But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For the first time, I’m starting to feel like there is hope that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker will one day be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker indicates that the Canadian slugger has gainedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been 83 years since there’s been a full-time Canadian manager in the major leagues. That was when London, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Gibson served as the dugout boss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that drought may end soon.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s always special when baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) is in St. Marys, Ont., for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction festivities, but this year was extra special because Jenkins brought his 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series ring. The durable right-hander, whoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The MLB Draft is set to begin tomorrow night at 7 p.m. E.T. in Secaucus, N.J. Thanks to the compensatory pick they will receive from the Cleveland Indians for Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays will have two first-round selections (22nd and 28th overall).Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tom Goffena, Balor Moore, Tony Fernandez, Rondell White”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Yesterday would’ve been Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter’s 63rd birthday. It seems fitting that Carter’s birthday falls on the same date as the first-ever Expos regular season game. Carter would’ve turned 15 on April 8, 1969 when the Expos defeated the New York Mets (theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Dave Stieb, Kirk McCaskill, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With southpaw reliever Brett Cecil out for the playoffs with a torn left-calf muscle, if I’m Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and I need to get a left-handed batter out late in the game tonight, I’m bringing in David Price to face him. WithContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew

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 “Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Longtime Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is excited that his former club will be playing in the postseason for the first time in 22 years. Earlier this morning, he sent out a congratulatory message to the Blue Jays on Twitter. “Congrats to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra”

But What Do I Know? … Epy Guerrero, Tony Fernandez, Joe Nathan

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – I was saddened to hear about the passing of former Toronto Blue Jays Latin American super scout Epy Guerrero on May 23. Among the 52 big leaguers (according to Bob Elliott) Guerrero signed are CanadianContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Epy Guerrero, Tony Fernandez, Joe Nathan”

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”