He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Tony Phillips

Photo: Canadian Press By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada For the two weeks he spent with the Toronto Blue Jays in July 1998, Tony Phillips was the loudest player in the clubhouse. “TP”, as teammates called him, was profane, outspoken and without a filter. He played with a chip on his shoulder and every time... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For the first time, I’m starting to feel like there is hope that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker will one day be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker indicates that the Canadian slugger has gained... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Andrew Albers, Larry Walker, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I think I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton with all of my Cy Young talk about him last week. The Seattle Mariners lefty exited his start in the seventh inning on Thursday with a left pectoral muscle strain. He was placed on the... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Mel Stottlemyre, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Steve Christmas, Rickey Henderson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Please send good vibes and strength to Mel Stottlemyre, the father of former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Todd Stottlemyre. In a Facebook post on Friday, the ex-Blue Jays hurler shared that his 75-year-old father is fighting for his life. “Calling all prayer warriors during this... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before long you’re up in the stands with them.” Well, it’s a good thing that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager John... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, Erik Bedard

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • You can add Toronto Blue Jays World Series hero and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Carter’s name to the list of people upset that Carlos Delgado was not selected on at least five per cent of baseball writers’ ballots in this year’s National... Continue Reading →

Big leaguers born on Christmas and their Canadian connections

After he broke Lou Brock’s stolen base record on May 1, 1991, Rickey Henderson famously anointed himself “the greatest of all-time.” With such conceit, it seems fitting that Henderson would share a birthday with Jesus. Though most recall the cocky stolen base king as an all-star with the Oakland A’s, Blue Jays fans will remember... Continue Reading →

Raines hopes to follow same path to Cooperstown as Carter and Dawson

Being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame proved to be a good omen for Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. After being honoured at the St. Marys, Ont.-based ball shrine, both of the former Montreal Expos stars were later enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Their longtime teammate, Tim Raines,... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? … Darren Oliver, Gio Gonzalez, Reed Johnson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Look on the bright side Blue Jays fans: The Rangers may have outbid Toronto for Yu Darvish, but the Jays outbid Texas for 41-year-old left-handed reliever Darren Oliver (sarcasm intended).  The Washington Nationals’ decision to deal... Continue Reading →

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