But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joey Votto, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thanks to the baseball card above, every time I watch the Cleveland Indians play I feel like Bryn Smith is also somewhere in the team’s dugout. This is a 1982 Topps Future Stars card that features then Montreal Expos prospects Terry Francona (now IndiansContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joey Votto, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Andre Dawson, Paul Spoljaric, Joey Votto

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto reached two more statistical milestones this week. On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds slugger scored his 100th run of the season. This marks the fifth time he has tallied 100 runs in a major league season, tying him withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Andre Dawson, Paul Spoljaric, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, including my mom, Glenyce Glew, who if there was a Hall of Fame for moms, she should be the first inducted! According to Baseball Reference, there has only been one player named “Mother” that hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Monday, when reporters asked Jose Bautista what it will take for the Toronto Blue Jays to re-sign him after his contract expires at the end of the season, the slugger said that he had a dollar amount in mind (rumored to be atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Brandon Morrow, Ken Robinson”

Great Canadian Baseball Moments: October 16, 1975 – Reggie Cleveland becomes the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game

As Reggie Cleveland warmed up in the bullpen at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium on October 16, 1975, he had no idea that he was about to become the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game. “No one told me that until years afterwards,” Cleveland told Brian Kendall for his 1995 book, Great Moments inContinue reading “Great Canadian Baseball Moments: October 16, 1975 – Reggie Cleveland becomes the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game”

Former Blue Jay Fred McGriff belongs in the Hall of Fame

For those requiring further evidence that Pat Gillick is a Hall of Fame general manager, I present the following transaction. On December 9, 1982, Gillick, while acting as the Jays GM, shipped pitcher Dale Murray and infielder Tom Dodd to the Yankees for Dave Collins (who would hit .308 and steal 60 bases for TorontoContinue reading “Former Blue Jay Fred McGriff belongs in the Hall of Fame”