Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Khalid Ballouli would’ve loved to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic to honour his grandfather, Dick Fowler. And if he’d been born five years later, it might have happened. “That would’ve been something that I would’ve jumped on completely,” said Ballouli, who was a right-hander in theContinue reading “Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball”

But What Do I Know? . . . Saunders, Guerrero, Halladay, Votto, Zimmerman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         How humbling can it be to be a professional baseball player? Last year at this time, Victoria, B.C., native Michael Saunders was enjoying his first of two consecutive, three-hit games for the Toronto Blue Jays and was headed to his first all-star game. ThisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Saunders, Guerrero, Halladay, Votto, Zimmerman”

Former Toronto Maple Leafs pitcher Don Johnson dies at 88

Don Johnson, who pitched parts of five minor league seasons with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1950s, died of kidney failure in Portland, Ore., on February 10 at the age of 88. Though his wild and hard-drinking ways sometimes overshadowed his on-the-field performance, Johnson managed to pitch in parts of seven bigContinue reading “Former Toronto Maple Leafs pitcher Don Johnson dies at 88”

But What Do I Know? … George Kottaras, Erik Bedard, Willie Canate

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – It’s hard to believe that Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane allowed Scarborough, Ont.-born catcher George Kottaras to be claimed on waivers by the Kansas City Royals. Though not a high average hitter, Kottaras managedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … George Kottaras, Erik Bedard, Willie Canate”