The Walking Wounded

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the start of the 2012 baseball season full of promise and optimism. The Blue Jays posted a franchise best Grapefruit league record and the inception of the extra wild card spot seemed to play right into the Jays hand. The Blue Jays squad boasted top notch talent and a youthful exuberance and it seemed very realistic that the Jays could keep par with the big boys of the AL East.

Then the season started……….

What proceeded to happen over the next 5 months could not have been scripted even in the minds of the most skeptical of Jay’s fans.

The likes of Sergio SantosBrandon MorrowKyle DrabekDrew HutchisonDustin McGowanJesse Litsch and Luis Perez all suffered serious season ending injuries with the exception of Morrow who is poised to return to the Jays rotation after rehabbing from a left oblique strain that has kept him shelved since June 11th. Continue reading

The Trade Deadline Winners, Losers and The Blue Jays

The major league baseball trade deadline has come and gone and there are a number of players donning new digs around the circuit.

There were some obvious winners, losers and then there was the Toronto Blue Jays who traded away perennial prospect and fan favorite Travis Snider to the Pittsburgh Pirates for bullpen help in the likes of Brad Lincoln. Snider was pulled off the field in the 7th inning of Monday night’s contest and advised of the trade.

In an emotional scene Snider was observed hugging and saying goodbye to his team-mates in the dugout when the destination or player return was still unknown by many.

A short time after the Snider deal, his spring training counterpart in left field Eric Thames was also dealt to the Seattle Mariners for yet another relief pitcher in Steve Delabar. Continue reading

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE RICKY RO

www.baseballhotcorner.comThe Toronto Blue Jays are currently fighting a losing battle for a wild card berth in the tough American League East. The Jays have faced a slew of injuries that have decimated their pitching staff from the likes of Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchinson, Kyle Drabek, Sergio Santos and Luis Perez.

The Blue Jays acclaimed ace Ricky Romero is one of the few starters who have not visited the infirmary this season.

However in a turn of events nobody could have predicted Romero has lost the ability to get major league hitters out and his confidence appears shelled. In his last start Romero only lasted 1.1 innings surrendering 8 runs and issuing 6 free passes enroute to the worst shut-out loss in Blue Jays history, a 16-0 loss to the hands of the Oakland Athletics. The game became so bad that veteran catcher Jeff Mathis pitched the ninth inning. Continue reading

Could Justin Upton Be Headed North of the Border?

www.baseballhotcorner.comThe Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos is known in the Jays sub-culture as the “Silent Assassin”. Anthopoulos works in complete silence and preys on General Managers looking to shop disgruntled players who have fallen out of the good graces of their manager.

Case in point July 14th, 2010 Anthopoulos acquired the swagger filled shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for an aging Alex Gonzales, Tyler Pastornicky and Tim Collins. Escobar desperately needed a change of scenery after being criticized for not hustling and his inability to grasp the English language.

Escobar put on his big boy pants and happily came to Toronto and rejuvenated his career in 2011.

Almost a year to the day Anthopoulos uses the White Sox as a prop to lure Colby Rasmus from the grips of the evil Tony Larussa Empire. Continue reading

Snider Is Finally Freed

Baseball Hot CornerLUNCHBOX LANDING:

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider finally made his season debut in left field after toiling in Las Vegas for nearly four months much to the dismay of Blue Jays Nation.

The call-up was spearheaded after Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos completed a 10 player trade with the Houston Astros sending bullpen castaway Francisco Cordero and the sporadically used Ben Francisco to Houston with a boat load of prospects.

In return pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter with be donning the Jays colours north of the border.

The complexion of the Jays lineup will now feature Snider, Rasmus and speedster Anthony Gose manning the outfield until the return of slugger Jose Bautista.  Rajai Davis will return to the bench and will be primarily used as a pinch runner and 4th outfielder moving forward. Continue reading