But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Cox

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         What team had the most hits in an inning off Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) this spring? The answer is the Canadian Junior National Team (JNT), a squad he once honed his skills with. Ontario Blue Jays outfielder David Calabrese (Maple,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Cox”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories. ·         The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. The MLB Network’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. E.T. My guess is that Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina will be elected. All are doing well onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, John Axford, Paul Beeston, Chris Mears”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canada Day Edition – Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Dave Pagan

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On July 1, 1969, the Montreal Expos defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-4 in front of 19,858 fans at Jarry Park in the first major league game played in Canada on Canada Day. Expos pitcher Steve Renko was the star of the contest, holding theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canada Day Edition – Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Dave Pagan”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When the Toronto Blue Jays called up Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) on Friday, it topped off a great week for Canadians in the majors (Keep reading below for more Canadian highlights). The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Canadian to appear in a major leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Take a bow, Don McDougall. It was 41 years ago today that the American League approved the sale of the Toronto expansion franchise to the Labatt Brewing Co. for an estimated $7 million. Part of McDougall’s mandate as president during the mid-’70s was to secureContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Don McDougall, John Gibbons, Cliff Floyd, Rob Zastryzny”

But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I hope Toronto Blue Jays fans savored their opportunity to watch Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw make his first career start at Rogers Centre yesterday, even if he wasn’t at his most dominant. When all is said and done, Kershaw will be considered theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Encarnacion, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Phillips, Larry Walker, Kyle Lotzkar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Tony Phillips, who was selected by the Montreal Expos with their first pick (10th overall) in the January 1978 Secondary Draft, passed away on Wednesday from a heart attack at the age of 56. Phillips spent parts of three seasons in the Expos organization,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Phillips, Larry Walker, Kyle Lotzkar”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jesse Barfield, Damaso Garcia, Pat Hentgen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield announced on Twitter on Monday that he’s 100 per cent cancer-free. The popular ex-Jay has not disclosed the type of cancer he was battling. Throughout his private battle, the 56-year-old Barfield remained active in baseball, participating inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jesse Barfield, Damaso Garcia, Pat Hentgen”

Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown

With Pat Gillick being elected by the Veterans Committee, Roberto Alomar likely to be voted in by the writers and longtime Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne to receive the Ford C. Frick Award, the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have a distinctly Canadian flavor. In his first year on the ballot,Continue reading “Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown”