Doesn’t This Sound Familiar?

TORONTO (Nov. 2) — Early Thursday morning, in the Houston Chronicle, baseball writer Jake Kaplan penned the opening paragraphs to his lead story about the 2017 World Series champion: LOS ANGELES — Six years ago, Jeff Luhnow pitched Astros owner Read More

Leafs Look Bewildered

TORONTO (Oct. 31) — While watching the Maple Leafs get stunningly out–played by the San Jose Sharks in northern–California Monday night (the 3–2 final score did not reflect the lop–sided essence of the match), it occurred to me that the… Read More

Canada–USA Rivalry Dormant

TORONTO (Sep. 21) — For a time earlier in the millennium, it appeared as if Canada would have a hockey rival capable of usurping the Russians in parity and malice. The Salt Lake City (2002) and Vancouver (2010) Winter Olympics… Read More

Price Not Yet a Big–Gamer

TORONTO (Oct. 18) — A mistake by Ryan Goins and a bunch of people saying “… until the seventh inning.” Each will dominate reaction to Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Neither will hold much water. A championship–caliber… Read More

Russell Martin Was Almost Steve Smith

TORONTO (Oct. 15) — I’m not sure we can imagine the coming off–season for Russell Martin were he not part of the most explosive team in Major League Baseball. Perhaps only one man — currently an assistant coach with the… Read More

I’m Fine With Gibbons/Buehrle Decision

TORONTO (Oct. 5) — It turned out disastrously, but I have no issue at all with John Gibbons allowing Mark Buehrle to start on 1½–days rest in order to extend his career pattern of 200 innings pitched. The reason, to… Read More

Blue Jays Clinch — How It Looked on TV

TORONTO (Sep. 30) — Appropriately enough, the Toronto Blue Jays chose to avoid sneaking in through the back–door of the American League East. The highest–scoring team in Major League Baseball laid some whup–ass on the Baltimore Orioles in a 15–2… Read More

Blue Jays at the Crossroad

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 27) — Four days. Ninety–six hours. That’s all we have left to determine whether the Toronto Blue Jays will maintain a bright future beyond the current Major League season. The earmark for potential calamity is… Read More

Blue Jays Plight Cannot Be Addressed

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) — The success or failure of a business enterprise starts at the top. It always starts at the top. And, that’s why the Toronto Blue Jays are beyond salvation right now. The chief decision… Read More

Blue Jays, Leafs Providing Good Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – Other than baseball observers employed by Rogers Communications, there is universal concession that the Blue Jays have long been out of the playoff hunt in the American League. Understandably, Rogers people (not named… Read More

Blue Jays Now a Fantasy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 18) – Though disheartening for baseball fans across Canada, the plight of the Toronto Blue Jays is not a mystery. When you get hammered by teams ahead of you and cannot beat clubs beneath you,… Read More

Blue Jays Fail to Capitalize

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 3) – The baseball pundits were unanimous in their appraisal of the Blue Jays coming out of the All-Star break. Seventeen games against American League also-ran teams from July 18 to Aug. 3 would determine,… Read More

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 10) – Yes, indeed, disillusioned followers of the Toronto Maple Leafs: The sun did come up on Hump Day this week, roughly nine hours after the fat lady sang her last note in Tampa. In… Read More

Leafs Will Give Bruins Trouble

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) – So, the dream match-up didn’t happen after all. But, it may turn out to be just the tonic the Maple Leafs need. Perhaps the Leafs would have had an easier chore facing Montreal Read More
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