My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:
Some baseball pundits are endorsing Cito Gaston as a manager of the year candidate. I have to say that, despite employing strategies that baffle and flabbergast, Gaston has the Jays playing much better than I expected. I was one of those people that said the club would lose 90 games this season. The bottom line is the team is winning under Gaston this season, and the Jays icon should be recognized for that. Is he the manager of the year? I don’t think so, but he’s doing a better job than most of us give him credit for.
Yes, even yours truly isn’t immune to the hype. I picked up J.P. Arencibia in my Fantasy Baseball League last week following his two-home run debut and inserted him as my starting catcher for the week. The prized prospect promptly went 0 for the rest of the week and earned my middling fantasy team exactly zero points.
I know, I know Brandon Morrow has pitched a lot more innings this year than last year and he’s an important part of the Jays pitching staff in the future. But why sit him down for eight days after the best start of his career? Doesn’t that kill any momentum and confidence he had garnered from his near no-hitter? Why not start him on regular day’s rest and put him on a pitch count?
I can understand Rogers Sportsnet wanting to make money with their new Sportsnet One channel. We all want to make more money. But why launch this channel and take away 25 games from Jays fans starting in mid-August in the most exciting season the club has had in 17 years? Why not wait until the off-season and give fans a chance to prepare for the 2011 season? At the very least, the impact of this new station on devoted Jays followers was poorly communicated. I knew the new channel was coming but had no idea I wouldn’t be able to see 25 Jays games as a result.
Farewell to Giants legend Bobby Thomson whose pennant-winning homer (The Shot Heard ’Round the World) off of former Montreal Royal Ralph Branca on October 3, 1951 broke the hearts of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Other ex-Montreal Royals in the starting lineup for the Dodgers that day included Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Carl Furillo and Don Newcombe.