But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been a great season for Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto, but the past two weeks have been particularly memorable. On June 28, he broke Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker’s record for most career walks by a Canadian when he notched his 914thContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The MLB Draft is set to begin tomorrow night at 7 p.m. E.T. in Secaucus, N.J. Thanks to the compensatory pick they will receive from the Cleveland Indians for Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays will have two first-round selections (22nd and 28th overall).Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Nine years ago today, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto became the third Canadian to belt three home runs in a major league game. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman went deep off three different Chicago Cubs pitchers – Jon Lieber, Sean Marshall and Sean GallagherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It has become an Easter tradition in this column to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Millson, Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Don Sutton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Longtime Globe & Mail scribe and Toronto Blue Jays beat writer Larry Millson was presented with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award by Hall board members John Starzynski and David Morneau in a ceremony between innings during the Blue Jays’ 6-4 winContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Millson, Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Don Sutton”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Anyone out there still angry that the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t sign David Price to a long-term deal? The all-star lefty, who inked a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Boston Red Sox following a superb two-month stint with the Blue Jays in 2015, is experiencingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of my favourite spring training stories so far this year is that according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Toronto Blue Jays players have taken to calling minor league instructor Tim Raines “HOF” – as in “Hall of Fame.” The Montreal Expos legend was elected toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Wayne Gretzky shared that baseball was his favourite sport when he was growing up. The Brantford, Ont., native, who’s the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, said that if he had been given the choice of playing professional hockey orContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jimmy Key, Brandon Morrow

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of the best things about the Toronto Blue Jays signing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be listening to Buck Martinez say his name on TV broadcasts. One of the worst things will be trying to spell his last name correctly. For the record, at 14Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jimmy Key, Brandon Morrow”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, J.P. Arencibia, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Everyone from Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Frank Thomas to former Montreal Expos teammates Warren Cromartie, Vladimir Guerrero, Cliff Floyd and Tim Burke to current Blue Jays like Kevin Pillar offered their congratulations to Tim Raines via Twitter after he was elected to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, J.P. Arencibia, Rusty Staub”