But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Mike Soroka, Cal Quantrill, Matt Stairs

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         According to Sportsnet Stats, Calgary native Mike Soroka is the first pitcher in major league history to allow one earned run or less in nine of their first 11 major league starts. The Atlanta Braves right-hander tossed seven shutout innings against the St. LouisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Thomson, Mike Soroka, Cal Quantrill, Matt Stairs”

James Paxton wins Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award

December 4, 2018 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Official Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Ladner, B.C. native James Paxton has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Tip O’Neill Award. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement andContinue reading “James Paxton wins Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Rolen, Murray Zuk, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         So you think it’s easy for writers to fill out their National Baseball Hall of Fame ballots? Go ahead and pretend you have a vote and fill out your own ballot. This was an exercise I undertook on Thursday, and let me tell you,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Rolen, Murray Zuk, James Paxton”

Paxton, Votto head list of Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award candidates

November 15, 2018 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – One became the first Canadian to pitch a major league no-hitter on Canadian soil and topped 200 strikeouts in a season for the first time, while the other led the National League in on-base percentage and was selected to theContinue reading “Paxton, Votto head list of Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award candidates”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy 58th Birthday to Paul Hodgson, who was the second Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Marysville, N.B., native was the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home run for the Blue Jays. After signing with the Blue Jays onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers”

Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – For the sixth time in seven years, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adheringContinue reading “Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its Tip O’Neill Award winner on December 2. This honour is handed out annually by the St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine to a Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill Award, Roy Halladay, Brett Cecil”

Votto, Saunders head list of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Tip O’Neill candidates

Courtesy http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – One batted .408 after the All-Star break and led the National League in on-base percentage, while the other belted a career-high 24 home runs and played in his first All-Star Game. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) enjoyed excellent seasons in 2016. But so tooContinue reading “Votto, Saunders head list of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Tip O’Neill candidates”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 19 years ago today that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker became the first Canadian to win a big league MVP Award. The left-handed-hitting slugger captured the National League honour by batting .366 and belting 49 home runs during the 1997 season. HeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Pat Hentgen, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If the Toronto Blue Jays advance to the post-season, the first Christmas card they should send out this December should be to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Searage helped turn around the careers of three ex-Pirates who are now key members of the BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Dave Stieb, James Paxton”