Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pete Ward passes away at 84

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Chicago White Sox third baseman and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pete Ward has passed away at the age of 84. White Sox reporter James Fegan, of The Athletic Chicago, shared the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Ward died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday... Continue Reading →

He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He may have been the most important hitting coach in Montreal Expos history. Yet, even some of the most diehard Expos fans probably won't remember Mickey Vernon's tenure as the club's batting instructor. When the two-time American League batting champion took over as the team's hitting coach under manager... Continue Reading →

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Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos hitting coach Billy DeMars passed away on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95. DeMars was the popular hitting coach of the Expos from 1982 to 1984. He also served as the club's third base coach in 1982 and 1983. Born in Brooklyn in... Continue Reading →

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

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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, it... Continue Reading →

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

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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/loss... Continue Reading →

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

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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 →

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

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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 →

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

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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 victory... Continue Reading →

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