But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please take a moment to remember the courageous and inspiring Jackie Robinson today, on what would’ve been his 102nd birthday. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, he starred at second base for the MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings (Some of these transactions date back to December.) –RHP Chase De Jong (Blue Jays’ 2012 second-round pick) signs a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. –INF/OF Brandon Drury signs a minor league deal with theContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, James Paxton, Rheal Cormier, Paul Beeston

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – As you have already heard, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passed away on Thursday night at the age of 93 after suffering a heart attack at his home. IContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, James Paxton, Rheal Cormier, Paul Beeston”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passes away at 93

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda has passed away at the age of 93. The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement this morning indicating that Lasorda suffered a heart attack at his home late last night. The former Dodgers skipper hadContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lasorda passes away at 93”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Hechavarria, Maile, Morrow, Smoak

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada There have been lots of rumours and very little action during this major league off-season. The Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to almost every big name free agent – George Springer, D.J. LeMahieu, Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto and Liam Hendriks – but like almost every other major leagueContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Hechavarria, Maile, Morrow, Smoak”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Danny Klassen, Tommy Lasorda

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         This post-season could represent the first time in major league history that two Canadian pitchers will start playoff openers for their respective clubs. Right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been the ace of the National League East champion Atlanta Braves this season, while left-handerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Danny Klassen, Tommy Lasorda”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Doyle Alexander, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Perhaps this is a good omen for the Toronto Blue Jays, who will be attempting to salvage one win out of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon. Twenty-four years ago today, the Blue Jays registered 10 consecutive hits in the second inningContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Doyle Alexander, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Adam Loewen, Vern Rapp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Yes, it’s become trite to complain about how much big leaguers are paid, but here’s an illustration of just how insane major league salaries are: Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison posted a 5.57 ERA, including a 13.89 ERA in September, while making $520,100Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Drew Hutchison, Adam Loewen, Vern Rapp”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before long you’re up in the stands with them.” Well, it’s a good thing that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager JohnContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tommy Lasorda, Michael Burgess, Mark Teahen”