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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Nick Pivetta, Willie Stargell, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When I first heard Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto’s comments about not caring “almost at all” about Canadian baseball, one of the organizations I felt most disheartened for was the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont. The Hall operates on aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Nick Pivetta, Willie Stargell, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For me, the best news out of Toronto Blue Jays spring training has been that Vancouver native Scott Richmond is working as an analyst on the club’s radio broadcasts. The former Blue Jays pitcher is one of the nicest guys in his sport andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Michael Saunders, Brett Lawrie, Jackie Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In his 36 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth was a constant source of positivity and kindness and his narrative skills were second to none. The Blue Jays radio broadcasting icon was rightfully honoured with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s JackContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Rob Thomson, Alison Gordon, Fergie Jenkins

. My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The primary knock against Larry Walker’s case for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame has been that he played his home games at Coors Field for 10 seasons. So I thought I would compare Walker’s career road on-base plus slugging percentageContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Rob Thomson, Alison Gordon, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Bodog, an online gambling site, is listing Corunna, Ont., native Rob Thomson as the favourite to be the new manager of the New York Yankees in wake of Joe Girardi’s surprising dismissal on Thursday. Thomson, who has been with the Bronx Bombers organization forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Matt Stairs, Justin Morneau, Jesse Barfield”