In exactly one hour and two minutes, New York Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia will throw the first pitch of the 2011 Major League Baseball season to Detroit Tigers’ centerfielder Austin Jackson.

Yankee Stadium

Is there a better place for the Major League Baseball season to start than at Yankee Stadium? Not likely.

Simultaneously, at Nationals Park, Washington starter Livan Hernandez will do the same with Braves’ LF Martin Prado. And the MLB season will be underway. That means hope. That means excitement. And, to me, that simply means summer is here! (more…)

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If Alomar goes into Hall, so should Pete Rose

Being a Toronto Blue Jays’ fan, I should be happy that Robbie Alomar has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roberto Alomar

Roberto Alomar's athleticism at second base was second-to-none (Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT)

I am, but I have a problem with it. Alomar was, without a doubt, one of the best major league infielders of my lifetime. Second best I ever saw play in person. Ozzie Smith was the best. But I can’t get past Alomar’s spitting incident. Just can’t do it. (more…)

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Will Joey Votto be Canada’s last baseball MVP?

I am thrilled that Cincinnati Reds’ superstar – and Canadian – Joey Votto is the near-unanimous National League MVP for 2010.

Joey Votto

Reds' Canadian superstar Joey Votto is the NL MVP - but how many Canadians will follow in his footsteps?

But it also makes me a little sad. Sad because baseball interest in Canada is on the decline. It has been for several years. I understand that it’s a slow game and in a how-could-I-possibly-not-text-while-I’m-driving world, it doesn’t mesh with the pace of society. I don’t care. It’s an absolutely wonderful game. It’s the most tactical sport anywhere. And, if we’re not careful, Canadian guys like Joey Votto will cease to exist. (more…)

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I’m not sure, back when the MLB postseason began in early October, that many people would have tabbed the Giants and Rangers to meet in the 106th World Series.

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By the middle of next week, the Texas Rangers will be hoisting this - the world's most hideous trophy

But that’s what we have. While the pitching staffs have a big name or two, not many position players in this Fall Classic are household names outside their teams’ cities. And there is little doubt that the Texas Rangers will win their first-ever World Series. Here are three main reasons why. (more…)

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This past Saturday was the 17th anniversary of one of, if not THE, most exciting sports moments in the history of Canada – Joe Carter’s walk-off home run that won the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter has just hit the second walk-off home run in World Series history

I will never, ever forget Joe’s moment. His single swing of the bat made the Jays back-to-back world champions. That’s something only a handful of MLB teams have done before or since. It was a magical time for me and all Canadian baseball fans. (more…)

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