Lefty Zach Jackson is back in the Blue Jays fold thanks to a trade with Cleveland. The Indians will be receiving a player to be named later in the deal.
... should you choose to accept it, is really quite simple. Doc's gone. Sure, we don't know (at this writing) which of the six hundred seventy-seven versions of the trade we've heard about will (have) happen(ed) ... but we gotta do something about the banner that flies high above the Batter's Box masthead.
We need your suggestions ...
Unless they re-sign free agent Rod Barajas, the Toronto Blue Jays will have a new catching tandem in 2010. Jordan Bastian from bluejays.com says the team decided to non-tender Raul Chavez, making him a free agent. He was the Blue Jays only arbitration-eligible player who was not offered a contract.
Here's a thought experiment for Bauxites bored on a lazy December afternoon ...
You know how there are some players you can't think of without automatically thinking of another player at the same time? Maybe it's a double play combination (Trammell & Whitaker) ... Maybe it's a couple of middle-of-the-order guys (Bench & Perez) ... maybe it's a battery (hmmm ... nothing coming right to mind -- Ferrell & Sewell long ago, but who knows that combination these days?) ... Maybe it's a manager and a coach. And it doesn't have to be just two guys (Maddux, Glavine & Smoltz, anyone?). Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance doesn't technically qualify cuz there's no ampersand, but we'll let it slide.
So there's your conversation starter ... who are the opposite sides of baseball's most famous "&"s?
Okay, I should start by admitting that this piece has absolutely zero research support; everything here is strictly from memory. That's an invitation for you all to interject, disagree, expand -- whatever feels right.
Basically, I started wondering about a question and figured to myself, "Self, this would be a great arguing point for Da Box." So here we go. The question? What team has had the most consistent greatness at a single position in baseball history?
Some examples ...
The Blue Jays have added right-handed pitcher Reidier Gonzalez to their 40-man roster. That means the 24 year-old Cuban is protected from being selected by another club in the Rule 5 draft on December 10th.
As a "reward" for loyal fans and season ticket holders for a 75 win campaign, the Blue Jays organization is considering jacking up the price of single game tickets for next season according to the Globe & Mail. In addition, the team is cutting back benefits for season ticket holders such as free plane trips to Dunedin next spring. What's next? Inviting dead players to try out before crossing them off the list?
The Jays have added first baseman/DH Brian Dopirak to the 40-man roster and also acquired utility man Mike McCoy off the waiver wire from the Colorado Rockies.
Evil Empire manager Joe Girardi is looking to change his uniform number from 27 to 28. My suggestion to him is to 86 this idea.
In all fairness, Girardi did bail someone out of a jam recently.
Great idea in the other thread ... what would a team's "mixtape" look like, the one capturing everything from that team's current philosophy to its historical legacy? Or, as Matthew E. put it, how a team "really feel[s] about baseball."
Let's see, for the Yankees (per this thread's headline) you might start with ABBA's Money, Money, Money but also must needs include Queen's We Are the Champions. The Mets' mixtape would surely include Bryan Adams' Summer of '69 ... what else, and for who else?
1. Keep it clean!
2. Sarcasm is welcome, but don't cross the line into snottiness! Genuine cleverness is best, of course ...
A tip of the retro Blue Jays cap to Bauxite brent for pointing out that the Jays are taking a gander at lefty John Halama down in the Dominican. Should the Jays sign the 37 year-old hurler, it would continue a trend by GM Alex Anthopoulos of acquiring players whose last name begins with "H". Halama would join fellow southpaw Sean Henn and second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir in the "H" gang. Again, more hard-hitting analysis from Batter's Box. Subscribe now!