The first Blue Jays game I distinctly remember attending took place on September 27th, 1998. It was John Fowler’s birthday and the Tigers were in town. I was 11. I had been to the Skydome before, of course – my grandfather was a baseball nut, and I can remember he and I traversing down Peter Street to get to the Dome, vendors hawking peanuts and, after ‘92, pennants. Or was it after ‘93? Though I must have attended dozens of games with my grandpa Jack, those early memories have a tendency to blend together after a while. So the first Blue Jays game that I can definitely say that I attended was that Sunday afternoon in late September.
This is the last week of activity before the winter meetings begin on the ninth. GM's are seeing if they can get something done before the meetings or if it will have to wait.
Today, Monday, is the non-tender deadline whereby teams have to decide if they are willing to offer arbitration to their eligible players. Some players will be non-tendered but there may not be many decent starting pitchers or catchers among the non-tendered. The Jays biggest decision is whether to offer arbitration to JP Arencibia, I assume they will.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Jays have agreed to sign Dioner Navarro on a two year deal. I believe the reports on him are good bat, less than good defense. We will see.
While Blockbuster Video is disappearing the Blockbuster trade just showed up. Two big money contracts were just traded for each other, Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler. The trade makes positional sense for both teams, Texas used Mitch Moreland at first base this season and they had three players for two infield spots. The trade helps them at first base while opening a spot for Jurickson Profar at second.
Detroit lose a first baseman and free up some cash. The rumour is that Miggy Cabrera will move over to first with Kinsler on second. But the big reason for this trade might be to free up some cash to re-sign Max Scherzer.
Another week and a new thread for offseason chatter.
I received a copy of the new Davidi/Lott book this week from the publisher for review. I read it in three days, in part because it is not a very lengthy read, the book is 180 page of print plus 16 pages of photographs, and in part because it is an easy read.
When I first heard that this book was on its way I wondered what kind of book would it be? There are those books that are essentially diaries of the season, a day by day or week by week summary of the season that was. Then there are the books that are about the team, the players and staff, more than they are about the season. These books rely on interesting characters to provide the backbone of the book. Finally there are the insider exposes, a tell-all of sorts, as in here is what really happened behind the scenes.
I also wondered whether the authors were able to breach the secretive world of the Anthopoulos front office, would he open up for the sake of history?