Time to Trade Overbay?

Lyle Overbay has been part of the Blue Jays success for quite some time now, however maybe a bit too long. For a first baseman, Lyle has not been hitting the way he should. He only has 12 home runs and get grounded out quite a bit now. Personally I think the Blue Jays need a everyday first baseman that can handle right handed pitchers as well as left handed pitchers. I think this offseason J.P. has quite a bit to do. I understand that the Blue Jays are under financial difficulties, but giving up Rios cleared money for the future of the Toronto Blue Jays. Its time!

*-Steve

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Bronx Bombers to Fall Apart Through Playoffs?

Baseball Fans,

I know I am only a Blue Jays perspective, however throughout the years of watching the playoffs, {without the Blue Jays involved} I always wanted the Red Sox to beat the Yankees because the Yankees have always been a rival of the Blue Jays and espiecially with what A-Rod did to Howie Clark at third base 2 years ago, I have no respect for them. This year the Yankees have been better than ever, but how long will it last? You have to put into perspective that Chien Ming-Wang is out with season ending surgery and Sergio Mitre not as a quality starter as the other 4. To be honest, the Yankees are a dominating team this year but I still don’t this this will last through the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Rays or Philledolphia Phillies will beat them to it.

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Tom Henke Figurine Day @ Rogers Centre Sun/Aug/9/09

tom_henke_150x180.jpgTomorrow marks Tom Henke Figurine Day at Rogers Centre.
This weekend this the celebration of the Blue Jays World Series Champions back in 92′ & 93′.
2310404575_f04bea6df0.jpgThe Blue Jays will take on the Orioles with Roy Halladay facing  Brian Matusz in the rubber match.

This will be an interesting game will Halladay taking the mound and not only will we Jays fans come hope with a win {hopefully} we will come home with Tom Henke if you know what I mean.

An Historic Night at Rogers Centre as Blue Jays Honor the 1992 & 1993 World Series Champions

Yesterday Night (Friday, August 7, 2009) was the first night of the honoring of 1992 – 1993 World Series Champions at Rogers Centre. Friday Night not only honored the staff and players of the World Series Champions in 92′ and 93′ but also reunited them with each other. To toss the first pitch was Manager Cito Gaston.
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 Cito was reunited with former Blue Jays players such as:
Joe Carter
Roberto Alomar
John Olerud
Pat Hengten
Tom Henke
Pat Borders, and many more, the whole team in fact (except for some who rest in peace).

It was a night of memories for Blue Jay players as they remember the “Back to Back” World Series Titles.
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The question is can they do it again?
With a loss to Baltimore
yesterday night, this year the Jays have no hope espiecially with all
their injuries, but how about next year. We just have to wait and see…

B.J. Ryan Released by Cubs. . . Agian?

When B.J. Ryan first came to Toronto from Baltimore back in 2006, it was a promising job he had here as a closer. Coming from Baltimore, he had a lot of experience on his hands and was really good at his job. . .that’s until 2007 season came. Ryan reportedly had Tommy John Surgery done in his elbow because of torn ligaments. On July 8th 2009, it was made official that B.J. Ryan did not have a job with the Blue Jays anymore. With the way things were going Riccardi felt he had to pull the trigger and release him, although I disagree. I feel that Riccardi could of traded him to a team that was in need for pitching staff (LA ANGELS, LA DODGERS, CUBS). At least if Riccardi had traded him, he would of got something in return like a draft pick or a player to be named later, but by simply releasing him Riccardi has to pay the debt on his contract with nothing in return. A few days later, the Chicago Cubs reportedly signed Ryan on a Minor Leauge Contract.
697107.jpgIn Chicaago things did not go so well. He started with the minors and had problems already. On Wednesday August 5, Ryan told the Cubs he wanted to be released because of hard time in pitching and he knew things wouldnt get better too easily.
I am sure Ryan is going to take this offseason to regroup agian and see what he can pull off next season.
If theres one thing I noticed, Ryan hasn’t been the same eversince Tommy John Surgery.

*-Steve
   

Should the Blue Jays start Re-building?

It has been quite some time now that we have seen the Toronto Blue Jays make the playoffs and contend for the World Series. In my perspective, every year the Blue Jays either start the year off very well and fall through the standings, or have a horrible first have and accelerate through the second. This year we fall under scenario #1. I n the first half of this 2009 season the Blue Jays were at the top of the standings for the better part of 3 and a half months. If I was J.P. Riccardi, I would start little by little trading some older veterans on this Jays squad for some draft picks and or younger players. In a way he is off to a good start by trading Scott Rolen to the Reds for some youngster pitching and Edwin Encarnacion. under-construction-sign.jpgThe Jays already have the foundation for a young pitching staff, with all these unexpected injures. Looking towards the future, the only way I see another World Series Championship Banner in Rogers Centre is by starting a younger club. Remember, it has been proven by the Tampa Ba Rays that by having a new look as a team does change your chemistry as a team and change the standings. Rewind back to 2001 – 2005. The Rays were almost the worst in all of baseball, now competing agian for a World Series. 


Will J.P. Riccardi be GM of the Jays Next Year?

oct1408-beeston.jpgHey Jays Fans,

Recently I was listening to Prime Time Sports,
and I heard that Paul Beaston (In term President)  has found a new
President to replace him for the upcoming 2010 season. Its not known of
who this so called “New President” is however the staff and most certainly players might look
different next year.

With a new President, he might look for a new GM
for Toronto to have a new look. It has already been determined that
J.P. Riccardi and Cito Gaston’s contract expire the end of next season,
no telling if they will extend Cito’s contract, that we will just have
to wait and see.

Be sure to comment on any of my blogs you’ve read!

*-Steve