Remembering Don Zimmer – Born: January 17, 1931

Please take a moment to remember baseball lifer Don Zimmer who would’ve turned 89 today. “Popeye” spent 66 seasons in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and adviser. Best known for his managerial stints with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs and for his tenure as the New York Yankees bench coach, ZimmerContinue reading “Remembering Don Zimmer – Born: January 17, 1931”

But What Do I Know? . . . Bob Elliott, Joe Siddall, Tip O’Neill Award voting, Pedro Martinez

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian Baseball Network founder Bob Elliott and former Montreal Expos catcher and current Blue Jays Central studio analyst Joe Siddall on their inductions into the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame which took place lastContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Bob Elliott, Joe Siddall, Tip O’Neill Award voting, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for leading the triple-A Memphis Redbirds to a Pacific Coast League championship for a second consecutive  season. The Redbirds defeated the Fresno Grizzlies on September 16 to capture the title. Clapp then led the Redbirds to 14-4Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford has signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invite to big league spring training. The 6-foot-5 reliever struggled in 2017 after beginning the campaign on the disabled list with a right shoulderContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Marco Estrada

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) had reached base at least twice in 20 consecutive games until his streak was snapped on Wednesday. He fell one game short of tying Ted Williams’ record for most consecutive games reaching base two or more times. Aside from Williams,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Fergie Jenkins, Marco Estrada”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Having Lawrie and Lowrie on the same team in the same infield is a typo waiting to happen for a baseball writer. Fortunately for them, the Oakland A’s are reportedly looking to trade Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.). Susan Slusser of the San Francisco ChronicleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, Otto Velez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Don’t get me wrong, Jose Bautista is a great player and the Blue Jays are lucky to have him, but the slugger was rightfully criticized by some members of the media after his initial less-than-enthusiastic assessment of the trade that sent his good friendContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, Otto Velez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Enos Gordon Goudey, Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • You know those baseball cards you collected as a kid? Well, it turns out that it was a Canadian who masterminded the first set of baseball cards that was packaged with gum. Nova Scotia native Enos Gordon Goudey, who later moved to Boston, Mass.,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Enos Gordon Goudey, Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jesse Crain, Dustin McGowan

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Today seems like an appropriate day to remember “Luscious Luke” Easter, a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the Cleveland Indians on August 11, 1949. Known for clubbing tape-measure homers –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jesse Crain, Dustin McGowan”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Diamond, Bo Schultz, Dustin Molleken

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports that free agent left-hander Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) threw for the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome sidelined with injuries and ailments and Matt Moore still recuperating from Tommy John surgery, the RaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Diamond, Bo Schultz, Dustin Molleken”