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And now, a smorgasbord of thoughts and feelings as it relates to the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

October 1, 2018

Give yourself a pat on the back. You got through a tough season.

  • Actually, I’m not upset about what happened this season. I went in with low expections and got what I expected: a team in transition; positive evolution and negative evolution, but evolution nonetheless.
  • Those first three weeks in April though; that was exciting and fun.
  • Love Gibby, but it was time to move on. His dismissal was unsurprising. Gibby took the Jays as far as he could. But the team is now moving in a different direction and the front office understandably wants someone new to lead said direction.
  • Couldn’t tell you who the new manager will be. I do know this: Some fans will love the new hire, some fans will hate the new hire and some fans will absolutely despise the new hire because anything orchestrated by Mark Shaprio and Russ Atikins will automatically ruin EVERYTHING! Oh, the spicy hot takes. 😉
  • I’m worried about Aaron Sanchez. Injuries have robbed him and us of two seasons. Right now, there’s a large chasm between 2016 Sanchez and 2018 Sanchez. I’m praying he closes that gap in 2019. He’s too good to be plagued with injuries.
  • Teoscar is a curious case. He was exposed defensively, but the kid has a pretty good bat. Here’s hoping he works on his defence during the off-season.
  • I was wrong about Randall Grichuk.
  • Loved what I saw from Rowdy Tellez. However, a small voice in my head is telling me not to get too excited about production from a September call-up. I hope that voice is wrong.
  • It feels like ions since Gift Ngoepe was part of the opening day roster.
  • My favourite moments from the season: 1) The incredible ninth inning comeback against Tampa Bay in September. 2) James Paxton’s no-hitter, despite that happening against the Jays.
  • One other moment that remains prevleant in my mind: Curtis Granderson’s walk-off homerun against Boston in April. This occurred days after the horrific van attack in North York. While Grandy’s blast certainly didn’t cure everything, it allowed us a short reprieve as we grieved.
  • I’m fascinated with the middle infield situation. Many candidates, but only a few spots. It will be one of the top storylines during spring training.
  • Time for some awards! Best hitter: Justin Smoak; Best starter: J.A. Happ; Best reliever: A tie between Seunghwan Oh and Ken Gilles.

Postseason is upon us. Cleveland gets my endorsement only because of the overabundance of former Blue Jays on their roster. Enjoy October baseball!

ER

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Some Words on Jim Fregosi

March 9, 2014

When I learned of Jim Fregosi’s passing on February 14, an image immediately popped into my mind.

I believe it’s from the 2000 season; a mid-season game between the Jays and Rays. The Jays won the match on a walk-off homerun.

The next day, the Toronto Star ran a photo of Fregosi reacting to the game-winning blast. His arms were victoriously extended into the air as he was running out of the dugout. Mouth was wide open.

It was quite the sight.

Here was a grown man in his late 50s; a Major League Baseball manager no less. And yet, he looked like a child on Christmas Day receiving the gift he always wanted.

It was a beautiful image, capturing the essence of baseball.

For one brief moment, the roles disappeared and were replaced by pure emotion. Fregosi was supposed to be the manager and leader; the man who sets an example. But he dropped all that and chose to be full of jubilation and ecstasy.

The image filed itself in my memory bank because it was something a Blue Jay manager would never do.

Think of all the managers from Cito Gaston on. They usually sat/sit on the bench, slightly motionless. There’s a stoic look on their faces, maybe polite applause when things are going right. It’s not a bad thing, just a pattern. But in my mind, that wasn’t Jim Fregosi. He wasn’t a typical Blue Jay manager.

It’s a shame his tenure as Jays manager lasted just two seasons. Looking back, it feels like things could’ve been different. Of course, that’s just hindsight.

Jim Fregosi will be remembered for his extensive work. Though I never met the man, he struck me as the type of person that is remembered for many individual reasons.

For me, it’s the picture.

PS: I looked everywhere for that picture. Searched high and low. Couldn’t find it. I know it’s out there…

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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