Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: June 10, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2010 10:06 pm
 

He needs a T-O, Bay-bee! Vitale hit by line drive



ESPN yeller Dick Vitale was hit by a foul ball sitting in his normal front-row seat at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Associated Press reports .

Vitale, a season-ticket holder for the Rays, was hit in the stomach area by a foul off the bat of Blue Jays leadoff man Fred Lewis, but appeared to be fine after the incident, talking to fans seated around him.

UPDATE: Vitale told the St. Petersburg Times he was fine, "It was scary -- it was a bullet. I've been here for 11 years, never had a line drive come to me. Maybe a popup. I don’t know how that happened."

Vitale said he got a call from the ESPN Baseball Tonight set and also got singed balls by both teams' managers, Cito Gaston and Joe Maddon, as well as Rays special assistant Rocco Baldelli.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Blue Jays place McDonald on bereavement list



Dewayne Wise is back in the big leagues less than a week after signing a minor league contract with the Blue Jays as Toronto purchased his contract after putting John McDonald on the bereavement list.

McDonald has missed the last six games to be with his father, who is gravely ill.

Wise started the season in the Phillies organization, but exercised the June 1 opt-out date on his contract and signed with the Blue Jays on Saturday. Wise played for the Blue Jays from 2000 and 2002.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Familiar surnames in draft


Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:46 am
 

Halladay's tax hit

Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay must have been bummed when he learned that the June 25-27 series between Philadelphia and Toronto would be relocated to Philly to avoid the G-20 summit in Toronto. Halladay spent 12 years pitching in Toronto and is a legend there. See some old friends, eat at his favorite restaurants, bask in adoration ... would have been a nice weekend.

But Halladay must have really been bummed when his accountant informed him that the relocation of the series would add $75,000 to his tax bill. According to the Wall Street Journal , Halladay had accumulated "excess foreign tax credits" from his time in the Great White North and now won't be able to use them to reduce his tax bill.

Fortunately, Halladay gets to sleep in his own bed that weekend, and that bed might well be stuffed with cash. He's scheduled to make $15.75 million this season.

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:51 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:19 am
 

Stephen who? Niemann throws 2-hitter



Continuing the trend of everything on June 8, 2010, mentioning Stephen Strasburg, Tampa Bay's Jeff Neimann threw a better game than Strasburg.

Niemann threw a two-hit complete game, striking out six against the Blue Jays.

Still, even Niemann couldn't avoid Strasburg.

"There was a little buzz going aroudn the dugout," Niemmann said on MLB Network. "I heard he put on a show."

What he didn't say was he needed just 114 pitches to throw nine innings -- take that Strasburg and your 94 pitches in seven.

Niemann is 6-0, while Strasburg is a measly 1-0.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 10:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:19 am
 

Toronto leaning right

The Toronto Blue Jays had a total of four first-round picks, including three in the compensation picks, and all four were used on right-handed pitchers.

The Blue Jays' first pick was Geogia Tech's Deck McGuire at 11, followed by California high schooler Aaron Sanchez (34), Texas high schooler Noah Syndergaard (38) and Asher Wojciechowski (41) from The Citadel.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

 
 
 
 
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