But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jim Clancy, Pete Orr, Roy Howell

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: So far so good for Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines in the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that have been made public, we know that Raines has been named on 50 of 56Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jim Clancy, Pete Orr, Roy Howell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year contract extension on Saturday. The question many Blue Jays fans are asking is why? Though the payout is relatively modest by today’s standards ($4.125 million per season in 2017 and 2018 and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Rube Waddell

He was born on Friday the 13th and he died on April Fools’ Day. That somehow seems fitting for Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell, who was one of baseball’s most colourful and impulsive characters, not to mention the American League’s top left-handed pitcher during the first decade of the 20th century. In parts ofContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Rube Waddell”

Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal

When Tony Gwynn slashed a single into centre field in the first inning on August 6, 1999 at Olympic Stadium, he became the first player to register their 3,000th big league hit outside of the United States. Numbering just 13,540, the small but boisterous Montreal crowd rewarded the eight-time batting champ with a lengthy standingContinue reading “Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to enshrine Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada

*Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca **Please note this is part 1 of a two-part post. The original face of the Montreal Expos, the current mastermind of the Milwaukee Brewers, the legendary left-hander from Moncton, N.B. and the reigning gold medalists from the 2011 Pan Am Games will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame atContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to enshrine Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada”

Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown

With Pat Gillick being elected by the Veterans Committee, Roberto Alomar likely to be voted in by the writers and longtime Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne to receive the Ford C. Frick Award, the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have a distinctly Canadian flavor. In his first year on the ballot,Continue reading “Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown”