But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) appears to have found his batting stroke again. Hitting leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds, the Canuck slugger is 8-for-24 (.333 batting average) in his last seven games. Three of those hits have beenContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Even some of the most diehard Montreal Expos fans won’t remember Hal McRae’s 17-month tenure as the club’s hitting coach from January 1990 to May 1991, but you can bet that Larry Walker does. In 1990, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native, then a prized young hitting prospect, was oneContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae”

But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I’ve been fortunate to interview a large number of players and ex-players during my writing career, but few have had a greater impact on me than Derek Aucoin. He’s a 6-foot-7 gentle giant whose heart is even bigger than his physical stature. Derek hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Derek Aucoin, Abraham Toro, Russell Martin, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For the first time, I’m starting to feel like there is hope that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker will one day be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker indicates that the Canadian slugger has gainedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins”

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? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Monday, when reporters asked Jose Bautista what it will take for the Toronto Blue Jays to re-sign him after his contract expires at the end of the season, the slugger said that he had a dollar amount in mind (rumored to be atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Sean Nolin, Oscar Judd

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Former Montreal Expos outfielder Ellis Valentine is the most talented player with the last name “Valentine” to suit up in the big leagues, but here’s a list of the some of the other “Valentines” that have competed in theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Sean Nolin, Oscar Judd”

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? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the start for the Toronto Blue Jays today on his 32nd birthday. His birthday present: he gets to pitch against 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. For the record, this will be Estrada’s first big leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Dalton Pompey”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey became the second Canadian to record an RBI in their first at bat with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 21-year-old outfielder’s ground out to first base plated Anthony Gose in the eighth inning in the Blue Jays’ 11-1 victoryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton”