Ernie Whitt remembers Jays’ first manager Roy Hartsfield

They had their differences, but Ernie Whitt has come to appreciate how difficult Roy Hartsfield’s job was during the Toronto Blue Jays’ formative years. Hartsfield, who managed the Blue Jays for their first three seasons, passed away on Saturday at the age of 85. “Roy was put into a situation where you knew that youContinue reading “Ernie Whitt remembers Jays’ first manager Roy Hartsfield”

Canadian Mike Gardiner reflects on playing for Sparky Anderson

Mike Gardiner will always be thankful for the 15 days in 1994 that Sparky Anderson made him a big league closer. With ninth-inning fixture Mike Henneman on the disabled list, the Tigers venerable manager called the Sarnia, Ont., native into his office to tell him he would be the interim closer. “Sparky told me notContinue reading “Canadian Mike Gardiner reflects on playing for Sparky Anderson”