In Memoriam: Remembering ex-Blue Jays players and coaches that passed away in 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s been a tough year, a really tough year. Over 340,000 Americans and more than 15,000 Canadians have died from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it hasn’t spared former big leaguers. Sadly, Tom Seaver, Jay Johnstone, Rick Baldwin and Lindy McDaniel were among those who lost their battle with theContinue reading “In Memoriam: Remembering ex-Blue Jays players and coaches that passed away in 2020”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named winner of the Fielding Bible Award for major league left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native was among the winners announcedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez”

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections”

Tuesday Trivia: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays player to record 1,000 hits for the club?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who was the first player to record 1,000 hits as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays? This is one of those questions that might trick even the most diehard Blue Jays fan. I think the majority of us who have followed the Blue Jays since the 1980s wouldContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays player to record 1,000 hits for the club?”

Blue Jays to honour Fernandez with jersey patch

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Toronto Blue Jays today announced on Monday that they will pay tribute to team legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez with a special No. 1 commemorative uniform patch that will be worn during the 2020 regular season. “There are few players in the gameContinue reading “Blue Jays to honour Fernandez with jersey patch”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Veteran right-handers Scott Mathieson and Scott Richmond, who were both born in Vancouver, had hoped to pitch for Canada at the Olympics this summer and then retire. With the Olympics postponed until 2021, however, bothContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.”

Former Blue Jay and Expo Damaso Garcia dies at 63

Former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos infielder Damaso Garcia has passed away at the age of 63. His death was confirmed to ESPN by his son Damaso Garcia Jr. Garcia had reportedly been in deteriorating health in recent years. In 1991, Garcia underwent surgery for a malignant brain tumor. The cancer and after-effects ofContinue reading “Former Blue Jay and Expo Damaso Garcia dies at 63”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Tyler O’Neill, Rowan Wick, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Today is International Women’s Day and I’m blessed to have many strong women in my life as friends, colleagues and relatives. I’d especially like to pay tribute to my mother Glenyce Glew. She has been a tremendous role model and a source of unconditionalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Tyler O’Neill, Rowan Wick, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was heartbroken to wake up to the news this morning that Toronto Blue Jays great and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez has passed away at the age of 57. I wrote an article about the Blue Jays great here. MyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter”

Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez passes away at 57

Toronto Blue Jays legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez has passed away at the age of 57. He had been in an induced coma in a Miami hospital due to complications from a kidney disease since early February. In recent days, Fernandez had shown some signs of improvement, but according toContinue reading “Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez passes away at 57”