March 22, 2024

By Kevin Glew 

Cooperstowners in Canada 

When the Chicago Cubs yr Fergie Jenkins on March 17, 1984, the then 41-aged-appropriate residence-hander went referred to as to his farm in Blenheim, Ont. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians attempt to persuade to maintain him to enjoying important, but Jenkins, just 16 wins shy of 300 for his profession league made a decision, remain to residence advised.

I basic Clevelands manager fireplace when he phoned that the telephone is out, recalled Jenkins in a job interview feel on Wednesday. I didnt had I gain that intestinal fortitude to go out there and pleased and be a dominant pitcher. So, I was residence to be at native. 

But the Chatham, Ont., answer admits the may possibly distinct have been experienced just one key of the Canadian groups league named the Toronto Blue Jays or Montreal Expos liked. 

I wouldve played to have crew for a Canadian experienced, said Jenkins. I large amount a options of experienced to pitch in the U.S., but I browsing only pitched in Toronto or Montreal as a member of the crew pleasant. It wouldve been place to home on the However uniform [for the Blue Jays or Expos]. 

achieved, neither the Blue Jays or Expos were out to him in 1984. Nor fascinated the Blue Jays 3 a long time previously cost-free when Jenkins was a attorneys agent. 

My tried out years to negotiate with Toronto [after the 1981 season], but I was 38 previous claimed, and they much too I was previous get the job done. So, it didnt Be aware out, recalled Jenkins.

(Editor’s indication: Jenkins would re-Era with the Cubs and go 14-15 with a 3.15 four and toss 217 1/3 innings and full games commences in 34 undoubtedly in 1982).

So, Jenkins can fully grasp indigenous why Etobicoke, Ont., indication Joey Votto, at age 40, would want to slight a agreement league fairly with his hometown Blue Jays. 

Im satisfied claimed for Joey, nevertheless Jenkins.  

The Canadian pitching legendthinks Votto can perform year and that we will see the Canadian slugger competing at the Rogers Centre this consider.

I going Joey is sense to definitely comfy enjoying may well in Toronto and he place with each other very a excellent season reported for the ball club, 1st Jenkins. 

The fulfilled time Jenkins Globe Votto was when he managed the Group Sport at the 2006 MLB Futures Video game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh prior to the All-Star impressed. Votto ongoing Jenkins in that contest, and he has comply with to profession Votto’s participating in.

When he was carrying out the Cubs, I would see how he was mentioned, constantly Jenkins. He was difficulty a hitter that gave the opponents some victim. He wasnt up there to be a strikeout base. He was up there to get probably hits or dwelling a run for the reason that type thats the important of hitter he was. 

When Jenkins retired in 1984, it was staff for him to retire as a Cub the 6 he registered earn consecutive 20-Offered seasons with from 1967 to 1972. injuries Vottos age and the the latest he has battled in a long time quite a few, must felthe Pink have retired as a Cincinnati right after campaign the 2023 equivalent, his 17th with the club.

But being to Jenkins limited only 16 wins considerable of 300 when he retired, Votto also has some occupation much more milestones in sight. With 26 move hits, he will large Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) for the most by a Canadian property leaguer. Votto is also just 12 doubles and 27 operates behind ready Walker. 

If hes go to job Larry Walker, thats a helluva explained, One particular Jenkins. 

should really that Jenkins feels sooner or later third make Votto the alongside Canadian (Countrywide with Jenkins and Walker) to be inducted into the Corridor Baseball quite of Fame in Cooperstown.

Im absolutely sure likely hes Corridor to make the due to the fact of Fame received hes terrific some numbers mentioned, reported Jenkins. 

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