But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, Cal Quantrill, Rowan Wick, Tom Cheek, Dave Stieb

North Battleford, Sask., native Andrew Albers. Photo: True Gravity Baseball By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –One of the feel-good Canadian baseball stories this year has been North Battleford, Sask., native Andrew Albers' return to the big leagues with the Minnesota Twins. After holding the... Continue Reading →

Andrew Albers returns to Twins

North Battleford, Sask., native Andrew Albers has signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. Photo: True Gravity Baseball By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada After three seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japan Pacific League, left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) has signed a minor league deal to return to the Minnesota... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named one of three finalists for the Gold Glove Award for National League left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native is up... Continue Reading →

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Mr. Steady in the field and at the plate

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When I've mentioned Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Terry Puhl's name to a player or coach who was around Major League Baseball during the late 1970s or in the 1980s, they often remember him as a "steady," "dependable" or "solid all-around" outfielder. In a Twitter exchange with Jim... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It appears I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton when I said he’d likely be named to the American League All-Star team in last week’s column. Not only was he not named to the All-Star team, he has also landed on the 10-day disabled... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I have to think that Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton will be named to his first All-Star team when the American League roster is unveiled on Sunday (UPDATE: He was not named to the roster). The Canadian lefty boasts an 8-3 record and a... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Friday would’ve been New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle’s 86th Birthday. In 1951, Mantle’s rookie season, the 19-year-old outfielder was slumping badly when the Yankees demoted him to the triple-A Kansas City Blues in mid-July. The Blues were managed by Huntsville, Ont., native and... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tim Raines, Dustin Molleken

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • This article written by MLB.com’s Andrew Simon offers the best statistical evidence I’ve read yet that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker deserves to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Simon uses advanced statistics to make a case for the Canadian... Continue Reading →

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