But What Do I Know? . . . Aaron Sanchez, Dave Stieb, Casey Janssen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: For the time being Aaron Sanchez will be part of a six-man starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays to keep his innings count down and preserve his arm for the future. But just how much have times changed when it comes to safeguarding youngContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Aaron Sanchez, Dave Stieb, Casey Janssen”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season withContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger”

Bell and Raines to headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2013

Rob Ducey, Tom Cheek and Nat Bailey will also be honoured in a ceremony to take place at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 29 on the museum’s ceremonial grounds in St. Marys Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – While George Bell was belting 47 home runs en route to the American League MVPContinue reading “Bell and Raines to headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2013”

But What Do I Know? … R.A. Dickey, Tim Raines, Alan Ashby

My weekly observations about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  With the acquisition of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has acquired the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner (Dickey), the player with the NL’s highest batting average in 2012 (Melky Cabrera, .346) and the 2011Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … R.A. Dickey, Tim Raines, Alan Ashby”

But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Chris Carpenter, Champ Summers

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Scott Crawford, director of operations at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., is excellent at pointing out the milestones of Canadian players. On Friday evening, Montreal native Russell Martin played in his 29thContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Chris Carpenter, Champ Summers”

Canadian Free Agents – Jeff Francis

Vancouver, B.C. native Jeff Francis became a free agent last Wednesday when the Colorado Rockies declined to exercise his $7-million option for 2011. Plagued by shoulder woes for the past two seasons, the Canuck southpaw, whose 55 career victories make him the winningest left-hander in Rockies history, is hoping to stay in Denver. MLB TradeContinue reading “Canadian Free Agents – Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? … John Buck, Kevin Gregg, Sparky Anderson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  All this talk about John Buck striking it rich on the free-agent market with a multi-year deal seems far-fetched. Sure, the Jays catcher hit 20 homers this year, but he’s a .243 career hitter who’s average defensively. I appreciate that he had aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … John Buck, Kevin Gregg, Sparky Anderson”

Some Canadian links to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

There were no Canadian players on the World Champion San Francisco Giants, but with a little digging, I uncovered that several members of the organization have links to The Great White North:  Jeff Mallett, a principal owner of the Giants, was born in Vancouver. The former Yahoo! president has been part of the GiantsContinue reading “Some Canadian links to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants”

Brooks Robinson’s career almost ended in Vancouver

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 268 homers and was a two-time World Series champion (1966 and 1970). For his efforts, the gregarious Arkansas native was elected to the National BaseballContinue reading “Brooks Robinson’s career almost ended in Vancouver”

Bob Alexander: A British Columbia pitching pioneer

In recent years, British Columbia has become a hotbed for baseball talent. Current major leaguers Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC), Jason Bay (Trail, BC), Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC), Rich Harden (Victoria, BC), Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) and Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver, BC) all hail from Canada’s western-most province. But 55 years ago, Bob AlexanderContinue reading “Bob Alexander: A British Columbia pitching pioneer”