But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his debut with the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Paxton’s start represented the first time in nearly 43 years that a Canadian pitcher has startedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Joey Votto, Jimmy Key

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After Toronto Blue Jays back-up catcher Luke Maile went 2-for-4 with a walk-off single and three RBI in the second game of his club’s doubleheader sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Montreal native Russell Martin, who started the first contest, was playfullyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Joey Votto, Jimmy Key”

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joey Votto, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thanks to the baseball card above, every time I watch the Cleveland Indians play I feel like Bryn Smith is also somewhere in the team’s dugout. This is a 1982 Topps Future Stars card that features then Montreal Expos prospects Terry Francona (now IndiansContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joey Votto, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Tim Wallach, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Vancouver, B.C., native and ex-Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond for helping the EDA Rhinos capture the Taiwan Series championship yesterday. The 37-year-old right-hander won nine games and hurled 152-2/3 innings for the Chinese Professional Baseball League club and was named the league’sContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Tim Wallach, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The 1982 Topps Montreal Expos Future Stars card (pictured above) showcases Terry Francona and Brad Mills together on their first Topps baseball card. Both played for the Expos’ only playoff team in 1981 and 35 years later, Mills is serving as Francona’s bench coach forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it seems like Russell Martin has hit a lot of clutch, late-inning home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, that’s because he has. Thirteen of the Montreal native’s 19 homers have come in the sixth inning or later. Thirty-two years ago today,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Al Rosen, Andrew Albers, Shawn Camp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The first spring training game I ever went to was in Dunedin, Fla., on March 20, 1987. The Cincinnati Reds were playing the Toronto Blue Jays and I was an eager 13-year-old with an autograph book. I was shy, but I stood above theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Al Rosen, Andrew Albers, Shawn Camp”

Memories of getting Montreal Expos autographs by mail

During the summers of 1983 and 1984, one of the favourite ways for my brother Paul and I to pass our time was to write fan letters to big league baseball players and ask for their autographs. The Montreal Expos players proved to be particularly obliging. I think the first player we heard back fromContinue reading “Memories of getting Montreal Expos autographs by mail”