My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:
It’s baffling to me as to why the Blue Jays have done so much to associate themselves with Roberto Alomar (given his legal woes) this season, but so little to reconnect with Carlos Delgado. It seems to me that Delgado, a Roberto Clemente Award winner for his humanitarian efforts, is the type of person you want to have representing your franchise.
For the record, I do believe that Delgado belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. You can read my column about it here: http://is.gd/m1a9w6
So who exactly is “E5” in the Blue Jays organization? Jayson Nix’s fielding percentage at 3B in 2011 is .927. Edwin Encarnacion’s fielding percentage in 2010 was .932 and Brett Lawrie has already made six errors in Triple-A Las Vegas this year.
What I love about Brett Cecil is his fire – the recently demoted left-hander wants to win desperately. What I dislike about Cecil is how hard on he is on himself. Hopefully, his trip to the minors will do him some good mentally and physically.
The Jays recently recalled veteran Chris Woodward. With Aaron Hill sidelined with a hamstring injury, no word on whether the Jays are also looking to bring back Homer Bush.
Victoria, B.C. native Rich Harden once owned the best raw stuff of any Canadian to pitch in the big leagues, and super stardom was predicted for the hard-throwing right-hander. Unfortunately, now on the 60-day disabled list again, the A’s hurler is running out of chances. If he doesn’t come back this year, he may never pitch in the big leagues again.
Another B.C. native, Jason Bay, made his 2011 regular season debut with the New York Mets on Thursday. So far, he has two doubles in eight at bats. He will need to do a lot more than that to win back disillusioned Mets fans who have questioned his heart and durability in recent weeks.
In a country where we tend to lionize our hockey heroes, it disappoints me that today’s youngsters seem to know so little about Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins. If you have a son or daughter under 20, I recommend playing this short video for them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBioKF9ezcI