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? . . . 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”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian will be playing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 21st time in the past 22 Midsummer Classics. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who grew up in Etobicoke, Ont., will be a reserve for the National League in Tuesday’s all-star showdown at Nationals Park in Washington. With his selection this year, VottoContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Ryan Dempster, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For baseball writers on the fence about whether Larry Walker deserves their Hall of Fame vote (Part 2, continuing from last week), I offer this tweet from Baseball Reference on December 1: “Only 10 RFs had more WAR for their careers than Larry WalkerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Ryan Dempster, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thursday wasn’t a good day for Philadelphia Phillies players born in Victoria, B.C. After allowing one earned run in 4-2/3 innings in his start that day, Nick Pivetta was sent down to the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs following the game. In four big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Edwin Encarnacion, Rance Mulliniks, Delino DeShields

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its class of 2017 on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and it’s looking as though Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines will finally be elected. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that haveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Edwin Encarnacion, Rance Mulliniks, Delino DeShields”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Quantrill, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Ralph Branca

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Port Hope, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Quantrill who’s set to become the ninth member of Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence. He will be honoured during the organization’s National Teams Awards Banquet & Fundraiser set to take place atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Quantrill, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Ralph Branca”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Montreal native Russell Martin helped make history on Tuesday when he belted two home runs against the New York Yankees in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez also clubbed two home runs, marking the firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it feels like John Gibbons gets thrown out of a lot of games, that’s because he does get thrown out of a lot of games, at least that’s what the statistics say. Just 45 games into the 2016 season, the Toronto Blue Jays skipperContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers”