Posted tagged ‘2012’

First Round, 22nd Pick

September 17, 2018

Man on the radio,
I’m driving while the city sleeps.
Tell me about the new draft pick.

He’s from Medford and runs with a proverb:
Height doesn’t measure heart.
It gives him a chip on his shoulder and
the meaning of life.
His life.

Man on the radio,
What’s the kid’s story?

Imagine being told you’re too small.
He got angry and
worked to prove everyone wrong,
using a fastball, slider and confidence.

Man on the radio,
what does his future look like?

He will tear his anterior cruciate ligament, but recover faster than anyone else.
He will help his team to the promised land after a 22-year odyssey.
He will earn a degree and several playoff starts.
He will win gold for his country.
He will build a fashion empire and maintain a mansion.
He will have ups and downs.
He will face adversity and a recurring blister.
He will energize the fan base.

You might be turned off by his bravado,
but baseball isn’t fun without character.
His character.

Man on the radio,
How will it all end?

Let the story play out.
Let the story play out.

ER

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Padre Morrow

December 19, 2014

Upon learning that Brandon Morrow signed with the San Diego Padres, a feeling of sadness swept over me.

Not too long ago, Morrow was expected to be the ace of the rotation. It seemed that prophecy would come true, as long as he stayed healthy.

And there’s the keyword: Healthy.

When Morrow was healthy, he was phenomenal. But when he was playing hurt or spending time on the DL, he was ineffective. This ineffectiveness is what ultimately disqualified him from the long-term plan.

My mind has stored a few Morrow memories. Of course, there’s the near no-hitter he tossed in 2010. But the majority of fond recollections come from the early months of the 2012 season.

Morrow was outstanding. It seemed like he finally found that perfect balance between velocity and accuracy.

I remember watching him dominate Seattle one April afternoon. From my perch in the 500s, I watched textbook off speed pitches that left the Mariners dumbfounded. If Morrow was a painter, then that game was a masterpiece.

He had a bright future, but it all came crashing down just a few months later.

It was June, 2012. Morrow was on the mound as the Jays began a three-game series against Washington. In the very first inning, he tore his oblique and was removed from the game.

That one single moment changed everything. He was never the same after that injury.

Foolishly, I wonder what would happen if I built a time machine, flew back to June 2012 and changed the – as Wilner calls it – space/time continuum. That means finding a way for Morrow not to get injured. Maybe things would’ve been different.

But that’s just crazy talk; and I apologize for that.

I do wish Brandon all the best in San Diego. Perhaps pitching in the National League is the missing piece of his MLB puzzle. And I hope he starts too.

It’s just a shame his time in Toronto had to end this way.

ER
 
 

Stay classy in San Diego, Brandon.(Photo: BlueJays.com)

Stay classy in San Diego, Brandon.(Photo: BlueJays.com)

A Lack of Communication

December 9, 2014

Yunel stole the out
and Johnson was not impressed
Neither was the team

ER

About Everything That’s Happened So Far

November 21, 2012

There have been moments in previous off-seasons that make you stand up and take notice. I was on cloud nine when the Blue Jays signed Roger Clemens in the fall of 1996. I was speechless 10 years later when Frank Thomas joined the team.

But what happened over the last week is on a higher level. Just thinking about it makes my knees weak.

Instead of analyzing everything – that’s already been done by several writers and broadcasters – here are some point-form notes:

Re. The Trade with Miami

– Not crazy about losing Adeiny Hechavarria and Henderson Alvarez. These two had potential. Hech is a great fielder who could hit every now and then. Alvarez, if given a little more rope, will become a good pitcher. However, there was no way the Marlins would let the Jays walk away without giving up something. It was a “spend money to make money” scenario.

– Jeff Mathis is a good guy, but his departure will not hurt nor affect the Jays.

– Yunel Escobar clearly needed a change of scenery.

– Not shedding any tears over the “prospects.” Prospects are crap-shoots. They either make it, make it and have productive careers or don’t make it at all. It could go either way.

– 14 months ago, I thought Mark Buehrle would look great in a Jays uniform. Wish granted, albeit late. He’s never had an ERA above 5.00 and his career WHIP is 1.17. I see him in the 4th or 5th spot.

– Really like Josh Johnson’s numbers. Career ERA of 3.15; 8.2 K/9. He’s had some injuries over his career, but hasn’t been plagued with them (knock on wood). I see him in the 2nd or 3rd spot.

– Yes, Emilo Bonifacio only played 64 games in 2012. But if stays healthy, the results will be very positive. In 2011, his OBP was .360. He’s a versatile fielder who will likely play second.

– Jose Reyes will make a great lead off hitter. Had an OBP of .347 and led the NL in plate appearances. He’s got speed and can swipe a base. Never imagined he would play in Toronto. Interested to see how he will handle AL pitching. His interleague numbers are good: .295/.333/.436/.770

– John Buck’s best season was with the Jays in 2010. He hit 20 HRs and picked up 66 RBIs; even made the AL All-Star team. I’m not expecting that same kind of production. He’ll back up JP Arencibia and can be used a pinch hitter. He’s got a little pop in his bat.

– On paper, this is the biggest trade in Blue Jays history. Of course, trades can’t be fully judged until some time has passed. Everything depends on what actually happens on the field. For now, this trade improves the starting rotation and the middle infield; two issues that surrounded the roster.

Re. Melky Cabrera

– I was content with Anthony Gose starting in LF in 2013. But Cabrera is a better option. He collects a lot of hits. He also has a terrific fielding percentage. If he can at hit at least .275, I will be happy.

– The failed drug test and suspension have certainly stained Cabrera’s career. But at 16 million over two years, it’s a low-risk gamble.

– A year in Buffalo cannot hurt Anthony Gose. It will help his development. Besides, if Colby Rasmus were to get traded, Gose would likely take over in CF.

Re. John Gibbons

– I didn’t see it coming. Neither did anyone else. Gibby wasn’t a phenomenal manager, but he wasn’t an awful one either. In fact, his MLB managerial record is an even 305-305.

– Managers get too much credit when they win; too much criticsm when they lose. As long as he makes good choices, while inspiring and helping the players, I’m happy.

If there’s anything to take away from yesterday’s press conference, it would be that AA is not done. He wants to add depth, especially to the pitching staff. Looks like AA is far from finished.

-The Hek

If I had a vote…

November 10, 2012

First off, I was right about San Francisco, but it certainly wasn’t a perfect prediction. If you’re interested, check out my thoughts on the 2012 World Series.

Time to hand out some “awards.”

American League

– AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

– AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver, LAA

– AL Manager of the year: Bob Melvin, Oakland

National League

– NL MVP: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee

– NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey, New York

– NL Manager of the year: Davey Johnson, Washington

Blue Jays

– Best hitter: Edwin Encarnacion

– Best starter: Brandon Morrow

– Best reliever: Casey Janssen (honourable mention to Darren Oliver)

Feel free to agree/disagree. You can also applaud or yell 😉

MLB Playoff Predictions – World Series

October 24, 2012

Well, I was right about the Tigers and wrong about the Cardinals.

For the record, Detroit wasn’t a perfect prediction. Didn’t see that sweep coming.

Anyway…

2012 World Series: San Francisco over Detroit in six games

Remember, predicting is just a fancy way of taking a guess.

– The Hek

Re. John Farrell

October 23, 2012

I’m glad it’s over.

When I first heard the Red Sox were interested in John Farrell, I doubted it. But as this rumour was becoming a reality, I eventually made peace with it.

The idea of Farrell leaving the Blue Jays never upset me. What made me want to pull my hair out was how this story turned into a giant monster. The smallest hint or the latest report caused a disturbing frenzy online. Those who didn’t like Farrell were jumping for joy. Others were salivating at what kind of compensation would be sent to Toronto. This is what happens when a team performs below expectations; a mountain from a mole hill.

Some time over the last year, John Farrell decided managing the Boston Red Sox was a better opportunity than managing the Blue Jays. I cannot fault him for that. This is – for lack of a better term – his dream job. We’ve all wanted to be in that position and I bet no one would pass on such a chance.

AA and the Jays had no choice. They had to let him go. Why keep someone who doesn’t want to be part of the organization? It’s counterproductive. Even if the Jays won 90 or more games, Farrell would still go to Boston. Heck, even if Farrell was managing a different team – say, the San Diego Padres for example – he would still go to Boston. Once Bobby Valentine was fired and the opportunity presented itself, the so-called writing was on the wall.

There are two important items to stress.

First, the Blue Jays didn’t give up Farrell to the Red Sox. They didn’t let Boston “steal” or “woo” him away. John Farrell chose to return to Boston. Sure, AA could’ve presented Farrell with a contract extension. But I doubt that would’ve made a difference.

Second, choosing to manage the Red Sox is not a slight on the Blue Jays or the city of Toronto. Some decisions might’ve backfired here and there, but there’s no way Farrell just went through the motions while wearing a Jays uniform. He wanted the Jays to win, regardless of any disagreements he may have had with AA. Think about it: Would the Red Sox really want someone who “mailed-it-in” or didn’t care about what happens on the field? It’s not worth shedding tears and Blue Jay fans shouldn’t take it personally.

SN590’s Jeff Sammut asked listeners if they would boo Farrell when he returns to Toronto. I gave it some thought and although I’m not mad at John Farrell, I’d still boo him. For starters, he’s the opposing manager and it is the notorious Boston Red Sox.

I don’t blame John Farrell for making this choice. I understand and respect it.

Still, “getting dumped” stinks.

– The Hek


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