But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Morrow, Rogers Sportsnet

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Some baseball pundits are endorsing Cito Gaston as a manager of the year candidate. I have to say that, despite employing strategies that baffle and flabbergast, Gaston has the Jays playing much better than I expected. I was one of those people thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Morrow, Rogers Sportsnet”

Steve Carlton is the most famous Winnipeg Goldeye

Before he won 329 big league games, four Cy Young Awards and a World Series ring, Steve Carlton made 12 starts for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1964. At that time, the club was the Northern League Class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. While in Manitoba, the 19-year-old southpaw would register four wins and aContinue reading “Steve Carlton is the most famous Winnipeg Goldeye”

But What Do I Know? … Adam Lind, Fred Lewis, Roberto Alomar, Travis Snider

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Two words that Adam Lind has grown to dread are high fastball. He just can’t seem to lay off the high heat. I remember reading a story of how Branch Rickey sent a young Duke Snider to the minors and made him standContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Adam Lind, Fred Lewis, Roberto Alomar, Travis Snider”

Latest accusations will hurt Roberto Alomar’s Cooperstown chances

The photo most often published of Roberto Alomar from his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past June shows the former all-star’s beautiful wife, Maria, holding his hand and looking adoringly at him. Here’s a link to the photo: http://is.gd/ebun5 But if the allegations levied against Alomar last week prove to be true,Continue reading “Latest accusations will hurt Roberto Alomar’s Cooperstown chances”

But What Do I Know? … A-Rod, Travis Snider, Brian Tallet, Montreal Expos

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Every time A-Rod plays against the Jays, I can’t help but think that he – with the aid of performance enhancing drugs – robbed Carlos Delgado of the 2003 American League MVP Award. In what I consider to be the best individual seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … A-Rod, Travis Snider, Brian Tallet, Montreal Expos”

Dave McKay: The first Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays

In 2008, I had the opportunity to interview Vancouver, B.C., native Dave McKay. He was the only Canadian in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup in their first game on that snowy day on April 7, 1977. McKay would later play for the Oakland A’s and has now served on Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff for closeContinue reading “Dave McKay: The first Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays”

Second worst trade in Toronto Blue Jays history

Say what you want about J.P. Ricciardi, he certainly made some questionable moves during his tenure as the Jays’ general manager, but the fast-talking Massachusetts native wasn’t the author of the two worst trades in franchise history. He didn’t ship Michael Young and David Cone out of Toronto for Esteban Loaiza and the equivalent ofContinue reading “Second worst trade in Toronto Blue Jays history”

But What Do I Know? … Scott Downs, David Purcey, Andre Dawson, Jose Bautista

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  If Scott Downs is dealt as he’s expected to be, that means David Purcey becomes the Jays’ go-to southpaw out of the pen. If this is the case, Cito Gaston will have to take the kid gloves off the former first rounder. Sure,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Scott Downs, David Purcey, Andre Dawson, Jose Bautista”

Carlos Delgado should retire as a Blue Jay

As I read about Geoff Jenkins signing a one-day, one-dollar contract to retire as a Milwaukee Brewer on July 9, it got me thinking about Carlos Delgado. The Jays’ all-time home run leader has not played a big league game since May 10, 2009, and after enduring his second hip surgery in less than aContinue reading “Carlos Delgado should retire as a Blue Jay”

But What Do I Know? … Shaun Marcum, Alex Anthopoulos, Bob Elliott

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  The Fan 590 is now offering Jays fans the opportunity to interact with the sometimes acerbic, Jays Talk host Mike Wilner during the game through an instant messaging platform. Last night, I asked Wilner why Jays fans seem to rip Edwin Encarnacion forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Shaun Marcum, Alex Anthopoulos, Bob Elliott”