Monday, April 29, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
The International League, a Triple AAA minor professional league was the most successful. There were great teams Some are listed on the MiLB list of 100 top teams. The Toronto Maple Leaf team is listed five times.
It is no mystery as to who Jackie Robinson was sent to the Montreal Royal Triple AAA team to prepare him to join the Dodgers. Canadians can be proud to how the Robinson's were treated in Canada. Montreal embraced them and they lived for that difficult year in an atmosphere without the racism they experienced in the US. particularly in Florida, during the spring training. The Robinson's always spoke gratefully of their treatment in Montreal. Black players were not novel for the Royals team. They has had black players before, in fact there were two other black players on the team with Robinson.
There is a rich history of baseball in Canada. In particular, there is a history to learn about of wonderful black players who played on Canadian teams.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Finally, I enjoy learning about the Canadians that play in Major League baseball. Canada has a long history in baseball. Hockey so dominates our national psyche that we ignore other sports. There have been some great Canadian baseball players. I remember Ferguson Jenkins and more recently Larry Walker. Currently Joey Votto, from Toronto, is one of the best Major League players. The Toronto Blue Jays have almost always has one or two Canadian players. Brett Lawrie is the only one currently on the roster although there are a handful in the organization among its 7 affiliates. I am always disappointed that they have not had more at one time. After all these years and being the only Canadian based team, I would have thought they would have sought out and signed more players. They certainly do try to support baseball across the country. It would be nice if they had more farm teams in Canada. Currently they have the Vancouver Canadians at A level team. There is an effort in Ottawa to create a baseball team there at the double AA level and have it a Blue Jay Affiliate. Years ago, for a short while they had a rookie league team in St. Catherines. In Montreal there has been an empty spot in the spots culture there since the Montreal Expos, in the National League was relocated to Washington, DC.. There is considerable interest in baseball in Quebec where there are three team in the unaffiliated Can/Am Association League. If there is ever an expansion of Major League baseball I hope Canada might be considered and that the Blue Jays would welcome more teams.
This is my last baseball post until or at least when the Blue Jays get into the World Series.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Play Ball! Go Jays Go!
I am all excited. Major League Baseball begins today in Toronto with the Blue Jays playing the Cleveland Indians. This is a year of great hope and expectation. Could it be the beginning of a repeat of the 1992 and 1993 seasons when Toronto Blue Jays won back to back World Series?