But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Phillippe Aumont, Dave Stieb, Dave Winfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy 22nd Birthday to Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka who had another strong start this week for the Atlanta Braves. On Wednesday, he limited the Washington Nationals to one run on three hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.37 this season.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Phillippe Aumont, Dave Stieb, Dave Winfield”

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? . . . First Montreal Expos home game, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Paul Hodgson

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty years ago today, the first regular season Major League Baseball game was played on Canadian soil when the Montreal Expos took on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 29,184 fans at Jarry Park. With his three-run home run in theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . First Montreal Expos home game, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Paul Hodgson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Russell Martin, Bobby Doerr, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Birthday to my favourite baseball player of all-time – my dad, Ralph Glew! Mickey Mantle was his hero growing up, but I remember my dad as more of a Tony Gwynn-type batter in his slo-pitch games with the Dorchester Standbys. I recall himContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Russell Martin, Bobby Doerr, Terry Puhl”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his debut with the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Paxton’s start represented the first time in nearly 43 years that a Canadian pitcher has startedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Joey Votto, Vancouver Asahi, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers! I’m very thankful for your support over the years. I hope you get to relax and enjoy time with your family today. ·         Windsor, Ont., native and two-time Pacific Coast League manager of the year Stubby ClappContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Joey Votto, Vancouver Asahi, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Joey Votto, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In a final classy gesture, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will step aside today to allow Montreal native Russell Martin to manage the team for the club’s final game of the season. The 35-year-old Martin, who has not played since September 3, willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Joey Votto, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Victoria, B.C., native Nick Pivetta made his first start at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. The 25-year-old right-hander started for the Philadelphia Phillies and allowed five runs and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings in his club’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, John Axford, Joey Votto, Brett Gray

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If I’m a Canadian major leaguer, I’d consider wearing full body armor in the field these days. In the past two weeks, three Canadians, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.), John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) and Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) have been hit with fast-moving baseballsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, John Axford, Joey Votto, Brett Gray”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Pedro Martinez, John Olerud

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal native Russell Martin’s solo home run off of Seattle Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales in the top of the fourth inning on Friday night was his 64th as a Toronto Blue Jay. This moves him into second place among Toronto Blue Jays catchers forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Pedro Martinez, John Olerud”