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In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today, the Blue Jays.
It was 1:05, and I turned on the TV to see that, finally, gloriously, spring training baseball has begun. MLB Network had Blue Jays vs. Pirates.
It was the Blue Jays feed, so here are my thoughts on them:
1) They essentially had a opening-day starting lineup to start off (with the exception of the starting pitcher, Aaron Sanchez), which is nice. Some teams will almost never have a opening-day lineup during Spring Training until the very end, but the Blue Jays have gotten down to business quick.
2) Russell Martin was starting his first pseudo-game in a Blue Jays uniform, and it was against his former team. Funny how that always happens. He made a nice defensive play in the first inning throwing out Sean Rodriguez on a full-swing bunt from his knees, although Justin Smoak definitely had to reach a bit to get the ball.
3) Aaron Sanchez gave up a 3-run, 2-out HR to Pedro Alvarez. Whoops. That probably wasn’t part of his plan. Then again, it should have ended the batter before, but Josh Donaldson botched picking up a ball. And that is why they have Spring Training, folks!
Jose Bautista loses his first hit to shift this year, liner up middle turns into 4-3 in three-up, three-down B1 for Casey Sadler.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 3, 2015
Yeah, that happened. And it will happen again. Well, the lost hits due to shift.
5) Technical difficulties hit MLB Network at like 1:23. It gets all pixelly and stuff. This is an issue.
6) At 1:25, it got better. Praise the cable gods!
7) Aaron Sanchez has Pat Hentgen’s number.
@AnswerDave …. I KNEW SOMETHING WAS BOTHERING ME
— Dan J. Glickman (@DanJGlickman) March 3, 2015
8) Aaron Sanchez, who had a 1.09 ERA in 24 relief appearances last year, is knocked out in the second inning, down 5-0. Maybe he’s not made to be a starter, or maybe IT’S JUST THE FIRST SPRING TRAINING GAME AND WE SHOULDN’T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS!
9) Through two innings, the Blue Jays are hitless, which totally means they won’t get a single hit all this season. And we thought the Phillies would be bad.
10) Jung-Ho Kang hits his first professional North American home run for the Pirates, making it 6-0. It was off Marco Estrada. The Blue Jays have yet to throw a scoreless inning this pre-season. This means absolutely nothing.
11) Every time Kevin Pillar comes up, I think he’s Kevin Millar. I had a similar problem with Ryan Roberts and Brian Roberts. Oh, and as I typed that, Kevin Pillar hit a 2-run home run, so Toronto won’t get shut-out on the preseason. Good for him.
12) If Dalton Pompey (said like “Pompeii”) doesn’t have that song by Bastille play every time he comes to the plate, something is wrong. He makes a nice steal after reaching base on a single.
13) I miss the end of the third ending making myself a late lunch. The Blue Jays make it 6-3. I wasn’t watching and thus cannot comment. Apologies.
14) Realizing I have other stuff I need to do, I decide I will cap this at 15.
15) Dalton Pompey makes a nice sliding catch in left field in the 5th inning. Later in that same inning, he loses a ball in the sun or something and it falls in for a RBI double. Baseball is a cruel mistress. And thus ends my observations of the Toronto Blue Jays in their first Spring Training game.
Danny Ainge was an All-Star with the Boston Celtics, and later would become an award-winning executive for them after he hung up the uniform. But before he started his professional basketball career, the BYU grad had a short career with the Blue Jays. Go below the jump to see his major league and minor league stats:
Baseball headlines from around the world, courtesy of The Newseum
Story: Melky Cabrera signs with Toronto Blue Jays
Saturday (Toronto) Star: Here’s to a good year- Reported signing of Melky Cabrera caps week of impact moves for Jays
Toronto Sun: JAYS JUICED- New York who? Good luck in Boston Farrell. Orioles, Rays… meet the Jays, the new BEASTS of the East!
Story: World Baseball Classic Qualifiers Continue
La Estrella de Panama: Canaleros no pueden perder otro juego (Translation: The Canal-Men cannot lose another game)
La Prensa (Panama City, Panama): Panamá se juega la vida (Panama is playing for their lives)
La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua): Colombia gana con autoridad (Colombia wins with authority)
(The headline I could find from Colombia was very generic, essentially saying the score, who they beat, and what the event they were taking part in was. Therefore, I’m not including it)
The planned “Off-Topic Tuesday” has been cancelled due to a shocking mega-trade: the Marlins have done it again. In their long history of firesales, they may have outdone themselves, trading almost every notable player they have not named Giancarlo Stanton, Ricky Nolasco or Logan Morrison for a bunch of prospects. Perhaps in a few years, should those prospects rise to become a good core, we will think this shrewd. However, right now, there are a few things to be noted:
1. Baseball in Miami has once again sustained a major wound.
2. They’ve alienated the one genuine star they have left:
Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple
— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
3. The Blue Jays are now a legitimate power in the American League East, which will be even more of a madhouse than it was in 2012.