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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)

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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Episode 26: Gibby, You Are Safe

August 29, 2013

There’s one month left in the regular season. Unfortunately, it won’t be the type of September Blue Jay fans had hoped for.

Regardless, there are lots of items to talk about.

Toronto radio personality Dan Deeley shares his thoughts on John Gibbons and what the future holds for certain players and coaches.

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Episode 14 [Season Finale] – It Wasn’t Pretty

October 4, 2012

2012 was a wild and rough season for the Blue Jays, filled with inconsistency and injuries.

Jared MacDonald of the TheGoodPoint.com and JaysProspects.com breaks down the year, highlights certain players and considers what the Jays should do in the off-season.

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Thank you for listening to the first season of DNJT! Season two will begin next spring.

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Episode 9 – Sweep or be Swept

July 26, 2012

That was quite the road trip.

The Blue Jays were ugly in New York, but successful in Boston. In addition, there were some changes to the active roster.

BackInBlue.ca’s Dave Harrison discusses the recent injuries, Travis Snider’s call-up and the trade with Houston. He also chats about his Jays Listed blog.

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