Daily Distractions: The Dodgers return to Canada.

Dave Roberts

Who can forget all those memorable Dodgers-Expos battles over the years? Certainly not Dave Roberts and Brian Schneider. (Associated Press)

The Dodgers play the Toronto Blue Jays today at the Rogers Centre. Here’s a brief history of Dodgers in Canada:

1. From 1939-60, the Montreal Royals are the primary minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, churning out such notable talents as Jackie Robinson, Tommy Lasorda (then a pitcher) and Walter Alston (then a manager).

2. The Dodgers beat the Expos 5-3 in Montreal on May 27, 1969 in the Dodgers’ first regular-season game ever played in Canada.

3. Don Drysdale is found dead at his hotel room in Montreal on July 3, 1993, the same day he was scheduled to broadcast a Dodgers-Expos game.

4. Raul Mondesi is traded to Toronto for Shawn Green, Nov. 8, 1999.

5. June 8, 2007: The Dodgers beat the Blue Jays 4-3. The game features Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez for the Dodgers; Matt Stairs, Frank Thomas and Troy Glaus and Royce Clayton for the Blue Jays. Stunning that they were all still productive major-league hitters in 2007.

Today’s game will be just the 13th ever between the teams.

Some bullet points for a Monday morning:

Continue reading

Report: Tim Wallach a candidate in Toronto.

Always a candidate, never a manager, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach’s name has surfaced in another report over a managerial vacancy. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun wrote on his Twitter account that Wallach will interview for the Blue Jays’ vacant manager position.

Wallach recently interviewed for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job, which ultimately went to incumbent Toronto manager John Farrell. That opened yet another vacancy in Toronto.

There’s an interesting wrinkle to the Wallach-Toronto courtship. Wallach wasn’t interviewed two years ago when the Blue Jays needed to hire a replacement for Cito Gaston (the job that ultimately went to Farrell) but Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca reports that we shouldn’t look too much into that:

Continue reading