My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:
First A-Rod watches a called third strike to end the ALCS and then Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is rung up on the last pitch of the NLCS. I know it’s not easy to hit big league pitching, but these guys aren’t paid millions to leave their bats on their shoulders with their teams’ seasons on the line.
In picking up Jose Molina’s contract option, the Jays might have made their most important off-season transaction. The veteran catcher worked magic with future ace Brandon Morrow and should be an excellent mentor for J.P. Arencibia in 2011.
Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Puhl (Melville, Sask.) is torn about whom to cheer for in the World Series. The 2010 Fall Classic pits two of his ex-1980 Astros teammates against each other: Nolan Ryan (Rangers president) and Bruce Bochy (Giants manager).
The fact that discussions with Blue Jays batting coach Dwayne Murphy are taking this long leads me to believe that he might not be back in 2011, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, the Jays topped the majors in home runs this season and Jose Bautista enjoyed a campaign for the ages. But Adam Lind and Aaron Hill saw their production plummet and the team on-base percentage was a lowly .312 (12th in the American League).
Trivia question: Who is the oldest living ex-Toronto Blue Jay? My friends from Baseball-Fever.com say it is Ron Fairly, who is now 72 years old. Fairly hit 19 home runs and was the Jays all-star representative in their inaugural 1977 campaign.
Is it just me or has Edgar Renteria amassed the quietest 2,000 hits in big league history? Believe it or not, the Giants shortstop has 2,252 career regular season hits.
I would like to see the Giants win the World Series for longtime Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and SABR member Andrew North. The long-suffering Giants aficionado is one of the unheralded volunteers at the Hall of Fame who gives selflessly of his time and knowledge. He’s an encyclopedia of baseball knowledge and can tell the story of Fred Merkle’s famous bonehead play in 1908 better than anyone I’ve ever heard.
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