But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Mike Soroka, Cal Quantrill, Matt Stairs

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         According to Sportsnet Stats, Calgary native Mike Soroka is the first pitcher in major league history to allow one earned run or less in nine of their first 11 major league starts. The Atlanta Braves right-hander tossed seven shutout innings against the St. LouisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Mike Soroka, Cal Quantrill, Matt Stairs”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday at 9 a.m. E.T. I will publish the Hall’s press release on this site. The new inductees will be honoured in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for leading the triple-A Memphis Redbirds to a Pacific Coast League championship for a second consecutive  season. The Redbirds defeated the Fresno Grizzlies on September 16 to capture the title. Clapp then led the Redbirds to 14-4Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I have to think that Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton will be named to his first All-Star team when the American League roster is unveiled on Sunday (UPDATE: He was not named to the roster). The Canadian lefty boasts an 8-3 record and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Ryan Dempster, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For baseball writers on the fence about whether Larry Walker deserves their Hall of Fame vote (Part 2, continuing from last week), I offer this tweet from Baseball Reference on December 1: “Only 10 RFs had more WAR for their careers than Larry WalkerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Ryan Dempster, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On a New York Mets broadcast in 1988, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “On this Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all you fathers out here a Happy Birthday.” So to paraphrase Kiner, Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez”

But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • New Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been traded twice during his big league career and both times it was for a Canadian. The Blue Jays, of course, acquired him from the Oakland A’s on Friday for a package highlighted by BrettContinue reading “But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • In case you missed it, Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday. The Canadian catcher was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition

For this week’s column, I thought I would provide updates on several of the Canadian players and coaches that were in big league camps this spring: – After posting a 6.88 ERA in five appearances – including three starts – with the Tampa Bay Rays this spring, Navan, Ont., native Erik Bedard was released onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canadians in big league camps update edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fregosi, Rich Harden, Erik Bedard

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – If you haven’t read Hall of Fame columnist Bob Elliott’s article on former Toronto Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi, who passed away on Friday after a series of strokes earlier in the week, you should. “He [Fregosi] was 101 things –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fregosi, Rich Harden, Erik Bedard”