Jays Roundup - Find a Canary

Thursday, September 30 2004 @ 08:30 AM EDT

Contributed by: Pepper Moffatt

A bird to bring my message home
Carry my obituary
My coffin doesn't have a phone

Game 1 : Orioles 7 - Jays 6

Game 2 : Orioles 4 - Jays 0

Game 1 Boxscore Game 2 Boxscore

  1. Recaps:

  2. Fordin Notes on the managerial strategies of John Gibbons and which Jays players are headed for arbitration:

      Only four Blue Jays are eligible for arbitration, which is extended to players with three years of service time. Those four are Speier, Chris Woodward, Frank Menechino and Bobby Estalella. Arbitration often results in a raise, which makes it a dicey proposition: Speier and Menechino are good candidates to return, but Woodward and Estalella will likely be casualties of the non-tender deadline in late December.

      There is one other consideration: Seventeen percent of players with two years of service time are granted Super 2 status, which gives them an early shot at arbitration. Generally speaking, those players fall into a narrow niche: The historical cutoff point is two years and 128 days of service, while the high side is two years and 140 days.

      Anyone over that second point is all but guaranteed to be a Super 2 -- anyone under the first one should fall short. By those measurements, only one Jay is affected. When the season ends, Bob File will have two years and 154 days of service, which means the Jays will either offer him arbitration or settle beforehand. A third option, of course, is to sever ties with the right-hander.

      Two key contributors -- Josh Towers and Orlando Hudson -- fall just shy of the Super 2 mark. Towers will have two years and 60 days of service, and Hudson has an extra 20 days.

  3. Ganter Notes on organizational award winners and the defense of the O-Dog:

      Not that there is much they can do about it, but the Jays coaching staff is making a subtle push for Orlando Hudson as this year's pick for the American League gold glove award at second base. Managers and coaches vote on the awards, but they select a player from their own club.

      "I don't know where you'll find a second baseman that has been much better than him," Jays interim manager John Gibbons said.

      Hudson leads the American League in assists per nine innings at 3.61, but has the type of range that routinely has him make the highlight packages as he chases down balls into the outfield. The most recent time the Jays had a Gold Glove winner was 1999 in outfielder Shawn Green.

  4. Mike Ganter talks to one of the young pitching studs of the organization in "High hopes for Chacin":

      One-game wonder or future mainstay in the Blue Jays rotation?

      Not even Gustavo Chacin (pronounced Cha-seen) can say for sure.

      In a Blue Jays season short of feel-good stories, his arrival has managed to somewhat even the scales.

      Chacin hasn't exactly taken the traditional route to the big leagues.

      Two years ago, the Jays took him off the 40-man roster and exposed him to any of the 29 other clubs that cared to take a shot.

  5. In "Be wary Blue Jay fans" Dave Perkins tells us why Jays fans should take notice of what happened in Montreal:

      Decades of a depressed Canadian dollar make operating here financially dicey for a fringe sport and in Canada, everything except hockey is, regrettably, a fringe sport. (Revenue sharing has helped the Jays immensely here; without it they already would be in serious trouble.)

      A number of minor pro baseball teams, most notably Triple-A sides in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, plus a Double-A club in London, Ont., beat the Expos across the border. The Canadian public isn't clamouring for more baseball. The Jays might have inherited the title of "Canada's team" but if Canada isn't much interested, what good is it?

      The NBA Grizzlies fled Vancouver, too. Nothing says U.S. pro leagues, beyond the NHL, care about keeping Canada as part of the package if they ever did. It was quaint to expand to Canada and harvest new markets, but that was long before 9/11 turned border crossings into a serious pain and turned U.S. eyes ever more inward.

  6. Tonight's 7:05PM EST start in Baltimore: RHP Josh Towers (9-7, 4.99 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Riley (2-4, 5.64 ERA). For more details see the game preview.