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Let’s pretend I’m a card-carrying member of the BBWAA

December 5, 2019

Sometimes, it’s fun to do a little role-playing.

Nothing like acting out a fantasy and spicing things up. Life’s hard as it is; so indulge me as I get imaginative.

Let’s pretend I’m a long-standing member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and I have an enticing hall-of-fame ballot.

Photo: @MLB

What did you think I meant? Get your mind out of the gutter 😕

As was the case last year, I have no interest in explaining myself. The names I selected are based on memories, feelings, emotions, bias and a little bit of Baseball-Reference.com.

My votes go to…

  • Larry Walker 🇨🇦
  • Derek Jeter
  • Roger Clemens
  • Barry Bonds
  • Omar Vizquel
  • Todd Helton
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Scott Rolen
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Cliff Lee
  • Jeff Kent
  • Jason Giambi

Frankly, I don’t care about who’s elected, as long as Larry Walker is one of them. He deserves to be there.

We’ll find out soon.

ER

If I was an upstanding member of the BBWAA and allowed to submit a hall of fame ballot…

December 26, 2018

Pretty sure I got the original “ballot” photo from MLB’s Twitter account. The e-highlighter…..that’s all me.

Look, I don’t have time to pour over pages of data. I also have no interest in explaining myself. The names I selected are based on memories, feelings, emotions, bias and a little bit of Baseball-Reference.com. There’s also this picture I took inside the Baseball Hall of Fame when my friend and I visited Cooperstown in 2012. It justifies certain players being elected.

Anyway, this will likely be my last post for 2018. If you have a chance, check out this collection of microstories I wrote for Ari Shapiro’s website. I hope you had a great holiday season and wish you the very best in 2019! Thanks for putting up with me. 😉

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Le Lanceur, Jack Morris

December 28, 2017

Posted by ICI Radio-Canada Ontario.

Here are two archived clips about the 1992 Blue Jays from the CBC’s French language service.

The first clip is a season-in-review, while the second one is a news report on game three of the 1992 World Series.

Game three was incredibly significant, as it marked the first time the World Series was played outside the United States. It was also the first match after the Canadian flag was infamously hung upside down during game two’s pregame ceremonies.


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The search that yielded the two videos was inspired by Jack Morris being elected to the Hall of Fame and Matt English’s real-time Twitter account of the ’93 Jays. But as I watched and reflected on the clips, I was also reminded of a memory from 25 years ago.

New Year’s Eve 1992 was spent in Montreal. Nine-year-old me found out that RDS – the French equivalent of TSN – was airing a condensed version of game six. So while everyone was partying, my butt was in front of the TV and didn’t move until Mike Timlin fielded Otis Nixon’s bunt and tossed it over to Joe Carter.

BTW….I hope you had a great holiday season. All the best in 2018! 

ER

Roy Halladay: The Professional’s Professional

November 13, 2017

A wife lost her husband, two boys lost their father and we all lost an incredible role model and pitcher.

Obviously, this is a difficult article to write. Like you, I am still numb and devastated. Forget for a moment that he was a major league pitcher. We are grieving for a man who was only 40 years old; taken away so suddenly and horrifically. Painfully, we are reminded that life is not fair.

Roy Halladay was a Toronto Blue Jay. During a period of futility, he was one of the few bright spots. The Jays struggled in the standings, attendance fell and they had become an afterthought to some. It was a tough time, but at least we had Roy Halladay.

A lot of wonderful articles have been written about Doc’s impact. For me, I am reminded of an interview former U.S. President George W. Bush gave to Politico.com in 2008.

Bush – the one-time owner of the Texas Rangers – was asked about putting together a team if he were to hypothetically return to the sport and every player was available. The President’s number one choice for a pitcher: Roy Halladay.

The most powerful person on the planet (at the time) and the leader of the free world wanted our guy to be his ace hurler. That said something.

Halladay was a professional’s professional, with an inspiring rise to greatness. He started his big league career with a bang, fell apart and was sent down to A-ball. But he overcame the glaring setback with a hard work ethic and a flawless mentality.

As someone who chronically overthinks, I am envious of that “next pitch” mindset. The ability to block out the past, ignore any worry about the future and just focus on the moment at hand is hard to achieve. Roy Halladay achieved it and that’s why he was one of the best and will one day (hopefully) have a plaque in Cooperstown.

We must take as much time as we need to grieve. One day, the sadness we are all feeling right now will be replaced with happy memories. Until then, I join those on social media and call on the Blue Jays to retire Doc’s uniform number and add his name to the Level of Excellence.

More importantly, let’s remember that he was a son, a husband, a father, a teammate and a fan favourite. From all accounts, he was also an incredible human being. It was an honour to watch him apply his craft every five days.

May his memory be a blessing.

ER

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

Episode 51: Marvellous Marco Estrada

June 25, 2015

While the Blue Jays battled Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon, Alan Clough from Suicidal Squeeze shared his thoughts on Marco Estrada, the bullpen and much more.

Episode 51 Direct MP3 Download

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Gorgeous days at the ballpark!

Gorgeous days at the ballpark!

Doc Calls It Quits

June 12, 2014

The Spanish Sportscaster
informs me Doc has hung up his
cleats, glove and uniform.

My mind reflects on all those
1-run,
2-run,
3-run losses.

A little more run support
and things would have been different.

A couple more Cy Young awards
and Cooperstown would be an easier ticket.

Eric aka @TheHek


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