Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jesse Jefferson, a workhorse starting pitcher on the early Toronto Blue Jays teams, would’ve turned 72 today. The underrated right-hander, who hailed from Midlothian, Va., passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was just 62. Selected by the Blue Jays from the Chicago WhiteContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Do you remember when the Cobra was a Blue Jay? No one would blame if you don’t. After all, Dave Parker was only a Blue Jay for three weeks 30 years ago. But in that short tenure at the end of the 1991 season, the then-40-year-old slugger supplied someContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker”

Former Expos reliever Grant Jackson passes away from COVID-19

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos reliever Grant Jackson passed away on Tuesday from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 78. The Pittsburgh Pirates, the team Jackson spent parts of six big league seasons with, made the announcement on Twitter just after noon E.T. on Tuesday. They shared that Jackson diedContinue reading “Former Expos reliever Grant Jackson passes away from COVID-19”

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? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 10 years ago today that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player. With that, he became the second Canadian to receive the honour, joining Colorado Rockies outfielderContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Jason Bay, James Paxton

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you’re looking for the Canadian who had the best full season in the professional ranks this year, look no further than London, Ont., native Jamie Romak. While his major league counterparts were playing an abbreviated 60-game schedule,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Jason Bay, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts for the Atlanta Braves duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Mike Soroka, Frank Colman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) started for the San Diego Padres against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre yesterday and earned his first major league win in front of a large group of family and friends. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed three runs andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Mike Soroka, Frank Colman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Like father, like son. At least, that would be the dream scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays as their top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is in Cooperstown for his father’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction this weekend. We all know how great theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey”

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”