Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame unveils diverse 2016 inductee class

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – It’s one of the most diverse inductee classes in the 33-year history of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Ex-Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Pat Hentgen and former Montreal Expos hurler Dennis Martinez will be inducted in a ceremony on June 18 in St. Marys,Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame unveils diverse 2016 inductee class”

But What Do I Know? . . . Matt Stairs, Tyson Gillies, Jackie Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With this year’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the books, I’ve started to look ahead to 2015. Next year will be Fredericton, N.B., native Matt Stairs’ first year of eligibility and the Canuck slugger, who belted 265 career homers (second-most byContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Matt Stairs, Tyson Gillies, Jackie Robinson”

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”

But What Do I Know? … Greg Halman, Brett Lawrie, Brian Schneider

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  It has been a sad couple of days for Mariners scout Wayne Norton, who’s from Port Moody, B.C. He scouted and signed outfielder Greg Halman who was stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands early Monday morning. TheContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Greg Halman, Brett Lawrie, Brian Schneider”