But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – This is an exciting week to be a Canadian baseball fan. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will announce its Jack Graney Award winner on Tuesday and its Tip O’Neill Award recipient on Thursday. The GraneyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully”

Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Canada Day to you! Let’s celebrate with a hodge podge of Canada Day baseball facts that I’ve gathered over the years. · On July 1, 1940, Hunstville, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk, hitting fifth in the New York Yankees lineup behind JoeContinue reading “Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

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? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Larry Walker, Nick Pivetta, Russell Martin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please send your thoughts and prayers to Toronto Blue Jays legend and 2008 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez who is in critical condition in hospital due to complications from a kidney disease. Fernandez has been fighting Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Larry Walker, Nick Pivetta, Russell Martin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Fergie Jenkins, John Upham

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With the end of 2019 drawing near, it’s important to remember those from the Canadian baseball community that we lost this year. Three Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees passed away in 2019. Longtime big league umpire and Montreal native Jim McKean died onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Fergie Jenkins, John Upham”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When is the last time you heard someone discuss the “Fenway Park effect” when evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. And while people continually bring up Coors Field when debating whether Canadian Larry Walker (MapleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         We’ll find out tomorrow at 6 p.m. E.T. if right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will become the second Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Back in 2004, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Jason BayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Russell Martin, Dalton Pompey, Phillippe Aumont”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Nick Pivetta, Scott Richmond, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last week, we shared a link to Shi Davidi’s Sportsnet article in which Montreal native and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said he might retire after this season when his lucrative contract that he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays prior to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Nick Pivetta, Scott Richmond, Tom Burgess”

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”