But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –With Cleveland’s top two starters Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale on the 60-day disabled list, Canadian right-hander Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) is emerging as the new ace of their staff. He put together the most dominant performance ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Black, Richard Trembecki, Rob Ducey, Ryan Dempster

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -The first round of the MLB draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. E.T. Thirty-six selections – including each team’s first-round pick and the seven Competitive Balance A picks – will be announced tonight and there’s a decent chance thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler Black, Richard Trembecki, Rob Ducey, Ryan Dempster”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada A player born in Canada will be competing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 23rd time in the past 24 Midsummer Classics. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s all-starContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

On this date in Canadian baseball history . . . May 7

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s a rundown of some significant events in Canadian baseball history that have happened on May 7: 1929 – Former Montreal Expos manager Dick Williams was born in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to managing the Expos to a 380-347 record in parts of five seasons from 1977 to 1981,Continue reading “On this date in Canadian baseball history . . . May 7”

But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – As you have heard, longtime home run champion and one of baseball’s most important and inspirational ambassadors, Hank Aaron, passed away on Friday at the age of 86. You can read my full obituary and a summary ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke”

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? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs

*Today is the 28th anniversary of Matt Stairs’ MLB debut. On that day in 1992, he pinch hit for Montreal Expos left-hander Jeff Fassero in the 10th inning in the Expos’ 3-2 loss to the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. He struck out in that at bat, but he would later hit a MLB record 23Continue reading “A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) won his 100th game as an American League pitcher, when he hurled a complete game for the Texas Rangers in theirContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss

This is the fifth in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card I pulledContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss”