But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Just a reminder that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., opened its doors for the season yesterday. It’s well worth a visit. For more information about its hours and its COVID-19 safety precautions, pleaseContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward”

Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott

  This excerpt from If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Blue Jays is printed with the permission of Triumph Books. For more information and to order a copy, please visit Indigo, McNally Robinson, Amazon.ca, or http://www.triumphbooks.com/WallsBlueJays. 1999 – The Shawn Green trade: A behind-the-scenes timeline By Bob Elliott A month after the 1999 season ended,Continue reading “Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was sorry to learn that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Graney’s daughter Margot (Graney) Mudd passed away in Plantation, Fla., on Friday at the age of 98 after a battle with influenza. I had the privilege of speaking to Margot aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts for the Atlanta Braves duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Dasan Brown, Fergie Jenkins, George Bell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, James Paxton, Dennis Martinez, Tip O’Neill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Port Hope, Ont., native Cal Quantrill has been very effective in his new role as a swingman on the San Diego Padres pitching staff. After picking up a win in his start against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, he has allowed just oneContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, James Paxton, Dennis Martinez, Tip O’Neill”

But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Easter! It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when heContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . Luke Easter, Joey Votto, James Paxton, Mike Soroka”

But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I have to think that Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton will be named to his first All-Star team when the American League roster is unveiled on Sunday (UPDATE: He was not named to the roster). The Canadian lefty boasts an 8-3 record and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For the first time, I’m starting to feel like there is hope that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker will one day be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker indicates that the Canadian slugger has gainedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Tony Fernandez, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: One of my favourite spring training stories so far this year is that according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Toronto Blue Jays players have taken to calling minor league instructor Tim Raines “HOF” – as in “Hall of Fame.” The Montreal Expos legend was elected toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber, Eric Gagne”