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Short, scribbled thoughts about the fugly start to the regular season

April 17, 2017

Wish I could tell you it will get better. But the truth is I can’t. There are few guarantees in baseball, so I can only hope for the best and be positive.

The Blue Jays will either figure it out or they won’t.

You can push as many panic buttons as possible. You can demand they fire Gibby. You can beg for Rowdy Tellez to be called up. You can curse Mark Shapiro and Russ Atkins for all entirety. You can refuse to purchase tickets. Just understand one thing: We have no control over the fate of the team. Like it or not, we have to let the process work itself out and show some – here’s a word you might not like – patience.

Gregg Zaun sometimes criticizes certain fans for wanting instant gratification. It’s a theory I subscribe to as well. We live in a society that values anything quick and aggressive, while discarding items that are slow and can’t instantly capture attention. Baseball clashes with this kind of society; in the game itself and with the length of the season. The adage of the regular season being a marathon and not a sprint certainly applies to the Jays’ situation.

The consensus couldn’t be clearer: There’s nothing fun about how this season has gone so far, especially after Sunday’s 11-4 dumpster fire loss to Baltimore. Greater concern is Aaron Sanchez’s blister problem and J.A. Happ’s elbow; issues that are incredibly alarming. Can’t forget the nightmarish offensive production either. So as much as it sucks – and it really does suck – there is nothing we can do, but to simply let things breathe. It might be painful, but it’s the right course of action.

If that won’t work for you, consider this: If the worst thing in your life is a 2-10 baseball team, then you have a pretty good life.

ER


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Episode 49: Last year’s May was much better

May 28, 2015

May has been an overall frustrating month for the Blue Jays and their fans. However, things appear to be getting better.

Ian Hunter of BlueJayHunter.com joins DNJT to discuss Jose Bautista’s shoulder, Roberto Osuna’s performance and John Gibbons’ tenure.

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To all base runners: Never make a fuss with Russ!

To all base runners: Never make a fuss with Russ!

Re. Marcus Stroman

March 11, 2015

I’m still in shock.

I don’t need to tell you how awful the news was. I don’t need to tell you about the ramifications. I don’t need to tell you how Stro’s injury affects everyone and everything.

So, there’s options: Norris, Sanchez, Estrada, Albers, Francis (eek), Santana (yikes).

I’d pick Norris and Sanchez for the final two spots. Good potential and looked good last season. I had Sanchez pegged for the bullpen; even got into a Twitter debate about that on Sunday. But things have changed and possibly, so has Sanchez’s role with the team.

Of course, there’s always the possibility of a trade. That would be helpful for Dioner Navarro. But I doubt a trade will take place.

So…take a deep breath. These are the cards that have been dealt to the Jays. Unfortunately, they will have to play without their most promising starter.

ER

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)

Episode 38: Intermission

July 17, 2014

Going into the second half of the regular season, the Blue Jays are 49-47 and currently sit second in the AL East.

Ian Hunter – aka The Blue Jay Hunter – looks back at an up-and-down first half and shares his thoughts on the major concerns surrounding the Jays.

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So, I have a crazy idea…

July 8, 2014

Going forward:

C – Navarro
1B – EE (when he comes off the DL)
2B – Lawrie (ditto)
SS – Reyes
3B – Joey Bats
LF – Melky
CF – Colby
RF – Alfonso Soriano

DH/Back-up Catcher/Bench – Lind, Thole, Francisco, Tolleson, Kratz

Wait! Before you start throwing spoiled fruit and veggies at me, let me explain.

1. Bautista has played third in the past. Not ideal, but until AA acquires a quality second or third baseman, this is a suitable option. If the hamstring is an issue, have Bats DH and Francisco play 3B.

2. Facing a right hander, both Lind and Francisco are suitable at DH and could also be used as left-hitting pinch hitters late in a game.

3. Facing a left hander, Kratz could DH or be that right-hitting pinch hitter late. Plus, he’s a better option as the back-up catcher than Thole.

4. As long as RAD is on the roster, so is Thole (for now). Just accept it and move on.

5. Tolleson can play infield and outfield. That gives him the edge over Kawasaki.

6. Yes, Soriano’s number aren’t great. However, as noted by Baseball-Reference.com, he’s managed to keep his OPS at .700 or better since 2001. To me, that makes him a better option than Cole Gillespie and Nolan Reimold. Of course, if Reimold turns into his 2009 form, this is all a moot point.

NOW…If the Blue Jays do pick up a quality second or third baseman, then Bautista goes back to right field, Lawrie goes where he’s needed, Soriano can DH and/or PH and Kratz gets sent down.

Not perfect, but it could help.

Eric aka @TheHek

Episode 37: May Was Better

July 3, 2014

The All-Star break is approaching.

MopUpDuty.com’s Callum Hughson looks back at the Blue Jays’ performance in June and shares his thoughts on how they can stay afloat.

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