But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada, Rich Harden, Tom Henke

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – I continue to ask everyone to please keep former Montreal Expo catcher Joe Siddall and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Joe’s 14-year-old son, Kevin, was diagnosed with blood cancer in August and is fighting for his life. – IContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Baseball Canada, Rich Harden, Tom Henke”

Canadian ball hall inductees Raines and Bell shared memorable magazine cover 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago, 2013 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Tim Raines and George Bell graced the cover of Bill Mazeroski’s Baseball Annual. With these former all-stars set to be inducted into the St. Marys, Ont.-based ball shrine on June 29, it seemed fitting that I stumbled upon this publication when I was cleaning outContinue reading “Canadian ball hall inductees Raines and Bell shared memorable magazine cover 25 years ago”

But What Do I Know? … Scott Richmond, Shawn Hill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled seven different pitchers from their Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas ’51s this season. Unfortunately, none of them have been named Scott Richmond. The 32-year-old Vancouver native has started 13 games in VegasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Scott Richmond, Shawn Hill, Fergie Jenkins”

Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Frank Wills: 1958 to 2012

For longtime Blue Jays fans, the memory of Tom Henke fanning Orioles pinch-hitter Larry Sheets on September 30, 1989 to clinch the club’s second division title remains vivid. What many have forgotten, however, is that without the four shutout innings supplied by right-hander Frank Wills in relief of Jimmy Key that day, there likely wouldn’tContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Frank Wills: 1958 to 2012”

Jays should find out if Ryota Igarashi can be the next Tom Henke

With Bill Caudill faltering as the Toronto Blue Jays’ closer in 1985, general manager Pat Gillick looked within the organization to solve the club’s ninth-inning woes. Fortunately, a bespectacled, 27-year-old fireballer that the Jays had plucked from the Texas Rangers as free agent compensation for Cliff Johnson was dominating International League batters. In 51-1/3 inningsContinue reading “Jays should find out if Ryota Igarashi can be the next Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? … Tony Fernandez, Sergio Santos, Kelly Gruber

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  During a media scrum with former Blue Jays closer Tom Henke prior to his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction last June, one reporter asked why he wasn’t more involved with the Jays as a spring trainingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Tony Fernandez, Sergio Santos, Kelly Gruber”

But What Do I Know? … Mike Flanagan, Brett Lawrie, John Axford

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  No one will ever truly know what drove former Blue Jay Mike Flanagan to take his own life last Wednesday, but it’s clear that he had a profound impact on his teammates. Both Tom Henke and ToddContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Mike Flanagan, Brett Lawrie, John Axford”

But What Do I Know? … Roberto Alomar, Dave Stieb, Deion Sanders

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  People have asked me how I feel about Roberto Alomar’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today. Let’s just say I’m very happy for Pat Gillick and Dave Van Horne. I’ll say this about Alomar:Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Roberto Alomar, Dave Stieb, Deion Sanders”

But What Do I Know? … Matt Stairs, Rich Harden, Joe Girardi

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Being Bud Selig’s second-hand man from 1997 to 2002, Paul Beeston should still have some clout in the commissioner’s office. If I’m Beeston, I’m doing everything I can to ensure that the Jays have a home gameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Matt Stairs, Rich Harden, Joe Girardi”

Five things I learned about Tom Henke last weekend

I’ve been following the Toronto Blue Jays since their inception in 1977, so I figured I knew everything there is to know about Tom Henke. But after participating in a media scrum with The Terminator prior to his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame last Saturday, I discovered that there was a lotContinue reading “Five things I learned about Tom Henke last weekend”