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”

The 10th anniversary of the worst Blue Jays trade in franchise history

This is the story of how one Canadian big league general manager fleeced another Canadian general manager out of a player that would become one of the best infielders in Major League Baseball. Well, the story isn’t that simple. And Doug Melvin, a Chatham, Ont., native and then general manager of Texas Rangers, will admitContinue reading “The 10th anniversary of the worst Blue Jays trade in franchise history”

But What Do I Know? … Fred Lewis, Alex Gonzalez, Jose Canseco

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  In batting stance only, Jays outfielder Fred Lewis bears a striking resemblance to Devon White. Unfortunately, he leads the league in one of its more dubious, unofficial categories: brain cramps. So far, Lewis has done enough at the plate to offset his mentalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Fred Lewis, Alex Gonzalez, Jose Canseco”

Ripken the star of the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto

With three Blue Jays and two Expos participating and Fergie Jenkins throwing out the first pitch, the 1991 All-Star Game had a distinctly Canadian feel. Fittingly, the contest’s winning pitcher was Blue Jay Jimmy Key, while Expos hurler Dennis Martinez shouldered the loss in an exciting match-up in front of 52,383 fans at SkyDome onContinue reading “Ripken the star of the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto”