Jays Roundup - Hey - Whatís My Line

Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 09:31 AM EDT

Contributed by: Pepper Moffatt

Do I have to stay here ítil the end of time
Iím - good lookiní and bright
I wanna see life after ten at night

Jays 4 - Mariners 2

  1. Recaps:

  2. Fordin Notes on Josh Towers, Ismael Ramirez, and the rehabbing Doc Halladay:

      Roy Halladay threw off the mound for the first time in more than a month on Tuesday, and the Blue Jays are pointing to a return in late September.

      The reigning Cy Young Award winner had been sidelined six weeks with weakness in his shoulder, but he should be able to make three return appearances before the season ends.

    Excellent. It'd be great to see Doc take down the Yankees during the last home series of the year.

  3. Today's Ganter Notes are also about Doc Halladay and Ismael Ramirez:

      The Blue Jays class-A team in Dunedin fared extremely well in the selections when the 2004 Florida State League all-star team was announced.

      Ismael Ramirez, a right-hander signed as an undrafted free agent in 1998, is 14-6 in 26 starts this year with a 2.75 ERA, was named the league's most valuable pitcher in addition to making the all-star team.

    Congratulations Ismael!

  4. Tonight's 7:05PM EST start at the Dome: Righty Cha Seung Baek (1-0 0.00ERA) vs. righty Justin Miller (2-3 5.26ERA). Spencer Fordin has the game preview.

  5. There's been a lot of discussion here on whether or not the Blue Jays should re-sign Delgado. Put the Sun's Bob Elliott in the camp that wants the slugger back next year:

      If Delgado leaves then the Jays have $19.7 million to spend on free-agent hitters. We'll bet a Diet Coke, or a Coca-Cola Lite, as they say in Athens, that Rogers Communications will not spend $19.7 million on hitters for next season.

      One misconception about Delgado -- written here -- is that the most the Jays could cut his salary is 20% from $19.7 million to $15.76 million, as per the terms of the basic agreement between the players' union and Major League Baseball. That's true if the Jays and Delgado go to salary arbitration.

    Elliott doesn't include the raises due to other players in his $19.7 million figure because he believes Rogers needs to spend more money on the team:

      The easiest way for someone to step up, considering the way the Jays revamped bullpen has performed, would be for owner Ted Rogers to expand his budget.

  6. In "Delgado puts on a baserunning clinic" Richard Griffin notices something Coach and my Dad picked up on: How well Delgado is running the bases this week:

      With likely just over a month to go in his starry Blue Jays career, Carlos Delgado has suddenly become the most aggressive, imaginative baserunner on the team. Last night, in the second inning of the Jays' 4-2 win over the hapless Mariners, the burly slugger broke for second on a full count pitch to Alex Rios. The rookie slapped the ball through the hole. Delgado never hesitated, challenging Ichiro Suzuki's powerful arm, sliding safely into third on a slightly off-line throw. What's up with that?

    Add Griffin to the re-sign Delgado camp:

      Unless the Jays spend some of his saved salary on a veteran replacement for '05, they are going to find they will miss his presence in the lineup and the clubhouse next year more than they ever imagined.

    I don't think I need to remind Mr. Griffin that the Jays are on pace to finish in last place in their division this year. How much worse are they going to finish without Delgado?

I was at the game last night with my Dad and Batter's Box own Coach. I had a blast and encourage all of you, if you can, to get out to at least one more game this year. You'll be glad you did.