But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Mike Soroka, Matt Stairs, Rob Butler

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins lives in Arizona these days, and his state has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19). So I was glad to see that the baseball legend,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Mike Soroka, Matt Stairs, Rob Butler”

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”

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? . . . Phil Marchildon, Cal Quantrill, John Sullivan, Larry Walker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Congratulations to former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies slugger Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) who has been named the “Most Influential Canadian” on Bob Elliott’s annual top 100 list of the most influential Canadians in baseball. It’s theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Cal Quantrill, John Sullivan, Larry Walker”

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? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Oscar Judd, Troy Glaus

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jon Morosi, of Fox Sports and the MLB Network, reported on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) recently threw at a showcase in front of scouts from “as many as 20” major league teams. MorosiContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Oscar Judd, Troy Glaus”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Boomer Wells?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The first “Boomer” Wells to play for the Toronto Blue Jays wasn’t given much of an opportunity to excel with the club. And in hindsight, it’s hard to understand why. In August 1981, when the 6-foot-5 slugger, whose birth name is Greg, was summoned to the big leagues forContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Boomer Wells?”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – MLB agent Scott Boras told reporters on Tuesday that free agent left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) is almost completely healthy after an injury-shortened 2020 season. “He’s far into bullpen [sessions] and is throwing bullpens for select teams,” BorasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, John Olerud, Lloyd Moseby”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 78th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins! Born in Chatham, Ont., he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15, 1962, but it wasn’t until he was acquired by the Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp”