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Wild Card Guesses

October 2, 2018

To whom it may concern:

I anticipate a day of glorious triumph for the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics.

Thank you.

ER

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Hiatus

August 27, 2018

Inspired by Mr. Zwelling’s account of Mr. Axford’s summer of 2017

Going home

to see my children

Going home

because I have been released

Going home

for an extended break

Letting go

as I sit on the couch

distancing myself from exercise,

the life I have experienced,

stress and doubt

I will take my children to a game,

paying for our own tickets

We will sit behind the bullpen

The same bullpen I once sat in

We will eat hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches,

as I disconnect from my competitive spirit

Remarkable

how I have never watched the game,

only participated

My return will be determined at a later time

For now,

I am not a bullpen arm

I am Father, son, partner

ER

Rock Bottom (?)

May 21, 2018

Fragile Blue Jays
lost four matches to Oakland
in painful fashion.

ER

Hello Josh Donaldson, Goodbye Brett Lawrie

November 29, 2014

So much for a quiet Friday night.

It’s hard to imagine Brett Lawrie wearing an Oakland uniform. He was the Canadian kid playing for Canada’s team. But that marketing ploy went out the window once Russell Martin joined the team.

Of course, Lawrie’s nationality had nothing to do with the trade.

In retrospect, Brett Lawrie was a great infielder and an inconsistent hitter. I admired his energy and passion, although that same energy and passion got him into trouble sometimes; not to mention some stints on the DL. Perhaps he’ll find some consistency at the O.Co Coliseum.

I realize some fans are upset about losing Lawrie, but here’s the important item to remember: Josh Donaldson is a major upgrade.

Donaldson’s stats on Baseball-Reference.com do not lie. Over the last two seasons, he’s hit 20-plus homeruns and collected 90-plus RBIs per year. In addition, his batting average for 2013 and 2014 was above the .250 mark.

Another crucial stat from Baseball-Reference.com: Donaldson played 158 games each season. That’s something Lawrie could not do (107 in 2013, just 70 in 2014).

Obviously, this is a good trade for the Blue Jays. They get a talented third baseman in exchange for a third baseman who may or may not reach his full potential. Oakland also picks up three players (Nolin, Graveman and Berreto) who may or may not have productive big league careers.

Say what you want about AA. At least he’s rolling the dice and making an effort this offseason.

It’s funny. Back in 2010-2011, I was excited about the core group of young players on the Jays’ roster: JPA, Lawrie, Travis Snider, Ricky Romero, etc.

With the exception of Romero, who’s still toiling in AAA, all those young players are no longer with the team.

ER

Wild Card Predictions

September 30, 2014

Predicting is just a fancy way of taking a guess.

With that in mind…

It shall be a glorious day of triumph for the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

ER

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 😉


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