He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was approaching the middle of May in the 1997 season and the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was sputtering. Joe Carter, in his final season with the club, had belted just two home runs in April. The club had resorted to using aging utility man Juan Samuel as aContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra”

Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The magic number for starting pitchers to secure automatic entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame used to be 300 wins. At least that’s what it was during the era when Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) played. That also explains, in part, why Jenkins, who amassedContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Veteran right-handers Scott Mathieson and Scott Richmond, who were both born in Vancouver, had hoped to pitch for Canada at the Olympics this summer and then retire. With the Olympics postponed until 2021, however, bothContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) won his 100th game as an American League pitcher, when he hurled a complete game for the Texas Rangers in theirContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, Ken Crosby

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Atlanta Braves pitcher and Calgary native Mike Soroka, who just six days after being named the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award winner, was selected to the All-MLB Second-Team on Tuesday. Joining him on that squad is teammateContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, Ken Crosby”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts for the Atlanta Braves duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell”

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? . . . Jim Adduci, Jordan Romano, Tim Harkness, Fergie Jenkins

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Burnaby, B.C. native Jim Adduci signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs this week. The 33-year-old first baseman/outfielder enjoyed his longest tenure in the big leagues in 2018, batting .267 in 59 games for the Detroit Tigers. He also hit .309Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Jordan Romano, Tim Harkness, Fergie Jenkins”