But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Rob Thomson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         North Delta Blue Jays alum James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) will make his second career post-season start tonight for the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Houston Astros 7-0 in the series opener on SaturdayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Rob Thomson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Johnny Rutherford, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) starts Game 3 of the National League Division Series for the Atlanta Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals today, he’ll become the 20th Canadian to pitch in a major league post-season game. According to the Canadian Baseball HallContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Johnny Rutherford, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Cal Quantrill, Stubby Clapp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will make his final start of the season today.  Through 28 starts, he is 13-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 169 2/3 innings. His start today likely rules him out of starting the opening game of theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Cal Quantrill, Stubby Clapp”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Mike Soroka, Pumpsie Green

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Mariano Rivera, the late Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and Harold Baines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon in Cooperstown. It’s a bittersweet day for Toronto Blue Jays fans who will celebrate the memory ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, Mike Soroka, Pumpsie Green”

But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         One of my annual traditions when I visit Dunedin Stadium is to find the names of Canadians who once starred for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ on the club’s wall of excellence located in the concourse down the right field line. The name of eachContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Paul Hodgson, Dalton Pompey, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Jack Graney Award, Carlos Delgado

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Writers have started submitting their National Baseball Hall of Fame ballots and as in previous years, I would like to strongly encourage them to vote for Maple Ridge, B.C. native Larry Walker. So each week until the voting results are announced I’ll feature aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Jack Graney Award, Carlos Delgado”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         All of the presentations were outstanding at the third annual Canadian Baseball History Conference in London, Ont., on Saturday. Thank you to Andrew and Elena North for all that they do to put together this event and a special tip of the hat toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Don Wade of the Daily Memphian reported on Monday that the Texas Rangers have had “preliminary discussions” with Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp about their vacant managerial position. Wade also indicates that if Clapp doesn’t get a big league manager’s job with another club,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Jim Henderson, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Stubby Clapp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Bravo to Etobicoke, Ont., Joey Votto for choosing to have “In Flanders Fields” emblazoned on the back of his Cincinnati Reds jersey for his Players’ Weekend nickname. “In Flanders Fields” is the poem penned by Canadian military doctor John McCrae in 1915 that’s recitedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Stubby Clapp”