MLB’s Midsummer Classic. According to TSN Stats Centre on Twitter, he joins a list thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines, Nick Pivetta”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Dick Fowler

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Mississauga, Ont., native Josh Naylor has belted two home runs so far in his major league career and his enthusiastic celebrations in the San Diego Padres dugout after his homers have quickly made him a fan favourite in Southern California. The tweet below canContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Dick Fowler”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Peter Widdrington

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, Burnaby, B.C., native Jim Adduci was called up by the Chicago Cubs on Monday. With the promotion, he became the 11th Canadian to play in the major leagues this season and the second to suit up for the Cubs.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Peter Widdrington”

But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Easter! It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when heContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Don Wade of the Daily Memphian reported on Monday that the Texas Rangers have had “preliminary discussions” with Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp about their vacant managerial position. Wade also indicates that if Clapp doesn’t get a big league manager’s job with another club,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Stubby Clapp, Dave Stieb, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) whose wife Lydia passed away unexpectedly on Monday. I’m sending good thoughts and strength to Fergie and his family at this difficult time. ·         Congratulations to North Vancouver,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Stubby Clapp, Dave Stieb, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Victoria, B.C., native Nick Pivetta made his first start at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. The 25-year-old right-hander started for the Philadelphia Phillies and allowed five runs and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings in his club’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With a no-hitter, a 16-strikeout performance and the first two complete games of his major league career on his resume in the past 30 days, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) should be a lock for American League Pitcher of the Month honours. In five startsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins”