But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first-ever spring training game. They beat the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,988 in Dunedin, Fla. Veteran right-hander Bill Singer, who also started the regular seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Colorado Rockies strongly pushed Larry Walker’s case for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on social media this year. In 10 seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native won three batting titles, five Gold Gloves, two Silver SluggerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind”

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”

August 24, 1993: Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian to register six hits in a MLB game

It would’ve been understandable if Kevin Reimer was too exhausted to savour the fact that he had just made Canadian baseball history. After all, on August 24, 1993, when the left-handed hitting slugger became the first and only Canadian to record six hits in a major league game, he accomplished this in a grueling, extra-inningContinue reading “August 24, 1993: Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian to register six hits in a MLB game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Congratulations to Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) on his successful 11-year major league career. Hall of Fame writer Bob Elliott shared on the Canadian Baseball Network on Friday that Francis is retiring. A first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2002 MLB amateur draft, theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Colby Rasmus, Kevin Pillar, Russell Martin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just when I wake up feeling everything is right in the sports world, I find out that Tie Domi has a best-selling book and Colby Rasmus will make $15.8 million in 2016. • Kevin Pillar’s Gold Glove snub makes me think that it’s timeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Colby Rasmus, Kevin Pillar, Russell Martin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Siddall

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Leave it to Dr. Seuss to summarize what the feelings of Toronto Blue Jays fans should be after their club’s exciting 2015 season ended on Friday: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” • You can’t help but admire and respect left-handerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Siddall”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With southpaw reliever Brett Cecil out for the playoffs with a torn left-calf muscle, if I’m Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and I need to get a left-handed batter out late in the game tonight, I’m bringing in David Price to face him. WithContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins, J.P. Arencibia

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • There are those in the Canadian baseball community that believe Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) needed a dose of humility. Well, he got one on Tuesday when he struck out four times on 12 pitches in his second game with the Oakland A’s. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins, J.P. Arencibia”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Ryan Dempster, John Axford

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For Blue Jay fans lamenting the fact that Melky Cabrera has reportedly signed a three-year, $42-million contract with the Chicago White Sox, consider this, Cabrera’s 2014 WAR (an all-encompassing statistic that measures the number of wins (taking into account both offensive and defensive contributions)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Ryan Dempster, John Axford”