But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported on Wednesday that Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster has opted to retire. After helping the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2013, the Canadian right-hander took the entire 2014 season off for personal and physical... Continue Reading →

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball's most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded a... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan

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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 the... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom was not "Terrific" in Toronto. Admittedly, Tom Seaver, whose dominance on the mound earned him the nickname "Tom Terrific," didn't pitch in Toronto until the tail end of his career, but the legendary hurler lost all three games he started at Exhibition Stadium and posted a 3.63 ERA.... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton

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He won four Cy Young Awards, was selected to 10 all-star games and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. But what you might not know about legendary left-hander Steve Carlton is that he started his professional baseball career in Canada. After he was signed as an... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre

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In a previous blog entry, I noted that Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa - two of the three legendary managers recently elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame - spent portions of their professional careers in Canada. Cox, of course, managed the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons from 1982 to 1985, while... Continue Reading →

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