But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who has been named the first baseman on The Sporting News MLB All-Decade Team. He joins Robinson Cano (second base), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Adrian Beltre (third base) and Buster Posey (catcher) to form theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Former Toronto Blue Jay Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) has told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi that he will play for the Canadian national team at the WSBC Premier12 Tournament beginning on November 2 and then retire to become a manager for the Atlanta Braves’ Rookie ballContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Rob Thomson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         North Delta Blue Jays alum James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) will make his second career post-season start tonight for the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Houston Astros 7-0 in the series opener on SaturdayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Rob Thomson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines, Nick Pivetta

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With the scoreless inning he pitched for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, Calgary native Mike Soroka became the sixth Canadian hurler to appear in MLB’s Midsummer Classic. According to TSN Stats Centre on Twitter, he joins a list thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines, Nick Pivetta”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man whoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame edition”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Ash, Bay, Dempster and Thomson on Saturday

June 11, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selections and four Tip O’Neill awards, and together would’ve formed a strong foundation for a professional baseball team.Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Ash, Bay, Dempster and Thomson on Saturday”

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? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. Former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.),  versatile ex-pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.), esteemed coach Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and long-time executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.) willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson”

Bay, Dempster, Thomson, Ash elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

February 5, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release For Immediate Release Bay, Dempster, Thomson and Ash to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selectionsContinue reading “Bay, Dempster, Thomson, Ash elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Don Wade of the Daily Memphian reported on Monday that the Texas Rangers have had “preliminary discussions” with Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp about their vacant managerial position. Wade also indicates that if Clapp doesn’t get a big league manager’s job with another club,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell”