I know that this isn’t the Jays, but it is still news in the MLB so i decided I’d touch on it. Sunday night, in the first inning, to Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper in the back with a 90 some MPH. Harper took his base, got to third on a single and then stole home on a pickoff attempt at first.
It was after the game when things got interesting. Hamels, who was also hit by the Nats in the first inning, openly stated that he hit Harper intentionally. Most people new this would cause a suspension and the MLB doled out a 5 game punishment (with an undisclosed fine) to Cole. On monday, Rizzo, the Nats GM made this statement to the washinton post. “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless [expletive] act in my 30 years in baseball, Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.” Then, today, the MLB announced that they were fining Rizzo for this statement.
Bias as i may be, as a Nats fan, but i think that this is crazy. Cole Hamels went out and decided to hit Harper, with no warning, and for hardly any reason, and the only real punishment he gets is a fine. Sure, he is suspended five games, but the only difference that makes for him is to move back a start by one day! I think that what Cole did was innapropriate and stupid, and that the MLB should take a bigger stance on this then a 1 day delay to Hamels’ next start. Also, I don’t see why the Nats GM was fined. Sure, he stuck his nose into the leugues business like he’s not supposed to do, but everything he said made sense and was reasonable, the oppisite of hitting someone you have neverr faced before with a first pievtch fastball.
The Jays start at 10 today in oakland, more to come on that soon.
Yesterday evening, during Yankees bating pratice, Mariano Rivera was feilding during batting practice to stay fit, when he collapsed going for a ball. All though originally reported as a torn ACL, the Yankees now say on their website that it is a ‘right knee injury”. Although may people say that this is likely the end of his career, Mo seems to think otherwise. Rivera explained that he does not want it to end like this, and even if this is the end of the season, he will be back in 2013.
In Jays news, Morrow obtained a shutout yesterday against the Angels, to complete a 5-0 win. Play in game 2 has just begun. The Jays are now 15-11.
It has been a long, long time since i have last posted and a lot has happened, sorry for the delay, but posts will get back to regular now.
After an interesting 12-10 start, including a four game sweep of Kansas and getting swept by Baltimore, the jays are facing Yu Darvish and the Rangers right now. The score is 4-1 in the top of 7 (updates to come).
One thing is clear for the Jays this year, if they want to do well, they have to be able to beat the weaker teams that they have done well against in the past. Giving up easy games ay very well be the teams dowfall this year.
In other MLB news, 19 year old Bryce Harper has started his play for the Nationals. In his first game, he got a double and a sac fly. Washington is hoping the 1st overall draft pick in 2010 will pay off.
***FINAL: 4-1 Texas. W: Darvish (4-0) L: Drabek (2-2) SV: Nathan (6)***
After giving up 6 runs n the first 3 innings the jays would slowly come back inning by inning. However, The 5 runs scored were not enough to top the Rays.
The Jays are against Tampa tonight as well before the Astros come to town tommorow.
The Jays game in Detroit was rained out yesterday as well as three other games across the MLB. The Makeup date is set for June 27th.
Also, hall of famer and Twins legend Harmon Killebrew died yesterday morning of cancer. He was 74.
Tonight the jays play Tampa and can hopefully extend that win streak to 7. GO JAYS!
Last night, the Tigers were up by 1 at the start of the 7th when I posted my first post of the season. In the top of that inning the jays scored 1 run to tie the game. The Jays rallied in the 8th to score three more runs (Bautista, Encarnacion and Hill). The Tigers got one more run in the bottom of the 9th but it wasn’t enough and the Jays one 4-2. The 6th win in a row.
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It’s been awhile but I’ve finnaly decided to start posting again. It’s been an up and down year so far for the Jays, right now they are tied for third with boston, both teams having a 20-20 average.
The best average in the game right now is the Cleveland Indians at .649 but a lot can change before October comes calling.
Jose Bautista has the most home runs so far even with his neck injury putting him out for a series. If that stands the management may well have gotten their 6.5 billion a year worth.
At the moment the Jays are down 1-0 to the Tigers in the 7th but hopefully they can still win that.
In the next few days I will list three potential line-ups for the Jays in 2011 (excluding pitchers). Below is the first.
LF: Fred Lewis
CF: Vernon Wells
1B: Adam Lind
2B: Aaron Hill
3B: John MacDonald
SS: Yunel Escobar
C: J.P. Arencibia
DH: Any Ideas?
Remember to keep looking for more line-ups.
In my opinion the Jays trading Marcum was one of the stupidest trades in the past decade of Jays history at least. Even if they do get Greinke, which it now looks like they won’t, you don’t trade a high end pitcher for a minor league prospect regardless of how good youthink he will get. Now, all that has to happen is, Lawrie gets a career ruining injury and you’ve lost a perfectly good pitcher for nothing. That’s just an example but something like that could happen. If the Jays don’t get Greinke or any other decent pitcher soon the Jays will enter 2011 spring training with a very weak pitching staff.
All i can say is,
Good luck with the beer men Marcum.
I have came out of my sulking that the Jays blew another well started season to talk about the World Series. Starting Wednesday two teams who have never won the World Series in the city they are now in will battle for the ultimate baseball crown. San Francisco who has not one a world series since the big move from New York and Texas who had never even been in the ALCS.
Also, the manager rage is heating up. Who will it be?