But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         “I’m not thinking about baseball right now, if I’m honest. I’m just trying to take it moment by moment and look after the people closest to me.” That’s what  Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) told Sridhar Pappu forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia”

But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Former Toronto Blue Jay Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) has told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi that he will play for the Canadian national team at the WSBC Premier12 Tournament beginning on November 2 and then retire to become a manager for the Atlanta Braves’ Rookie ballContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Yogi Berra, Mike Soroka, Chris Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms reading this! I’m fortunate that my mother, Glenyce Glew, is a wonderful, energetic, caring and supportive woman who has been dragged to enough baseball games over the years that she has become a Toronto Blue JaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Yogi Berra, Mike Soroka, Chris Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, John Axford, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finished his 19-year big league career with 284 wins pitching for non-playoff teams (Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox). I’ve often wondered how many more wins he could’ve accumulated if he had pitched for betterContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, John Axford, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been a great season for Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto, but the past two weeks have been particularly memorable. On June 28, he broke Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker’s record for most career walks by a Canadian when he notched his 914thContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez”

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”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies at 90

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams passed away on Monday in Baltimore, Md., just 12 days after celebrating his 90th birthday. Born in Toronto, Ont., on May 25, 1926, Williams was a multi-sport star at Toronto’s De La Salle College School, excelling in hockey, football, lacrosse andContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies at 90”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Gwynn, George Kottaras, Kirk McCaskill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When I was leafing through some old baseball cards, I stumbled upon a 1991 Upper Deck Tony Gwynn card (above). This card pictures Gwynn signing autographs at the SkyDome in Toronto prior to the 1991 all-star game. I can’t think of a better wayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Gwynn, George Kottaras, Kirk McCaskill”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – On September 5, 1914, a 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitching prospect stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning and belted a three-run home run off of Toronto Maple Leafs hurler Ellis Johnson at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island. Few thought muchContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • In case you missed it, Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday. The Canadian catcher was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth”