Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: August 27, 2010 9:17 pm

Jays relievers claimed

In an unsurprising move, the Blue Jays put nearly their entire bullpen through waivers -- and none made it out unclaimed.

The Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott reports (on Twitter ) Jason Frasor, Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Shawn Camp were all claimed.

Who claimed them? Oh, probably just about every team in contention -- and maybe a few that aren't. Bullpen help this time of year is always needed, so it would have been more surprising had any of the relievers cleared waivers.

Now, will the Jays trade any of them? That seems like a more interesting question. Don't expect more than one of those to switch uniforms anytime soon.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:10 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:12 am

Bautista faces allegations, inside fastballs

It was a big day for Toronto's Jose Bautista against the haters.

First it was talk of steroids and then it was 92 mph fastball at his head. The Blue Jays slugger came out swinging on both accords.

As for steroids, the whispers were vocalized a little louder before Monday's game, as Toronto Star hockey columnist Damien Cox compared Bautista to Roger Clemens and Brady Anderson .

Cox's column was headlined, "Gotta At Least Ask the Question."

Bautista's response?

"Well ask it," Bautista said, according to the National Post . "Don't write about it."

He's got a point, why didn't Cox, who presumably has access to the Blue Jays' clubhouse, go ahead and ask it to Bautista before writing?

"Nobody's said anything to me and I don't see why they should," Bautista told the Globe and Mail . "Baseball has a strict policy against those performance-enhancing whatever you want to call them."

After he hit his 39th and 40th home runs against the Yankees, ESPN personality Bill Simmons also accused Bautista of using steroids on Twitter : "Jose Bautista just hit his 40th HR. Previous high: 16. It's Aug. 23rd. But it's not the Steroids Era anymore. I'm just confused."

While it's tough to defend yourself against words, fastballs are easier to swat away.

Bautista hit a two-run home run off of Yankees starter Ivan Nova. After Bautista deposited a ball foul into the upper deck on the direst pitch he saw from Nova in the sixth, Nova threw an 0-1 fastball near Bautista's head and the Blue Jay hit the deck before getting up and moving toward the mound as both dugouts emptied.

From the Globe and Mail :

“I was just trying to see what kind of reaction I was going to get from him,” Bautista said. “And I was surprised to see he was pretty defiant, he was walking up towards me, flashing his hands up and started yelling.

“That’s when I felt the pitch was intentional.”

Nova denied it was anything of the sort.

“It wasn’t on purpose,” Nova said. “I just throw the ball. I’ve got to pitch. I pitch inside, I can get a lot of outs. The pitch wasn’t on purpose.”

Bautista flied out in that at-bat.

In the eighth, Bautista came up against David Robertson and turned on a fastball for his 40th homer of the season to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.

Bautista flipped his bat, watched it, took a couple of steps and a glance toward the mound before breaking into a slow trot around the bases. As he approached the plate he started pumping his fists and didn't  stop until he was headed toward the dugout and was high-fiving teammates. I'm no Tater Trot Tracker , so I could be off on this timing, but I got 28.6 seconds on Bautista's trot -- which wouldn't be one of the top 10 slowest trots of the season, but it would be in the top 10 of the non-David Ortiz division) -- but it certainly wasn't quick.

"Given what transpired earlier, I enjoyed it pretty good," he told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 23-29

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Monday, Aug. 23
Florida Marlins -- cam floppy hat. It's a floppy hat, but nobody can see you.
Hudson Valley Renegades (New York-Penn League) -- mystery bobblehead. The team website doesn't say what the bobblehead will be, just that if you're one of the first 1,500 into the park, you'll get one.

Tuesday, Aug. 24
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies -- Carlos Ruiz Bobble figurine. I guess it's a "figurine" because it's smaller. But it still looks pretty cool.
Los Angeles Angels -- fleece blanket. My dog loves his SGA (eBay lingo for stadium giveaway) fleece blankets.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) Holly Madison bobblehead. Yeah, it's the head that bobbles. I think they missed a good opportunity there.
Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) -- plunger. Really, just what it says. Hey, you probably need a plunger more than a bobblehead.

Wednesday, Aug. 25
Buffalo Bisons (International League) -- Fernando Martinez bobblehead. Martinez his hitting .253/.317/.455 with 12 homers, 33 RBI and 4,000 bobbleheads.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- back-to-school notebooks. Who couldn't use a notebook for school? Or do kids still use those?
Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) -- sling bag giveaway. The classic, jersey look. Again, a good, practical giveaway.

Thursday, Aug. 26
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- winter cap
Hudson Valley Renegades (New York-Penn League) -- dog leash. The first 500 dogs get a gift, not their people. My dog would prefer to be let off the leash instead of a new one.

Friday, Aug. 27
Ichiro bobblehead Seattle Mariners -- Ichiro bobblehead. I don't currently have an Ichiro in my bobblehead collection -- maybe if I just knew someone in Seattle.
Syracuse Chiefs (International League) -- Stephen Strasburg action figure
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- frisbee
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Frank Howard bobblehead. The former Tiger will be at the park for his bobblehead night.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Ron Darling bobblehead
Vermont Lake Monster (New York-Penn League) -- Mystery bobblehead. I'll be interested to know if it's new, or just old stuff they had in the storage room.
Yakima Bears (Northwest League) -- Mel Stottlemyre bobblehead
Greeneville Astros (Appalachian League) -- blanket

Saturday, Aug. 28
Los Angeles Angels -- candy jar. The Angels have had some of my favorite promotions this year, and this is another winner.
Texas Rangers -- t-shirt. Classic baseball style with red sleeves and a white base. It's for kids only, so it'll make some emo college kid happy.
Washington Nationals -- Ivan Rodriguez bobblehead
Colorado Rockies -- coffee tumbler. I still use my Dan Haren A's tumbler.
San Diego Padres -- Everth Cabrera bobblehead
San Francisco Giants -- Joe DiMaggio SF Seals bobblehead
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) Cave Shrimp bobble-tail. So, the Hot Rods ran a contest to name the team. Hot Rods, obviously, won. Cave Shrimp was another entry and this is the "What Could Have Been" promotion. I may have to eBay this badboy..
Tulsa Drillers (Texas League) -- ONEOK Field replica
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- reusable grocery bags
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) Matt Holliday bobblehead
Everett AquaSox (Norhtwest League) -- Ryan Rowland-Smith bobblehead
Idaho Falls Chukars (Rookie Appalachian League) -- Billy Butler bobblehead.

Sunday, Aug. 29
CC Sabathia Milwaukee Brewers -- CC Sabathia bobblehead day. I'm not exactly sure why the Brewers are honoring a guy who pitched 17 games for them, but oh well. It's a cool looking bobblehead.
Toronto Blue Jays -- Dave Stieb bobblehead
Chicago White Sox -- Frank Thomas Bobblehead
Texas Rangers -- kids chest protector backpack
San Diego Padres -- metal lunch box
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- Dodgers fleece blanket
Stockton Ports (California) -- Ports mini basketball and hoop set
Beloit Snappers (Midwest League) -- Ben Revere bobblehead

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 8:22 pm

Pirates land top Mexican prospect

It's been a big week for the Pirates and young pitchers. They signed talented draft picks Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie earlier in the week, and Thursday they announced that they have closed the deal on 16-year-old Mexican prospect Luis Heredia.

Heredia was hot property during the international signing season, with the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays reportedly joining the Pirates in pursuing the right-hander. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates paid $2.6 million for Heredia, by far the most they have ever paid for an international prospect. Veracruz, the teen's team in Mexico, gets to keep 75 percent of that money.

Heredia is 6-feet-6 and already reportedly has a 92-93 mph fastball.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 4:15 pm

Record extension for Jays' Romero

Ricky Romero
Ricky Romero isn't even eligible for arbitration until 2012, but the Blue Jays aren't taking any chances with the promising left-hander, laying out some serious money to make sure they control his cost for the next five years.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports via Twitter that Toronto has signed Romero to a five-year, $30.1 million extension, the largest guaranteed contract ever for a player with less than two years of major-league service. The deal buys out all his arbitration-eligible years and runs through 2015.

Romero, 25, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Cal State Fullerton, has been terrific in his first two major-league seasons. He was a 13-game winner in 2009 and is 9-7 with a 3.53 ERA this season. He's averaging 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Romero has a four-pitch repertoire with increasingly good command and is considered smart, composed and focused. He got hung up in the minors for longer than expected, leading some to wonder whether the Jays had overreached for him at No. 6 (especially since Troy Tulowitzki was taken seventh). But he has clearly figured it out, and projects as a potential No. 1 or 2 for years to come.

The big extension is a gamble for the Jays, a potential disaster if he gets hurt or doesn't live up to his early promise. But by overpaying for him right now, they could save a ton of money in the long run if he turns into a $12-15 million ace in his arbitration years.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 1:34 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 6:30 pm

Rays' amazing vanishing bats

Carl Crawford
Brandon Morrow's 17-strikeout, one-hit gem last week was mighty impressive, but the team he victimized was no surprise.

It was the fifth time Tampa Bay had managed one or no hits in a game this season, which baseball-reference.com points out is a major-league record. The Rays have been no-hit twice, including a perfect game, and one-hit three times.

Since 1920, 11 teams have had one or no hits four times. Most of the teams on that list were lousy, and only one (the 1986 Angels) was a division winner. Yet here the Rays are battling for the lead in baseball's toughest division. How can a team whose offense has the capacity to completely vanish be this good?

The Rays have somehow managed to score the fifth-most runs in the American League (and are within four runs of being in third) while being 12th in the league in batting average. They're not even particularly lucky on the balls they do put in play, with a middle-of-the-pack BABIP of .297. Their clutch numbers are also mediocre.

But the Rays do have ways to make the most of their at-bats and their baserunners. They take the most walks and have stolen the most bases in the league -- both by a wide margin. And the biggest factor on their win-loss mark is not their offense but their pitching -- they allow the fewest runs in the league.

That pitching will go a long way if they make the playoffs, but on the other hand, they're going to see great pitching as well. The fact that the offense is susceptible to being completely overwhelmed has to be worrisome for Rays fans.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:20 pm

Jays' Purcey rolls ankle

David Purcey
The Blue Jays won't know until X-rays on Friday how seriously middle reliever David Purcey was hurt when he rolled his right ankle and foot Thursday.

Purcey was coverng first in the sixth inning against Boston when he had to leap for a high throw (and considering Purcey is 6-foot-5, it was a really high throw) and landed awkwardly.

"It's pretty swollen right now," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We should know a little bit more [Friday]."

Gaston wouldn't rule out a trip to the disabled list for Purcey, who has been a solid bullpen piece for Toronto. The 28-year-old left-hander has a 3.00 ERA in 23 apearances and has finished 13 games. His WHIP of 1.05 is second on the team behind Scott Downs.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:18 pm

Jays to give Morrow extra rest

Brandon Morrow Bravo to the Toronto Blue Jays for taking care of Brandon Morrow's golden right arm.

Morrow will get extra rest after his 137-pitch no-hit bid against the Rays on Sunday, MLB.com reports . He won't pitch against until Aug. 17, with his scheduled start on Friday going to left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. The Blue Jays will call up Rzepczynski for Friday's game and then will likely be sent right back down.

That's likely good new for Anaheim, who will miss Morrow, and bad news for the A's, who will now see him instead.

Morrow has already thrown a career-high 127 1/3 innings in his first year as a full-time starter. He threw 124 2/3 innings between Seattle and Triple-A last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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