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"Joe Carter was the RBI machine of his generation". So said coliver in MED's Hall of Famers thread. Now I don't want to pick on coliver; this type of comment is frequently made about Joe. But is it right? Was Joe Carter a uniquely good RBI man? If so, despite the fashion among analysts to deride RBI at the expense of other metrics, it might be a good reason to revisit our opinions of Touch 'Em All Joe.
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The Toronto Star reports that Halladay was named Blue Jay Pitcher of the Year, while slugger Carlos Delago was named Blue Jay Player of the Year. Seeing as Halladay won the AL Cy Young and Delgado finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting, these come as no surprise.
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Easily the most significant long-term Blue Jay lost this offseason was Kelvim Escobar.
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Genius from The Late Show With David Letterman last night: Top Ten Things I'd Like To Get Off My Chest Now That I'm in the Baseball Hall of Fame (As presented by Paul Moliter and Dennis Eckersley)

Yes, they were really there. Yes, Molly openly flirted with Eck. (Molitor presented 10-8-6-4-2 ... see especially 10 and 6) ... Molitor mentions the Blue Jays by extension in explaining what he did with his '93 World Series ring.

Let's start a "Top Things I Want to Get Off My Chest Now that I'm in the Baseball Hall of Fame" discussion on behalf of ... well, everyone. Here's the opening pitch:

"Since I retired, I've been working on it ... and now I actually can break a pane of glass with my fastball." -- Phil Niekro
John Sickels' latest Down on the Farm piece features the Jays' own Dustin McGowan and describes him as "one of the top pitching prospects in baseball."
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At long last Baseball America reviewed the Jays 2003 minor leaguers, and how their top 10 prospects from 2002 fared in 2003. The Jays were the last team to be review by BA; it's one of the disadvantages of being last alphabetically in all of baseball.

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Is he here to replace Lurch?

As first reported by R Billie and confirmed by Donkit R.K. in the hijack thread, the Blue Jays have signed righthander Terry Adams to a one year deal for $1.7M. According to his scouting report on, Terry is a severe ground ball pitcher who features a straight, low-90s fastball and a sharp slider, and must keep both offerings low in the strike zone.

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[NOTE : This marks the debut (and a test) for a new feature at Batter's Box, in which ex-Blue Jays are remembered by the Bauxites. We'll put up new threads for the offseason's other ex-Jays over the next few days.]

I find myself strangely affected by the departure of Tom Wilson, who was claimd on waivers by the San Diego Padres today after the Jays signed Chris Gomez.
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Thanks go out to Smirnoff, Glaswegian, and MatO for the heads up.

The Globe and Mail reports that the Jays have signed righty reliever Terry Adams to a 1-year 1.7 million dollar contract and shortstop Chris Gomez to a 1-year $750,000 contract. To make room for the two, Pete Walker has been desginated for assignment and Tom Wilson has been picked up on waivers by the Padres.
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With the old Hijack Central now well off the home page, I'll risk the wrath of the gods and post a new one.

I'll lead off... according to Baseball America, Alexis Rios has been named the MVP of the Puerto Rican Winter League. Rios hit .348 with 12 HR, slugged .684 and had 37 RBI (in 40 games). The slugging and RBI figures led the league.
It's official -- the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame are former Blue Jay Paul Molitor and former Blue Jay nemesis Dennis Eckersley. The right results? Was there a blatant oversight? And whose hat will Molitor be obliged to wear? Let the debates begin!

And don't blame me ... I voted for Kodos.
As commish of the BBFL, I don't want to be too dictatorial. However I've decided to impose a little structure to this off-season, so we can get the ball rolling.
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The greatness of's Page 2 -- the bane of all sports fans who really should be getting work done -- has unabashedly (and without credit) ripped off The Sporting News' Annual Best Sports City rankings.

The Page 2 Crew simply asks the question, "Which pro sports city had the best year?" and says "We devised a scoring method, punched in the numbers and produced a winner."

The winner? Indianapolis. (Indianapolis??) Apparently it was a good year for the U.S. Midwest farm states as Kansas City and St. Louis were also in the top four. Toronto was the top-ranked non-U.S. city ... but don't get out your Cheer Club Banners yet. It was also the only non-U.S. city ranked, and the only non-U.S. city eligible to be ranked. has updated its rankings of how teams have improved this offseason. Philadelphia maintains its #1 status followed by Baltimore and Boston, while last place deservedly belongs to Pittsburgh, whose marquee signing is the illustrious Daryle Ward.

Toronto dropped from third to ninth in the new rankings. generally limits its comments to recent activity, offering the tepid observation that there’s “no harm adding a left-hander to the bullpen” in reference to Valerio de los Santos.
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Mike Gullo of The Minors First has released his 4th annual ranking of the Top 100 Minor Leaguers (Thanks to Steve Z, who initially linked to this in the Hijack thread). Mike describes his ranking philosophy as a little more results oriented than some lists and I do give slightly greater weight to the likelihood of players reaching their potential. I don't consider this just a list rating players' ceilings.
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