But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Montreal native and former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin turned 38 on Monday. Some have asked me if Martin has retired. I did some research and the latest update I could find about Martin came from JonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Tim Raines”

Andrew Albers returns to Twins

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 Twins. The deal, which includes an invitation to big league spring training, was announced by True Gravity Baseball, the agencyContinue reading “Andrew Albers returns to Twins”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez

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 winner of the Fielding Bible Award for major league left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native was among the winners announcedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Steve Sinclair, Larry Walker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Calgary native Mike Soroka may not have a win in his first two starts with the Atlanta Braves this season, but the young right-hander, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, is off to an excellent start. He ownsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Steve Sinclair, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein

  This is the sixth of my “Find the Canadian Connection” features.  For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. You can readContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein”

Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81

Ron Fairly, the only player to be named an all-star as a member of the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. A cause of death has not been released, but the Seattle Mariners, whom Fairly had most recently worked for as a broadcaster, shared the newsContinue reading “Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81”

James Paxton wins Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award

December 4, 2018 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Official Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Ladner, B.C. native James Paxton has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Tip O’Neill Award. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement andContinue reading “James Paxton wins Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez”