Sunday, May 12, 2019

Who should get into the Hall of Fame? Bonds, Clemens or Rose?

  With another over, the MLB Hall of Fame has concluded

Great points - the real problem is the guys didn't cheat - Fred Mcgriff - Carlos Delgado - etc. The hall is more than talent, it's about aspiring to be something great. Rich privileged jerks - why do any of us care if these guys get in to the hall of Fame? I think Bonds and Clemens were paid well beyond their prime as a result of the doping. How many guys couldn't make the bigs because Clemens pitched an extra 5 yrs ?

Dwight Smith Jr - Really?? What happened?

I understand that teams often don't understand that the players that they have on there own team are not that good.  Such is the case of Dwight Smith Jr.  This is a player with terrific major league pedigree; his father was a ROY with the Chicago Cubs in 1989.  He plays good defense in the outfield.  He has hit the ball each time the Jays brought him up he raked.    The problem with Dwight, he never did much in the minors.  Never hit with eye popping power or average or stole any bases.  But neither has Billy McKinney.   One has spent his entire career with the Blue Jays and the other was throw in for JA Happ.  I believe you build players from within in your organization.  Its a big part of team chemistry - knowing the guys who are next to you.  Billy McKinney is just another guy in a stall.  I am sure hes a good guy, but he has done the rounds.  A's, Cubs, Yankees - he is nothing special I am sure, they have all had a look and realized he is a fourth outfielder at best.

Dwight was out of options, so they had to move him.  But why??  Did I mention that he would be leading the Blue Jays in homers this year??   Yes, he is killing it.    He is on pace for 30 HR and 100 RBI and a 280 average.  Hmm, that would be nice.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Aaron Sanchez calling out teammates - Be Ready to Play

Aaron Sanchez has put an X on his back.  Calling out your team by saying that his team wasn't ready immediately makes him the guy to show a difference in the output of the team.    As a 500 ball club, the Jays leaders to make this the club better.  If Aaron doesn't feel that the team was ready, he has been around long enough to know if people are ready to play.  You can look in someone's eyes and they can tell you if they are into the game.  Sadly, the Jays have a lot of guys who are really new players.  Only players like Sanchez, Stroman and Smoak on this team know difference from being on a winner and not.   Its refreshing to have a guy call out his teammates at the professional level.  I am sure he didn't make any friends in doing it.

Have a game tonight!

VLAD GUERRERO JR - THE CASE FOR PATIENCE

VLAD GUERRERO JR is clearly struggling and this is not the start that all Blue Jays Fans wanted.   It clearly shows that all those people crying fowl last year, saying Vlad is ready for the big leagues were dead wrong.   I am still confident that Vlad will hit 260-280 this year with 20 homers and 75 rbi.  But Vlad is clearly not as ready for stardom as many prognosticated.  Pitchers have been feeding him a steady diet of fastballs, curve balls and change ups away.  He has shown a lack of patience that most young players exhibit.  Chasing is common action when the player is swinging hard or is trying to get out in front of pitch to drive it.   The more games he plays - the more the game will slow down and things will get easier for him.  We have to give credit to SHATKINS for keeping Vlad down on the farm when the entire city of baseball experts was crying fowl.  He clearly wasn't ready.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

An open letter to Jose Bautista

Watching Jose Bautista try to make the most out of this season has been sad.  He is in great shape and can do most of the things he once did.  But bat speed is no longer there.  The progression of a major league player is to increase girth and reduce mobility.  As he ages, the player tends to work less on foot speed and more on maintaining his bat speed.  A perfect example of this is Carlos Beltran.  Beltran was once a Gold Glove centre fielder for the Royals and Mets.  Beltran has focused on strength and power over worrying about fetching a ball in the rightfield corner.  Jose loves proving people wrong.   His entire career is built on doing just that, why would the latter portion of his career be any different.  Last year the critiques were out in full force claiming that Bautista could no longer man rightfield.    Bautista went about spending the off season proving that he could still play the outfield, not realizing that defense is not why he is on the field.  Watching tape of Bautista from 2011 and 2012, you can see a big difference in his size, strength and bat speed.



Watching the video you can tell he is bigger 2012, the swing is quicker and his ability to cover high and low pitches is drastically different.  And I am not suggesting anything nefarious.   Bautista is a stand up guy and has earned everything the right way.   But he needs to focus on a strength program that will generate bat speed over foot speed.  As we age, father time reminds us all that we are human.  Superman Jose has defied the odds until now.  The MLB is full of guys who used to be fast but now just hit, its the reason why they created the DH.  Harold Baines, Dave Parker, Don Baylor, Chili Davis and Dave Winfield were all great defensive players.  But the last 5-7 yrs of their careers were focused on run production.  Let the young kids run it down while they bang it out.

Jose, its not too late.  Focus on the power and let the rooks man rightfield.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jays Bullpen might be its saving grace - Beat Yankees

The biggest difference from last year to this year has to be the starting pitching.  The Blue Jays have lost every member of the rotation, save Marco Estrada.  And he has not been himself.  This has been a very challenging year for a team that is built around homers and starting pitching.  When you lose the ERA leader in the American League.  You know its going to be a tough go. 

But the Bullpen has really stepped up and more so of late.  Leone, Loup and Barnes have been terrific.  Roberto Osuna, somehow won the reliever of the month for June.  I think that was called the rolaid relief award.  On the verge of a mental break down, he was tremendous.  Its definitely not an easy job by any stretch.  The starting rotation has suffered so bad, they needed to steal pitchers from the Bullpen.  Joe Biagini was elevated to starter, and that has had mixed results.  Joe is a big league pitcher, but that doesn't mean he is a starter.  Taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees, was an important step in getting back to 500.  But we must be sure to understand, they are not as good as most of the American League East.  Its time to make the right moves for the future.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Blue Jays acquire Miguel Montero - Nice addition

Do the Blue Jays need another Catcher?  Well in a word.  YAHHH!

Not that Luke Maile isn't a quality catcher.  He is a much better receiver than a hitter.   The Blue Jays are in need of some hitting from behind the dish.   Russell Martin misses too many games for the Jays to run Luc out there 45-60 times a year.   Montero has proven he can swing the bat.  He hits big home runs and calls a good game.  His inability to throw out runners will be less of an issue in the homer happy American League.  He will also make a nice addition to the order and potential bat off the bench.    Maile is never going to be much of an offensive contributor.  That is just not his forte.  He is a great receiver and pitchers enjoy working with him.    In a league by runs scored, where the Yankees and Red Sox continue to pound out homer after homer.  The Blue Jays need to add runs where ever they can and a veteran bat off the bench or starting every 4th day would be a drastic improvement on our situation.

Is Montero a good team mate?  Its funny, no-body is saying that his comments are untrue.  Jake Arrieta is slow to the dish.  Does he care if people are running on him?  It appears not.  So, Montero's comments were not without merit.  The problem is, the Cubs are not performing to expectations. He was an easy guy to point out and remove from the equation.  Arrieta needs to do a better job holding runners.  When his stuff was better, it didn't matter nearly as much as it does now.  Being mortal again, he is much more beat able.  That said, its never good to air your dirty laundry.

Blue Jays should bring in Montero for the next couple months and then call up Luke for Sept when rosters expand.

And for all those CUBS fans who have forgotten. Just remember last fall when Miguel Montero did this against the Dodgers.