But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 55th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ducey! Born in Toronto, Ducey was raised in Cambridge, Ont. The left-handed hitting outfielder was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In case you missed it, the Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that they will retire Canadian slugger Larry Walker’s No. 33 in a ceremony on April 19 when the Rockies host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native suited up for parts ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts for the Atlanta Braves duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I’ve been fortunate to interview a large number of players and ex-players during my writing career, but few have had a greater impact on me than Derek Aucoin. He’s a 6-foot-7 gentle giant whose heart is even bigger than his physical stature. Derek hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Scott Diamond

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who clubbed his 248th career home run last night to move past Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) into third place for most home runs by a Canadian. It was a solo shot in the first inning off MiamiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Scott Diamond”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Rob Ducey, Rich Butler

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame opens for its 19th season today. It’s well worth the drive to St. Marys, Ont., to visit the museum which is overflowing with one-of-a-kind artifacts. For more information, click on this link. There’s already a game-used bat from Victoria,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Rob Ducey, Rich Butler”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Chris Leroux, Bruce Chen

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • And then there was one. On May 1, the Toronto Blue Jays had five Canadians on their active roster. But after Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) was designated for assignment on Monday, Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) is the only Canuck remaining. MichaelContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Chris Leroux, Bruce Chen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Rob Ducey, Jim Adduci

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As Bob Elliott notes in a great piece for the Canadian Baseball Network, the Toronto Blue Jays could have three Canadians – Russell Martin (catcher, Montreal, Que.), Brett Lawrie (third base, Langley, B.C.) and Dalton Pompey (centre field, Mississauga, Ont.) – in their startingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Rob Ducey, Jim Adduci”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan

It was Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Puhl that saved Nolan Ryan’s fifth no-hitter. Manning right field for the Houston Astros, the Melville, Sask., native took off after a deep fly ball that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia clubbed to right-centre off of Ryan in the top of the seventh inning at theContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan”