My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:
If the Yankees can’t sign prize left-hander Cliff Lee, they can always pursue the second-best starting pitcher on the free agent market. That would be Carl Pavano. Wait a second, that didn’t work out very well last time, did it?
I liked the Jays’ Shaun Marcum for Brett Lawrie trade, until I saw the pictures of the 20-year-old Burnaby, B.C. native, on Deadspin. Check out the link here: http://is.gd/ioj4M. Clearly, he has a lot of growing up to do and a lot of explaining to do to his parents. He should also learn to change his Facebook settings.
Esteemed Toronto Sun baseball scribe Bob Elliott is – as the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin tweeted yesterday – becoming the Susan Lucci of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. In 2010, he was a finalist for the honour for the third consecutive year. This year, he finished second to Bill Conlin. The always classy Elliott was one of the first to congratulate Conlin on Twitter.
Odds are that Victoria, B.C. native Rich Harden will be pitching out of the bullpen next year. If I was a betting man, I would put money on him landing in Seattle on a staff with fellow Canadian Erik Bedard. Seattle is also a rumoured destination for Vancouver-born lefty Jeff Francis.
Yes, I want Alex Anthopoulos to succeed as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. The most scathing e-mails I receive are those from angry Jays fans when I question one of Anthopoulos’s decisions. For the record, I think he’s a doing fine job. He works hard and is very thorough. I’m just not ready to anoint him the next Theo Epstein yet. Anthopoulos stockpiles talent as well as anyone, but I would like to see him concentrate more on addressing team needs (e.g. first base, third base, bullpen).
Reports indicate the Jays have mild interest in ex-Dodgers catcher Russell Martin. The former all-star is one of the most charismatic and likable Canadian ballplayers, but I’m still hoping that J.P. Arencibia will be the Jays’ starting catcher in 2011.
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