But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s Grey Cup Sunday and today I’m thinking about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim McKean. Most remember the Montreal native as a highly respected major league umpire for 28 years. But prior to his umpiring career, he played in the CFL andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It seems like a good omen that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be interviewing Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for their manager’s job this week (according to Jon Heyman of The MLB Network). After all, the last Canuck to be a full-time big league managerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday at 9 a.m. E.T. I will publish the Hall’s press release on this site. The new inductees will be honoured in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When the Toronto Blue Jays called up Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) on Friday, it topped off a great week for Canadians in the majors (Keep reading below for more Canadian highlights). The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Canadian to appear in a major leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Friday would’ve been New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle’s 86th Birthday. In 1951, Mantle’s rookie season, the 19-year-old outfielder was slumping badly when the Yankees demoted him to the triple-A Kansas City Blues in mid-July. The Blues were managed by Huntsville, Ont., native andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Andrew Albers, Larry Walker, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I think I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton with all of my Cy Young talk about him last week. The Seattle Mariners lefty exited his start in the seventh inning on Thursday with a left pectoral muscle strain. He was placed on theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Andrew Albers, Larry Walker, Joey Votto”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame set to induct 2017 class on Saturday

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – Two dominant ex-major leaguers, two trailblazing, grassroots leaders and a gold medal-winning national team will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 24. Ex-Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and former Montreal Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero will be honoured inContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame set to induct 2017 class on Saturday”