But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) posted this powerful photo (below) on Twitter on Tuesday.  He also shared a more personal message two days later. He is an important voice to be listening toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         One of my annual traditions when I visit Dunedin Stadium is to find the names of Canadians who once starred for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ on the club’s wall of excellence located in the concourse down the right field line. The name of eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After consulting with my friends at Alberta Dugout Stories (@ABDugoutStories) and with Alberta baseball expert Ruben Lipszyc, I believe I can safely say that when Calgary native Mike Soroka started against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he became the first pitcher bornContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The most heartwarming moment of the 2018 MLB Draft for me came when the Seattle Mariners dedicated their final pick to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton (Port Moody, B.C.), who was a longtime scout with the club who passed in awayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines”

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? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Rusty Staub would’ve turned 74 today. He passed away on Thursday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported that Staub had been suffering from a numberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Take a bow, Don McDougall. It was 41 years ago today that the American League approved the sale of the Toronto expansion franchise to the Labatt Brewing Co. for an estimated $7 million. Part of McDougall’s mandate as president during the mid-’70s was to secureContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Cito Gaston, Arleene Noga, Pat Hentgen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Five years ago, Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie was on top of the Canadian baseball world. After recording a .373 on-base percentage and belting nine home runs in his first 43 major league games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, the sparkplug infielder wentContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Cito Gaston, Arleene Noga, Pat Hentgen”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Anyone out there still angry that the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t sign David Price to a long-term deal? The all-star lefty, who inked a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Boston Red Sox following a superb two-month stint with the Blue Jays in 2015, is experiencingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year contract extension on Saturday. The question many Blue Jays fans are asking is why? Though the payout is relatively modest by today’s standards ($4.125 million per season in 2017 and 2018 and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston”