Five things you might not know about Willie Upshaw

September 30, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was Pat Gillick’s favourite player. At least that’s how Willie Upshaw was described in some newspaper articles in the 1980s. And the description seems appropriate. After all, it was Gillick who drafted and signed Upshaw for the New York Yankees in 1975 and then again,... Continue Reading →

Gausman’s mastery of splitter reminds Gibbons of Sutter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZO7gZ73TV0 *Watch Stu Stone's full interview with John Gibbons for the former Toronto Blue Jays manager's weekly "Talking Points" feature, sponsored by Bodog Canada, by clicking on the video above. May 6, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s a much different Kevin Gausman pitching in the American League East these days than the... Continue Reading →

Jerry Johnson, winning pitcher in Blue Jays’ first game, passes away at 77

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jerry Johnson, who was the Toronto Blue Jays' winning pitcher in their first-ever game, passed away on Monday after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He was 77. His wife, Susan Trautmann Johnson, announced his death on her Facebook page this afternoon.... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –Langley Blaze and Junior National Team alum Tyler O'Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) is among the major league leaders with 13 hits so far this spring. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder is 13-for-33, good for a .394 batting average. Two... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The MLB Draft is set to begin tomorrow night at 7 p.m. E.T. in Secaucus, N.J. Thanks to the compensatory pick they will receive from the Cleveland Indians for Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays will have two first-round selections (22nd and 28th overall).... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Colorado Rockies strongly pushed Larry Walker’s case for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on social media this year. In 10 seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native won three batting titles, five Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to the family of Charlottetown, P.E.I., native and ex-big leaguer Vern Handrahan who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday at the age of 79. One of just three big league players from P.E.I. (George Wood (Pownal, P.E.I.) and Henry... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year contract extension on Saturday. The question many Blue Jays fans are asking is why? Though the payout is relatively modest by today’s standards ($4.125 million per season in 2017 and 2018 and a... Continue Reading →

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