But What Do I Know? . . . Willie Stargell, Troy Tulowitzki, Bartolo Colon

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell would’ve turned 76 today. The Pittsburgh Pirates legend walloped 475 home runs in 21 major league seasons and was particularly potent with the bat against the Expos in Montreal. On July 16, 1969, he became the first playerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Willie Stargell, Troy Tulowitzki, Bartolo Colon”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, J.A. Happ, Clyde Mashore

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Today would’ve been Jackie Robinson’s 97th birthday and it’s a day that Canadians should celebrate. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Robinson starred at second base for the triple-A Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team, in 1946. It’s widelyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, J.A. Happ, Clyde Mashore”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just how good has Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) been in his first 10 big league seasons? His career WAR – an all-encompassing statistic that measures the numbers of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to their team aboveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Before he even threw a pitch in a spring training game for the Colorado Rockies, Canadian reliever John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) was added to the club’s 40-man roster on Monday. The move means that the 6-foot-5 right-hander, who had signed a minor leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey became the second Canadian to record an RBI in their first at bat with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 21-year-old outfielder’s ground out to first base plated Anthony Gose in the eighth inning in the Blue Jays’ 11-1 victoryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? … Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, David Purcey

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  It’s disappointing to me that the Toronto Blue Jays haven’t issued a statement about Carlos Delgado’s retirement. He was not only the greatest player in franchise history, but one of the club’s best community ambassadors. I hope the Jays are hard at workContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, David Purcey”

Carlos Delgado should retire as a Blue Jay

As I read about Geoff Jenkins signing a one-day, one-dollar contract to retire as a Milwaukee Brewer on July 9, it got me thinking about Carlos Delgado. The Jays’ all-time home run leader has not played a big league game since May 10, 2009, and after enduring his second hip surgery in less than aContinue reading “Carlos Delgado should retire as a Blue Jay”