So, what to do?
Kid named Jack Roosevelt Robinson. Jackie. #42 ... a number that, after this season, will never be worn by another major league baseball player again. After Mariano Rivera, perhaps fittingly the greatest closer to ever play the game, hangs up his spikes, that number, the one Douglas Adams once wrote was the answer to the great question of Life, the Universe and Everything, will fade into retirement as well, to honor Robinson, not the greatest, but absolutely the most significant player ever to wear a big league uniform.
To mildly misquote the renowned Simon and Garfunkel tune, So here's to you, Mr. Robinson ...
Thank you, Jackie.
Who is the second-greatest Canadian in MLB history? (Or, if you can make the argument, who surpasses Fergie as #1?)
Who is the greatest active Canadian in the major leagues?
Ready? Set? Go, eh?
Today, legendary Cinicinnati Red backstop Johnny Lee Bench is 64 years old. In celebration of this day, here is a challenge I put down to all Bauxites ...
Johnny Bench is the greatest catcher in major league history. In fact, he is the only player at any position where there is no question this is true. For instance, at short you might promote a Wagner, a Ripken, a Banks -- all these and others are defensible nominees. This is true at every position -- except behind the plate. Sure, there are greats -- Berra, Campanella, Piazza, Rodriguez, Hartnett and more. But for the perfect combination of defense (one of the top five defensive catchers of all time), arm strength (perhaps the very best) and bat (a cleanup-type power threat for a team that won five division titles and two World Series in a seven-year span), not to mention intangibles like leadership and charisma ... Bench is, without question, the greatest catcher ever to play the game. (Sorry, Yogi! Especially sorry, Josh Gibson!)
The gauntlet is thrown. Magpie, others? Whatchagot?
Edit: Kelly Johnson to be modified type A - Jays get pick before team that signs him (if the Jays don't).
The hot stove will warm up some this week. Both the team owners and general managers hold meetings this week in Milwaukee, I am sure the trade talk will heat up. I assume major media will be in attendance giving us updates on the latest rumours.
In addition award season starts today with the AL and NL rookies of the year. JP Arencibia is not expected to win the AL rookie of the year but he might get some votes.
We do also have some Blue Jay news, through Bob Elliott.