But What Do I Know? . . . Walter Gretzky, Rowan Wick, Jordan Romano, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Rest in peace to Canada’s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease and a number of other health issues. The senior Gretzky was also a big baseballContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Walter Gretzky, Rowan Wick, Jordan Romano, Joe Carter”

Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984, Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win a championship with both an American League and National League (Cincinnati 1975, 1976) club. But while most associate the fiery, white-haired skipper, who would’ve turned 87 today, with the Big RedContinue reading “Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto”

Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos hitting coach Billy DeMars passed away on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95. DeMars was the popular hitting coach of the Expos from 1982 to 1984. He also served as the club’s third base coach in 1982 and 1983. Born in Brooklyn inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If there’s a better guy in professional baseball than Scott Richmond, I haven’t met him. The Vancouver native is kind, thoughtful and inspiring and he recently told me that after 15 years in the pro ranks, he is retiring. However, like fellow B.C. native,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jeff Heath, George Selkirk, R.J. Swindle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka who has been named to the National League All-Star team. With his selection, he becomes the third Canadian to be named to the All-Star team in their rookie season, joining Jason Dickson (Miramichi, N.B.) in 1997 andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jeff Heath, George Selkirk, R.J. Swindle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         All of the presentations were outstanding at the third annual Canadian Baseball History Conference in London, Ont., on Saturday. Thank you to Andrew and Elena North for all that they do to put together this event and a special tip of the hat toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for leading the triple-A Memphis Redbirds to a Pacific Coast League championship for a second consecutive  season. The Redbirds defeated the Fresno Grizzlies on September 16 to capture the title. Clapp then led the Redbirds to 14-4Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Larry Walker, Vernon Wells, Charlie Gehringer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         My friends sometimes ask me who the nicest major league player I’ve ever met is. My answer has been New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau. He was an American League MVP, a home run derby champ, a team leader, a great representative for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Larry Walker, Vernon Wells, Charlie Gehringer”

But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Trei Cruz, Sparky Anderson, Andres Galarraga

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man whoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Trei Cruz, Sparky Anderson, Andres Galarraga”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Vladimir Guerrero, Tom Brady, Roberto Alomar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2017 induction class on Thursday. Longtime Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and former Montreal Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero will be inducted in a ceremony in St. Marys, Ont., on June 24, alongside long-serving Baseball Canada presidentContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Vladimir Guerrero, Tom Brady, Roberto Alomar”