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? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I hope Toronto Blue Jays fans savored their opportunity to watch Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw make his first career start at Rogers Centre yesterday, even if he wasn’t at his most dominant. When all is said and done, Kershaw will be considered theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I won’t pretend that I really know Chris Colabello, but I do know this, in 29 years of going to spring training in Dunedin and attending Toronto Blue Jays games, I’ve never met a kinder, more generous player. I’ve told this story before, but inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just how good has Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) been in his first 10 big league seasons? His career WAR – an all-encompassing statistic that measures the numbers of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to their team aboveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay”

But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On a New York Mets broadcast in 1988, Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “On this Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all you fathers out here a Happy Birthday.” So to paraphrase Kiner, Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John McDonald, Tom Henke, Alex Rodriguez”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Before he even threw a pitch in a spring training game for the Colorado Rockies, Canadian reliever John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) was added to the club’s 40-man roster on Monday. The move means that the 6-foot-5 right-hander, who had signed a minor leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Ryan Dempster, John Axford

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For Blue Jay fans lamenting the fact that Melky Cabrera has reportedly signed a three-year, $42-million contract with the Chicago White Sox, consider this, Cabrera’s 2014 WAR (an all-encompassing statistic that measures the number of wins (taking into account both offensive and defensive contributions)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Ryan Dempster, John Axford”

But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Sudbury, Ont., native Farhan Zaidi was named the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers last week to become the sixth Canadian to be named a big league GM. The others are George Selkirk (Huntsville, Ont., Washington Senators, 1964 to 1969), Murray Cook (Sackville,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Adam Loewen, Jim Adduci

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – It’s become an annual tradition on this blog to pay tribute to “Luscious Luke” Easter on Easter. A hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the Cleveland Indians on August 11, 1949, Easter wasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Adam Loewen, Jim Adduci”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Henderson, Jamie Romak, Eddie Erautt

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – This column is dedicated to the memory of Bob Crawford, the father of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations, Scott Crawford, who passed away last week at the age of 65. BobContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Henderson, Jamie Romak, Eddie Erautt”