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”

Bruce Prentice, founder of the Canadian Baseball of Fame, passes away at 87

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bruce Prentice, who founded the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in Toronto in November 1982, has passed away at the age of 87 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his passing on Twitter early Friday afternoon. “It is withContinue reading “Bruce Prentice, founder of the Canadian Baseball of Fame, passes away at 87”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Felipe Alou, Pat Gillick, George Bell

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – I was happy to see fellow London, Ont., native Jamie Romak be named this year’s recipient of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award on Thursday. In a year with so much gloom, this is aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Felipe Alou, Pat Gillick, George Bell”

Dan Shulman wins Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award

December 1, 2020 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame News Release Blue Jays play-by-play commentator and ESPN broadcaster Dan Shulman named winner of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Jack Graney Award St. Marys, Ont. – Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play commentator and ESPN broadcaster Dan Shulman has been named the winner of the CanadianContinue reading “Dan Shulman wins Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – This is an exciting week to be a Canadian baseball fan. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will announce its Jack Graney Award winner on Tuesday and its Tip O’Neill Award recipient on Thursday. The GraneyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully”

Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada One of the benefits of spending a lot of time reading old stories about the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos is that I’ve stumbled across a number of fascinating long-forgotten photos. Here are two highlights from this week’s research: Tony Kubek in a Toronto Blue Jays’ uniform? MostContinue reading “Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 10 years ago today that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player. With that, he became the second Canadian to receive the honour, joining Colorado Rockies outfielderContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellen Harrigan, Freddie Freeman, James Paxton, Jackie Robinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Congratulations to Kim Ng, who was named the general manager of the Miami Marlins on Friday. With this assignment, she becomes the first female general manager in major league history. Ng has spent 21 years working in theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ellen Harrigan, Freddie Freeman, James Paxton, Jackie Robinson”