But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Michael Saunders, Scott Thorman, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please take a moment today to remember Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and legendary Canadian baseball scout and executive Wayne Norton who passed away one year ago today at the age of 75 after a valiant battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Michael Saunders, Scott Thorman, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Dalton Pompey, Scott Thorman, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thank you to Scott Crawford at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for sharing with me that former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Vancouver native Scott Richmond topped the Italian Baseball League in ERA (1.81), strikeouts (109) and innings pitched (89 1/3) this season.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Dalton Pompey, Scott Thorman, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Scott Thorman, George Gibson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         There will be a strong debate about who should win the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award, which is presented annually to the top Canadian player. Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) has captured the honour in seven of the past eight years, butContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Scott Thorman, George Gibson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • There was good news and bad news for Montreal Expos great Tim Raines when the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting results were announced on Wednesday. The bad news is that the speedy former outfielder did not receive the 75 per cent support fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox

He could have managed the Toronto Blue Jays forever. That’s what Stephen Brunt wrote about Bobby Cox in his excellent 1996 book, “Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball.” “He could have been to Toronto what Walter Alston was to the Los Angeles Dodgers, skipper for life,” wrote Brunt. But that wasn’t to be.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Thorman, Rob Ducey, Ed Herrman

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Two ex-big leaguers from Cambridge, Ont., have landed prominent coaching jobs this off-season. Rob Ducey, who was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June, will serve as a hitting instructor with theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Thorman, Rob Ducey, Ed Herrman”

But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Brett Cecil, Trevor Gretzky

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – He has persevered through nine minor league seasons with five different major league organizations, but Canada’s own version of Crash Davis, Chris Robinson, was called up by the San Diego Padres on Thursday. The gritty,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Brett Cecil, Trevor Gretzky”

But What Do I Know? … Dustin McGowan, Scott Thorman, Ryan Dempster

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (My apologies for the wonky spacing. I can’t figure out how to adjust this): Nobody loves Dustin McGowan’s comeback story more than me, but the Blue Jays’ decision to sign him to an extension is baffling. Perhaps the memory of J.P. Ricciardi low-balling ChrisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Dustin McGowan, Scott Thorman, Ryan Dempster”

But What Do I Know? … Jon Rauch, Rene Tosoni, Willie Upshaw

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I was once told to never trust a man with a neck tattoo. Just wondering if that applies to Jays closer Jon Rauch. Yes, he has five saves in six opportunities, but he has also allowed three homers in 11 innings. Over theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jon Rauch, Rene Tosoni, Willie Upshaw”