But What Do I Know? … Brandon Morrow, Paul Beeston, Johnny Mac, Jays Managerial Candidates

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I understand the Jays’ decision to shut down Brandon Morrow, but boy baseball has changed over the last 20 years. Making an announcement that you’re shutting down your most dominant pitcher after his first start in September equates to Blue Jays management wavingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Brandon Morrow, Paul Beeston, Johnny Mac, Jays Managerial Candidates”

But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Matt Stairs, Rich Harden

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I’m a big fan of Toronto Star hockey writer Damien Cox. He’s one of the best hockey writers in the business, but for him to speculate in a blog entry that Jose Bautista might be using steroids is irresponsible journalism. It taints Bautista’sContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Matt Stairs, Rich Harden”

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”