But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Mike Soroka, Abraham Toro, Vernon Wells

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) injured the middle finger on his throwing hand in the eighth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. After retiring the first two batters he faced,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Mike Soroka, Abraham Toro, Vernon Wells”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When is the last time you heard someone discuss the “Fenway Park effect” when evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. And while people continually bring up Coors Field when debating whether Canadian Larry Walker (MapleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Andre Dawson, Paul Spoljaric, Joey Votto

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto reached two more statistical milestones this week. On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds slugger scored his 100th run of the season. This marks the fifth time he has tallied 100 runs in a major league season, tying him withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Andre Dawson, Paul Spoljaric, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In July, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced it would be revamping its Veterans Committee voting so that separate committees will now examine overlooked candidates from four different eras: Today’s Game (1988 to 2016), Modern Baseball (1970 to 1987), Golden Days (1950 to 1960)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Roy Halladay, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With every exhibition game in Montreal, I seem to get more sentimental. But this year’s festivities had a deeper meaning for those of us involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., because Jim Fanning was honoured prior to Saturday’s game.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Fanning, Roy Halladay, Steve Rogers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Jose Bautista

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The Montreal Expos will be well represented in Cooperstown today as the National Baseball Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2015. Expos Nation, a passionate group of fans who are pushing for Major League Baseball’s return to Montreal, packed a bus that leftContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Jose Bautista”

But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • New Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been traded twice during his big league career and both times it was for a Canadian. The Blue Jays, of course, acquired him from the Oakland A’s on Friday for a package highlighted by BrettContinue reading “But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Baseball lifer Vern Benson passed away on Monday at the age of 89. The North Carolina native’s 15-year playing career included stops with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946 and the Class-C Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1956 and 1957. He alsoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken”

But What Do I Know? … Brett Lawrie, Kelly Johnson, Gil Heredia

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – With his struggles at the plate this season, Brett Lawrie definitely isn’t leading the Toronto Blue Jays in OPS (On-base percentage + slugging percentage). He does, however, top the Jays in OAS (Obscenities After Swings).Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Brett Lawrie, Kelly Johnson, Gil Heredia”

But What Do I Know? … Luke Easter, Andre Dawson, Shannon Stewart

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Today seems like an appropriate day to remember “Luscious Luke” Easter, a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the Cleveland Indians onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Luke Easter, Andre Dawson, Shannon Stewart”