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Old 02-24-2009, 12:22 AM   #26
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Re: Toronto Blue Jays: 2009 season thread!

More like Vernon Wells has a strained gut

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Old 02-24-2009, 12:57 AM   #27
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I hope he grew up idolizing Ken Griffey Jr.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:07 AM   #28
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It's good to have a bullpen

Ohh the days of having Billy the Kid Koch, Tony Castillo, Aquilino Lopez, Kelvim Escobar making us sweat it out in the 9th
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:11 AM   #29
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Billy Koch lol. tdarko told us a great story about him. He wanted to wear number 102 on his uniform, and when asked why by team officials, he said "Because that's how hard I throw, *****!"

And now he's certifiably insane with aliens crawling under his skin. Oh, glory days.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:33 AM   #30
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Billy Koch lol. tdarko told us a great story about him. He wanted to wear number 102 on his uniform, and when asked why by team officials, he said "Because that's how hard I throw, *****!"

And now he's certifiably insane with aliens crawling under his skin. Oh, glory days.
Another great story

IIRC he was one of the final cuts in Jays camp one year and when they went to play TB in a couple days, he went, got field-level seats, wore a Rays jersey and started heckling the Jays players...lol
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:17 AM   #31
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I've just gotten through this thread for the first time. I'm going to go have good cry now.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:21 AM   #32
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IIRC he was one of the final cuts in Jays camp one year and when they went to play TB in a couple days, he went, got field-level seats, wore a Rays jersey and started heckling the Jays players...lol
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Following the 2004 season he was signed to a 1-year contract by his original team, the Toronto Blue Jays. He was released by the team during Spring Training, at which time an angry Koch announced that he would not attempt to sign with another team, so that the Blue Jays would be on the hook for 'every penny' of his $950,000 salary. As of 2007, he has not played baseball professionally since then.[2]

During Toronto's 2nd game of the season at Tampa Bay, Koch showed up at the game wearing a replica jersey of Aubrey Huff, at the time a Devil Rays player. Koch joked with the Toronto Bullpen, heckling the Blue Jays and calling one of the pitchers a "bum". Koch commented that he planned to take 240 students from his children's Tampa area grade school to the game, and planned to have them hold up a sign saying 'Go Devil Rays'.
That's pretty funny. What a nutbar.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:28 AM   #33
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Also any 2p2'ers interested if we grab 10 tickets or so for home opener?
Great idea! I'm in.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:34 PM   #34
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Jays drop their spring training opener to the Yanks 6-1. Cecil gets the nod and makes it through two innings, striking out four. Very little to report on the offensive front, with only 4 hits.

Oh yeah, and some guy named A-Rod delivered a two-run shot in his first at-bat!

In other news, Wells believes he will be back earlier than month prognosis.

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Old 02-26-2009, 05:57 PM   #35
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Cecil + Richmond put up good numbers in their battle for the 4,5 starter position. Jannseen might not be 100% since his shoulder surgery since almost 80% of pitchers with his surgery, dont come back like the past.

Snider was inches away in game 1 from a hr, he hit one today, can't wait to see him in a full season in the majors. Hopefully he can do .280 25hr 90rbis this year.. that be sick

Also we have a bunch of decent bullpen arms, with frasor camp and wolfe fighting for last spot in the pen. Personally I hope we trade BJ Ryan for 2 decent prospects then move league into closer, since we have too many good arms in the pen.

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Old 02-26-2009, 06:50 PM   #36
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I'd like to see League be the Ward to Ryans Henke tbh.

If our starters can retire comfortably after 7 innings, we have a great chance at finishing games strong with a solid 1-2 closing combination of League and Ryan imo.

Even 6 innings would be ok - considering the strength of our bullpen. (im not a huge Wolfe fan tbh)
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:44 PM   #37
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Also we have a bunch of decent bullpen arms, with frasor camp and wolfe fighting for last spot in the pen. Personally I hope we trade BJ Ryan for 2 decent prospects then move league into closer, since we have too many good arms in the pen.
I think Accardo gets a shot at closer first if BJ is gone. He did pretty well when BJ went down, and I still think League is too erratic and inconsistent.

Agree that trading BJR would be preferable.
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:12 PM   #38
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Agree that trading BJR would be preferable.
Agree also, but his contract is an albatross, especially in the current climate.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:13 PM   #39
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The Blue Jays have reportedly been considering acquiring free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera in a sign-and-trade deal with the White Sox.
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I actually think Orlando Cabrera would be a decent fit for the Jays. He certainly has the speed to lead off, and the Jays haven't had a true leadoff hitter since Devon White left.
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:14 PM   #40
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R Romero had 6 walks in 1 1/3 innings today, wtf, so much for him finishing last year off good. Cecil been pitching good in 2 innings vs phillies.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:27 PM   #41
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I actually think Orlando Cabrera would be a decent fit for the Jays. He certainly has the speed to lead off, and the Jays haven't had a true leadoff hitter since Devon White left.
I'm not too pumped about this rumour. He's a "decent fit" in the sense that Ricciardi has left this team in a pretty dire SS situation, but the prospect of O-Cab's .322 OBP in the lead-off spot is kind of grim, despite his speed. He didn't have a great time with the SBs last year anyway, going 19-6. I'd hate it if we had to give up a number-one pick, but if not, sure.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:38 PM   #42
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I'm not too pumped about this rumour. He's a "decent fit" in the sense that Ricciardi has left this team in a pretty dire SS situation, but the prospect of O-Cab's .322 OBP in the lead-off spot is kind of grim, despite his speed. He didn't have a great time with the SBs last year anyway, going 19-6. I'd hate it if we had to give up a number-one pick, but if not, sure.
Almost anything is an improvement over Marco Scutaro.

Looks like Cabrera goes to the Athletics. I've heard rumors of Bobby Crosby to the Padres now.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:33 PM   #43
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Re: Toronto Blue Jays: 2009 season thread!

Snider is looking great so far in the spring. He shouldn't be hitting 9th come the regular season. Barajas will hold that spot.

Some of the pitchers are looking alright as well. Janssen seems to be off to a good start. Cecil has been pretty solid, as has Mills. Clement supposedly hasn't looked good. Looks like the 4 and 5 spots will be Janssen and probably Richmond unless he screws up, though I'd personally like to see Cecil or Mills get the spot. There should be some depth in Triple A, in any event. The pitching situation might not be as bad as everyone is thinking. Will certainly be better than the Ohka/Zambrano/Towers year, that's for damned sure.
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:33 AM   #44
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Also any 2p2'ers interested if we grab 10 tickets or so for home opener?
I'd be interested, but I'd have to let you know for sure closer to the date.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:04 AM   #45
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Sadly, not a lot happening on the Jays front recently down in Dunedin. Jays sitting at 8-7, not that it really matters. Yankees and Rays are a couple of games ahead, while the Red Sox and O's are a couple behind.
  • Jason Lane is leading the team with 5 HR's
  • Snider hitting .361 in 36 AB with 3 HR
  • Team total of 4 SB in 16 games
  • Cecil, Maroth, Bush have all been sent down to minor-league camp
  • Arencibia, catcher of the future, is 1/12

What's the rotation looking like these days? Halladay, Litsch, Purcey, Richmond, and ... ?

On a more personal note, I'm extremely please to see that the Jays signed 2009 World Baseball Classic star and Netherlands close Leon Boyd to a minor league contract.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Blue Jays are taking a chance on one of the stars of this year's World Baseball Classic. On Wednesday, Toronto inked pitcher Leon Boyd to a Minor League contract, and he will report to the club's Minor League camp.
Boyd, 25, served as a reliever for The Netherlands in this spring's Classic, helping the country stun the Dominican Republic twice in the opening round to advance. In four games for The Netherlands, which was eliminated in the second round, the right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA, striking out four and issuing three walks in four innings.
I played ball with Boyd during high school and I follow his blog regularly. End weak brag. Anyone have an idea where someone of his age and talent will start the season off? He's been assigned directly to minor league camp, but if you followed the Dutch team at all during the WBC, you'd have noticed he struck out Hanley Ramirez, David Wright and Ryan Braun in his four appearances.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:59 PM   #46
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Sadly, not a lot happening on the Jays front recently down in Dunedin. Jays sitting at 8-7, not that it really matters. Yankees and Rays are a couple of games ahead, while the Red Sox and O's are a couple behind.
  • Jason Lane is leading the team with 5 HR's
  • Snider hitting .361 in 36 AB with 3 HR
  • Team total of 4 SB in 16 games
  • Cecil, Maroth, Bush have all been sent down to minor-league camp
  • Arencibia, catcher of the future, is 1/12

What's the rotation looking like these days? Halladay, Litsch, Purcey, Richmond, and ... ?

On a more personal note, I'm extremely please to see that the Jays signed 2009 World Baseball Classic star and Netherlands close Leon Boyd to a minor league contract.



I played ball with Boyd during high school and I follow his blog regularly. End weak brag. Anyone have an idea where someone of his age and talent will start the season off? He's been assigned directly to minor league camp, but if you followed the Dutch team at all during the WBC, you'd have noticed he struck out Hanley Ramirez, David Wright and Ryan Braun in his four appearances.

It is looking like the rotation will be Halladay, Litsch, Purcey, Mills and Richmond. They're very high on Mills. I don't see what the big deal is with Richmond. Looking at his stats from every level... they're unimpressive to say the least. Clement will possibly squeak into the rotation. There's a good chance Janssen will be in there by May if any of the bottom 2 guys falter.

I doubt Boyd will start at Triple A or anything. A ball perhaps with the possibility to move up quickly if he does well, but that's just a total guess on my part.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:02 AM   #47
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Janssen should try a new approach to his pitching, intentionally walking every batter and then picking them off of 1st (not that I think he is a bad pitcher, just that his move is by far and away the best I've ever seen from a righty if not lefties too)
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The #4-5 starter spots are gonna change alot during the season, I'd be surprised if the 4 and 5 that start with the team last more then a month before someone from Vegas comes into the mix.
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The #4-5 starter spots are gonna change alot during the season, I'd be surprised if the 4 and 5 that start with the team last more then a month before someone from Vegas comes into the mix.
Most definitely. Cecil and probably Romero will be starting at some point during the season, as will Janssen.

I really hope Clement gets the 5th spot, but it's looking less and less that way.

PS why the **** didn't they get rid of Bautista (saving 2.4 mil) and sign Ivan Rodriguez?
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Boyd for 5th starter!
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