Archive for January 2016

Scribbled Thoughts: The Jumble Edition

January 21, 2016

As usual, my mind is all over the place. Please bare with me.

In the summer of 2012, my friend and I went on a baseball road trip. We visited Cleveland, Pittsburgh and then made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown. I must have taken hundreds of photos inside the Baseball Hall of Fame. This was one of them:

PEDs notice at Baseball Hall of Fame

I don’t know if this sign is still displayed. But given the recent announcement of the 2016 induction class and the subsequent debate about certain players and PED use, I wanted to share it with you.

I have no interest, nor the energy to add my two cents to the topic. It’s a complicated and conflicting mess. But every time I look at this photo, I wonder if the Hall of Fame is/was preparing a path for players like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds in case they were ever inducted. It’s a way of saying that players like Clemens and Bonds are Hall of Famers, but given their alleged use of PEDs, one should take their accomplishments with a “grain of salt.”

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I started having visions of Yoenis Cespedes wearing a Jays uniform last week. They increased after CJ Nitkowski suggested Toronto as a possible destination for the Cuban outfielder on MLB Network Radio.

It seems crazy, but why not flip Dalton Pompey or another young player for some pitching help and then sign Cespedes? Think of the bat and that cannon of an arm.

And yes, I will seek help if the visions continue 😉

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I caught Dean Blundell and Jon Morosi discussing Josh Donaldson’s arbitration case a couple of days ago. Both felt this “issue” could damage the AL MVP’s relationship with the Blue Jays’ front office, negatively affecting any chances for a possible long-term deal.

They may have a point or they were fear-mongering. Either way, it stressed the hell out of me.

Regardless of the outcome of the arbitration case, Donaldson will earn over $11 million this season, as some articles have noted. That’s a lot more than what I (maybe you too) will bring in this year. So do we really need to make a big deal about this? Isn’t this nothing more than the business of baseball? Will Josh really get pissed about this (I’d like to think not)? Isn’t this more about Donaldson’s agents simply looking out for their client? Would their be the same reaction to this story if AA was still the GM?

Maybe I should stop fanning the flames.

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I’ve read and listened to a lot of comments about the Blue Jays since game six of the ALCS. Sometimes, I can’t tell if they won the AL East or finished last.

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There’s something about Aaron Sanchez that caught my attention when he was in town for the Winter Tour. Maybe it was the confidence or the additional 25 pounds. But after watching him, I have this feeling he’s going to blossom this year. Perhaps he’ll surprise us in 2016; the same way Pillar, Osuna and Estrada did in 2015. And just imagine – for a moment – what it will be like if both Sanchez and Marcus Stroman excel to a higher level. Who needs David Price, am I right??? 😉

Meanwhile, I’d love to know what Aaron’s diet was like in the offseason. When I heard about the 25 pounds, I was intrigued and hungry.

ER

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How Drew you do, Mr. Storen?

January 9, 2016

Just like his predecessor, Mr. Atkins decided to disturb the calmness of my Friday night with a trade. But hey, I’m not bitter. Not bitter at all.

Anyway….onto the scribbled thoughts:

Drew Storen is a solid late-inning reliever, who goes along nicely with Brett Cecil and Roberto Osuna. He’s also an insurance policy in case – Baseball Gods forbid – Osuna suffers second year setbacks. My only concern is his transition to the American League. Fortunately, Storen has a 3.19 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 40 interleague games, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Sorry to see Ben Revere go, but as everyone on this planet has pointed out, there’s plenty of depth in the Jays’ outfield. He was a terrific leadoff hitter with great speed. He was also a much better left fielder than some of the other players that played the position in 2015.

My favourite Revere moment was the Spider Man catch in Texas during the regular season.

Overall, I like the trade. Atkins used a surplus from one area and put it towards an area that needed attention.

ER

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