But What Do I Know? . . . Jesen Therrien, Andrew Albers, David Cone, Bob Lemon

Photo Credit: Baseball Quebec (Twitter) My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Philadelphia Phillies reliever and Montreal native Jesen Therrien wins our unofficial award for best Canadian nickname on Players Weekend. The back of the 6-foot-2 right-hander’s jersey (see above) says “MTL-NORD” – a tribute to his home city. Unfortunately, itContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jesen Therrien, Andrew Albers, David Cone, Bob Lemon”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Left-handers David Price and J.A. Happ have both made 21 starts since last season’s trade deadline, so let’s compare their statistics: Price: 136-2/3 innings pitched, 16-2 won/loss record, 3.69 ERA, 2.2 WAR. His salary for 2016 is $30 million. Happ: 128 innings pitched, 13-4 won/lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish”

But What Do I Know? . . . Colby Rasmus, Kevin Pillar, Russell Martin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just when I wake up feeling everything is right in the sports world, I find out that Tie Domi has a best-selling book and Colby Rasmus will make $15.8 million in 2016. • Kevin Pillar’s Gold Glove snub makes me think that it’s timeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Colby Rasmus, Kevin Pillar, Russell Martin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Jack Graney

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) continues to showcase his tremendous throwing abilities. He has now nabbed 31 of 70 runners that have attempted to steal off of him this season. This gives him a major league-best 44 per cent caught-stealing percentage.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Jack Graney”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Justin Morneau, Frank Torre

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras replaced Josh Thole in the seventh inning in last Wednesday’s game, he became the second Canadian to catch for the Toronto Blue Jays. The first was Vancouver-born Mike Nickeas who saw action in one game last season. •Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Justin Morneau, Frank Torre”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey became the second Canadian to record an RBI in their first at bat with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 21-year-old outfielder’s ground out to first base plated Anthony Gose in the eighth inning in the Blue Jays’ 11-1 victoryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dave McKay, Mark Teahen, James Paxton”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa used to be a Mountie. No, not that kind of Mountie, although the legendary skipper, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, does have a law degree. What we’re referring to, however, is La Russa’s 1968 season with the Oakland A’s Triple-A Vancouver Mounties. TheContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tony La Russa”

Joe Nossek recalls special night in Vancouver in 1968

As a rookie with the Minnesota Twins in 1965, he played alongside Harmon Killebrew and registered hits off of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale in the World Series. Later as a coach, he helped restrain George Brett in the infamous pine tar game, was one of the first to shake Hank Aaron’s hand after theContinue reading “Joe Nossek recalls special night in Vancouver in 1968”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Brooks Robinson

The following is a short piece that I wrote in 2010 about Robinson’s tenure with the Vancouver Mounties. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He’s widely considered the best third baseman ever. From 1955 to 1977 with the Baltimore Orioles, Brooks Robinson was named to 18 all-star teams, won 16 Gold Glove awards, slammed 268Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Brooks Robinson”

But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering

Some Canadian baseball stories from the past week (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond has jumped out to a commanding lead in the online voting for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The Minnesota Twins lefty, who won 12 games and posted a 3.54 ERA thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering”