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”

Joey Votto to be presented with Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award on Saturday

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto will be presented with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2015 Tip O’Neill Award in a ceremony prior to the Cincinnati Reds game against the Chicago Cubs on April 23 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. This will be the fifth timeContinue reading “Joey Votto to be presented with Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award on Saturday”

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

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – For the fifth time in six 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 andContinue reading “Joey Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Having Lawrie and Lowrie on the same team in the same infield is a typo waiting to happen for a baseball writer. Fortunately for them, the Oakland A’s are reportedly looking to trade Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.). Susan Slusser of the San Francisco ChronicleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez”

Votto, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys – One reached base more times than any other player in the big leagues, while the other threw out more baserunners than any other American League catcher. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) had outstanding seasons in 2015. But John Axford (PortContinue reading “Votto, Martin head list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Damaso Garcia, Bud Black

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Ah, the fickleness of fandom. I find it fascinating that some of the same fans that wanted Alex Anthopoulos fired in May are now the angriest that he’s leaving. Some baseball pundits have suggested that Anthopoulos would be a good fit with the MiamiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Damaso Garcia, Bud Black”

Morneau to be presented with Tip O’Neill Award on Monday

St. Marys, Ont. – For the third time in his major league career, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau will be honoured with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. Morneau will be presented with the award in a pre-game ceremony on Monday, April 20 at Coors Field in Colorado when the RockiesContinue reading “Morneau to be presented with Tip O’Neill Award on Monday”