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”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Scott, George Kottaras, Cole Armstrong

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Happy 64th Birthday to John Scott, the first player to walk to the plate in a major league game for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jackson, Miss., native struck out to lead off the bottom of the first inning in the Blue Jays’ inauguralContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Scott, George Kottaras, Cole Armstrong”

But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On a New York Mets broadcast in 1988, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “On this Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all you fathers out here a Happy Birthday.” So to paraphrase Kiner, Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Erik Bedard, Scott Diamond

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) and Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.), two Canadians who pitched for the bulk of their careers at Wrigley Field, took to Twitter yesterday to pay tribute to Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who passed away on Friday at the age of 83.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Erik Bedard, Scott Diamond”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Ryan Dempster, John Axford

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For Blue Jay fans lamenting the fact that Melky Cabrera has reportedly signed a three-year, $42-million contract with the Chicago White Sox, consider this, Cabrera’s 2014 WAR (an all-encompassing statistic that measures the number of wins (taking into account both offensive and defensive contributions)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Ryan Dempster, John Axford”

But What Do I Know? . . . Erik Bedard, Ryan Dempster, Michael Carter-Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Most Seattle Mariners fans regard the February 8, 2008 trade in which the Mariners shipped Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and two other players to the Baltimore Orioles for Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) as one of the worst in franchise history. But at that time,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Erik Bedard, Ryan Dempster, Michael Carter-Williams”

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

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 physicalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Nolan Ryan, Shawn Hill

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – Call it the Cooperstowners in Canada jinx, but after I wrote about Burnaby, B.C., native Jim Adduci’s three-hit performance for the Texas Rangers in his club’s 12-0 victory on April 18, the 28-year-old Canadian was placed on the disabled list the following day. After his breakoutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Nolan Ryan, Shawn Hill”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Dickson, Rheal Cormier, Ralph Dickenson

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Congratulations to former big league pitchers Jason Dickson (Chatham, N.B.) and Rheal Cormier (Cap-Pele, N.B.) on their election to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. The two Maritime moundsmen will be inducted in a ceremony in St. Stephen, N.B. onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Dickson, Rheal Cormier, Ralph Dickenson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Congratulations to Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster who became the 10th Canadian player to be part of a World Series-winning team when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals last night. A starterContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach”