My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):
Being Bud Selig’s second-hand man from 1997 to 2002, Paul Beeston should still have some clout in the commissioner’s office. If I’m Beeston, I’m doing everything I can to ensure that the Jays have a home game on Canada Day every season moving forward. With 45,512 on hand at the Rogers Centre on Friday, the atmosphere was electric.
Has Yankees manager Joe Girardi stopped changing pitchers yet? In his team’s 5-1 win on Friday, he used seven pitchers in a nine-inning game. It’s no wonder it’s getting harder to get kids to watch baseball. Using this number of pitchers is a ridiculous waste of time – not to mention over-managing at its finest.
Two Canadian big leaguers celebrated Canada Day in style: Rich Harden (Victoria, B.C.) recorded his first win of the season in his 2011 debut and Matt Stairs (St. John, N.B.) had the game-winning hit for the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth.
I still don’t understand the Jays’ decision to release DeWayne Wise from his Triple-A contract on June 9. Isn’t Wise exactly the kind of late-inning defensive replacement the Jays need for their outfield? There’s little doubt that Wise would’ve caught the ball that Juan Rivera botched in the ninth-inning on Friday.
Congratulations to Chris Leroux (Montreal, Que.) who was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Canada Day. The 6-foot-6 right-hander pitched a scoreless inning in his 2011 debut with the Pirates against the Nationals today.
It’s inevitable that a worthy player or two will be left off of the all-star squad each year. But anyone who has watched Jays ace Ricky Romero this season knows that he should be making the trek to Arizona for the midsummer classic. It’s appalling to me that ex-Jay Brandon League was named to the team ahead of Romero.
Now that Jays legend Tom Henke is in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, isn’t it time for his No. 50 to be added to the Blue Jays Level of Excellence at the Rogers Centre?