But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who has been named the first baseman on The Sporting News MLB All-Decade Team. He joins Robinson Cano (second base), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Adrian Beltre (third base) and Buster Posey (catcher) to form theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It appears I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton when I said he’d likely be named to the American League All-Star team in last week’s column. Not only was he not named to the All-Star team, he has also landed on the 10-day disabledContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Vladimir Guerrero, Joey Votto, Gladwyn Scott

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As anticipated Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame when the voting results were announced on Wednesday. The Canadian slugger’s name was checked on 34.1 per cent of writers’ ballots, which represented a 12.2 perContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Vladimir Guerrero, Joey Votto, Gladwyn Scott”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Tim Wallach, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Congratulations to Vancouver, B.C., native and ex-Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond for helping the EDA Rhinos capture the Taiwan Series championship yesterday. The 37-year-old right-hander won nine games and hurled 152-2/3 innings for the Chinese Professional Baseball League club and was named the league’sContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Tim Wallach, Joey Votto”

Ex-Expos and Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Balor Moore

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Balor Moore says he pitched in so many Canadian cities during his professional baseball career that he’s likely eligible to receive monthly social security payments from Canada. “It wouldn’t be big money, but it would pay for my golf,” joked the now 65-year-old Texas native, who not only toedContinue reading “Ex-Expos and Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Balor Moore”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As excited as I was when Jose Bautista hit his three-run, bat flip home run in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series, I was almost equally disappointed to watch Bautista’s performance in the media scrum after yesterday’s lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, John Hiller, Brett Cecil

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is on pace to post a 9.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) this season. WAR is an all-encompassing statistic that measures the number of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to theirContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, John Hiller, Brett Cecil”

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”

2011 World Series: Texas Rangers have Canadian links

While no Canadian players will be competing in this year’s World Series, there are a number of players and coaches that have spent parts of their careers in the Great White North. Here’s a list of the links that Texas Rangers players and coaches have with Canada: Toronto Blue Jays Links Michael Young, DH, selectedContinue reading “2011 World Series: Texas Rangers have Canadian links”

2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of links to Canada

While no Canadian players will be competing in this year’s World Series, there are a number of players and coaches that have spent parts of their careers in the Great White North. Here’s a list of the links that St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches have with Canada (A list with Texas Rangers Canadian linksContinue reading “2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of links to Canada”