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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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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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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Today marks Cito Gaston’s final home game as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cito Gaston

Since he first took over the Blue Jays' dugout in May 1989, Cito Gaston has amassed an 890-836 record in Toronto

It’s time to say goodbye to the only successful manager in the history of the Jays. He’s the only one who’s taken the team to a World Series – twice. Thus, he is the Jays’ only successful skipper. And, from the day he took over the dugout the first time, Gaston put the Jays on the path to winning. (more…)

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With 12 games remaining, the Toronto Blue Jays are about to wrap up their 34th season in baseball’s American League.

Rogers Centre

Over the last decade, the Blue Jays have never averaged more than 30,000 fans per game in any season

Right now, they sit two games above .500. Do you care? Have you cared at all this season? Based on the attendance this season at Rogers Centre, no one has cared. There have been plenty of things to care about – Jose Bautista’s charge for 50 home runs, catcher John Buck’s solid first season in Toronto, Kyle Drabek’s major league pitching debut, CF Vernon Wells’ resurgence and Cito Gaston’s farewell season in the dugout. But fans in Toronto don’t care. It’s a far cry from the good, old days. And it does not auger well for the future. (more…)

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