Hey, welcome to the Live Baseball Chat and a Happy 41st Birthday to one of my favourite Blue Jays Carlos Delgado who will be honoured at the Rogers Centre on July 21. Here we go.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:00:14 PM
i know everyone in toronto (i blame it on hockey mentality) loves kawasaki for his 'heart' and the way he affects chemistry on the team,
but i think there is actually an argument to be made that he deserves to stay up because of her PERFORMANCE. he is 5th on the team in both OBP and WAR, he was also a late inning defensive substitute at 2b in seattle.
i feel he deserves the 2b spot over bonifacio at this moment.
by Ryan Yu6/25/2013 4:00:25 PM
I don't agree that he deserves the 2B spot over Bonifacio right now but I do think that he deserves to remain with the big league club. No team should carry eight relievers so the Jays could easily cut back to seven now that the starters are going deeper into games. Kawasaki could start occasionally up the middle and be there in case Reyes is nt quite 100-percent yet.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:02:15 PM
Great interview with Adam Lind. Thank you! Adam looks to have matured in the last year not just as a player but also as a person. His candidness around Gibby and Farrell was interesting. Not reading too much into it, but Gibby looks to be a good influence his second time around with an older Lind. My question is around Rasmus. His personality seems to have benefitted having Gibby rather than Farrell and perhaps that's why he's putting together a good campaign. Perhaps it's the Southern "charm" like when Colby gelled with Mathis but Rasmus looks to be much more comfortable than with Farrell's micro managing style.
by Tim M6/25/2013 4:02:19 PM
I think the key is that many players are more comfortable with Gibbons style than Farrell's micro-managing style. Rasmus and Lind are keys to any continuing success. Sure there are bigger stars, but baseball needs everyone contributing and Lind is a perfect example of a guy regaining his confidence.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:03:55 PM
Thanks for the perspective on Buck Martinez and how he stacks up against other broadcasters. As you point out we've certainly been lucky in Canada with our baseball tv and radio folks. I still cringe when we used to get the occasional White Sox games with Hawk Harrelson and Tom Paciorek. For those who think Buck and Jack are homers they should have listened to those Sox games! Isn't Hawk the guy who fired La Russa and Dombrowski during his one season as GM of the White Sox? Genius! (Still miss Dan Shulman though).
by Tim M6/25/2013 4:04:01 PM
As Buck reminded me the other day, the Jays -- and before that the Expos -- are national broadcasts and telecasts and as such there are fans of many teams, the key being they are all fans of baseball. I think balance is better than making excuses for the home team and saying we and us all the time.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:05:20 PM
The Blue Jays don't seem to have a true stopper in the rotation the like in past with Doc, Steib, Stewart, Morris, etc. How important is that to the team? Dickey was probably it, but doesn't fit the mold and looks to have an up and down season. The 11 game streak was great, but what happens when they lose 5-6 in a row and need that horse to put the team on his shoulders? Should this be a priority for AA if not at the deadline then at season end?
by Tim M6/25/2013 4:05:25 PM
In case you missed it: The Jays bullpen recreates the famous scene from Bull Durham.
by TORONTO STAR edited by Toronto Star6/25/2013 4:05:53 PM
I see that as a common thread through Canadian sports. The "Whats happens when we lose xx" question. There is a sense of fatlistic future failure that clouds our view of all local sports teams. In any case, the Jays have come this far without a starting ace and I still think Dickey has a chance to be that guy. Johnson is pitching well and I always thought Morrow had a chance. But if someone does step up it will help their chances.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:07:33 PM
Is Melky a liability in the field and should he be put on the DL to heal? With Reyes back, the Jays will have their true leadoff hitter and Rajai and perhaps Boni can fill in. Just hate to see Melky get any worse with the long season and the dog days of summer still to come.
by Tim M6/25/2013 4:07:40 PM
He had MRIs on both his legs and they are continuing to let him play. Yes he is a liability in the field, but as long as he swings the bat to the point Gibbons feels he is helping the offence, he will continue to hobble thrugh 7 innings. When they have the lead it's Rajai or Bonifacio.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:08:59 PM
Love Mune, but believe you just can't have enough pitching. The bench will still have Rajai and perhaps Boni depending on who is playing so speed will still be there. Buffalo is only a short ride away to spell Reyes if needed. Only situation to keep Mune is if Reyes can't go the full nine or night/day games. But if that's the case, perhaps he should be conditioning more in the minors without risking further injury?
by Tim M6/25/2013 4:09:05 PM
I don't agree with the "not enough pitching" when you are talking about "quantity". I think Jays relievers if there were seven instead of eight would thrive on the extra work. Right now there's guys like Perez and McGowan who don't get enough work. An extra position player is the way to go.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:10:32 PM
I'm still not sold on the Bosox or the Yankees. At the end of the season, I think it will be the Jays, Rays and Orioles in the hunt in the AL East. Do the Jays have an advantage over these two teams? As much as I like him, remember, it's Gibby vs. Showalter and Maddon!
by Tim M6/25/2013 4:10:36 PM
I'm with you on the Yankees and I'm hoping you're right on the Red Sox. But the Jays are as deep as any of those teams and they all have flaws. It's a deep division, but no longer do the Red Sox and Yankees dominate the landscape.
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:11:37 PM
Eric Thames was DFA recently, was the Thames Delabar trade one of the more lopsided trades in recent memory?
by GeneChiu6/25/2013 4:11:50 PM
I think it's still a little early to say, but Delabar has added value in that he brought his special weighted balls program with him and introduced Cecil and mCGowan and it looks like it will be many other teammates to the benefits of heavy balls. Did I say that right??
by Richard Griffin6/25/2013 4:13:17 PM
Hey Rich, I was able to catch Saturday's Bison's game to see Reyes. I hear he is set to return Wednesday night, should we expect to see him back in MLB form?
by 416_Sports6/25/2013 4:13:28 PM
It didn't work s well for Lawrie when they rushed him back in April, but Reyes had more innate skills that would need less time to find their groove. He shoud be back in mid-season form much more quickly