Highlights / Richard Griffin


At long last love: Larry Walker’s going to the Baseball Hall of Fame

As usual, he was right on the edge, but in the end he prevailed–pretty much like he always did on a baseball field. Walker becomes the first position player from Canada ever to be elected to the Hall and the »

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How come fans and athletes don’t mesh like they used to: a primer

A couple of weeks ago, I was more than a bit taken aback by a incident in Indianapolis, Indiana during a National Football League exhibition game. Andrew Luck, the hometown Colts quarterback, his body wounded deeply by multiple injuries, announced »

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Remembering the day it all started to go bad for Montreal baseball fans

Twenty-five years ago Monday, Aug. 12, 1994, the Montreal Expos appeared to be bound for that fall’s World Series, Major League Baseball’s ode to glory, the reason why players play and fans go to games. For those who may have »

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Whither the 2019 Blue Jays? Pondering the possibilities…

The Blue Jays open their 2019 season Thursday afternoon in Toronto. Hopes are high, of course. That’s the nature of the game. Everybody’s even on Opening Day, they say (forgetting, as we must this year, that two games have already »

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Distant replay: Remembering the Montreal Expos with tears and laughter

There was a ceremony at City Hall on Monday. It was all about celebrating that moment 50 years ago when the Expos joined Major League Baseball–50 years since they began breaking our hearts in a million pieces. In all the »

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New Blue Jays manager has his hands full but says he’s ready

Baseball, it sometimes appears, never sleeps. The World Series ended Sunday night in Los Angles. Less than a day later, the Toronto Blue Jays were introducing their new manager, Charlie Montoyo, to the media. Montoyo takes over field management of »

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Talking baseball–the good, the bad and the ugly–during a summer to forget

For Canadians who love Major League Baseball, it’s been a summer to forget. The Toronto Blue Jays have been terrible. And since the Montreal Expos departed for Washington D.C. in 2005, the Jays are the only big league game in »


An early report from Jays’ spring training–a little bit of good, a little bit of bad

The Toronto Blue Jays opened their Grapefruit League schedule Friday in Florida. In most years, that might prompt some poetic waxing about the joys of spring training that will lead to pennant fever. This year: not so much. Looking back »

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Blue Jays’ struggles are turning Canadian fans’ dreams to ashes

It’s never good when things go bad, certainly in baseball. Let’s begin with the game itself, deadened this season by a record-setting influx of home runs–exciting when a game is on the line in the late innings, pretty much a »

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Pitching, not slugging, will mark the Blue Jays’ bid to make the 2017 post-season

This time next week Canada’s only major league baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, will be in Montreal to complete their 2017 Spring Training schedule with two exhibition games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Edward Encarnacion, left, is gone, but long-time »