But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who has been named the first baseman on The Sporting News MLB All-Decade Team. He joins Robinson Cano (second base), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Adrian Beltre (third base) and Buster Posey (catcher) to form theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jeff Heath, George Selkirk, R.J. Swindle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka who has been named to the National League All-Star team. With his selection, he becomes the third Canadian to be named to the All-Star team in their rookie season, joining Jason Dickson (Miramichi, N.B.) in 1997 andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jeff Heath, George Selkirk, R.J. Swindle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In his 36 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth was a constant source of positivity and kindness and his narrative skills were second to none. The Blue Jays radio broadcasting icon was rightfully honoured with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s JackContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         My American friends would say that there was something so Canadian about Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker asking his followers on Twitter on Thursday if it was OK to re-tweet some impressive statistics about him that were unearthed by a Twitter account calledContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been 83 years since there’s been a full-time Canadian manager in the major leagues. That was when London, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Gibson served as the dugout boss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that drought may end soon.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras”

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? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, including my mom, Glenyce Glew, who if there was a Hall of Fame for moms, she should be the first inducted! According to Baseball Reference, there has only been one player named “Mother” that hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I hope Toronto Blue Jays fans savored their opportunity to watch Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw make his first career start at Rogers Centre yesterday, even if he wasn’t at his most dominant. When all is said and done, Kershaw will be considered theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? … Brett Cecil, John Farrell, Tim McCarver

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  God bless Cito Gaston. He was a successful manager in his own way, but Jays manager John Farrell employed more game strategy in Thursday’s opener than Gaston did in his 10-plus years as dugout boss.  IContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Brett Cecil, John Farrell, Tim McCarver”

Batting average record-holder, Hugh Duffy, managed in Toronto

He grew up idolizing Cap Anson, so after Hugh Duffy signed with the Chicago White Stockings to play with his hero, he had to be discouraged by his Anson’s initial assessment of him. “Where’s the rest of you?” Anson reportedly snarled to the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Duffy. “This is all there is,” responded Duffy. “We alreadyContinue reading “Batting average record-holder, Hugh Duffy, managed in Toronto”