Jays Roundup - On The Talk Back Show
Friday, October 29 2004 @ 07:12 AM EDT
Contributed by: Pepper Moffatt
On the radio at the local bar
In the hot traffic
By the red tail lights
- "Some 1993 Jays are still playing" by Spencer Fordin:
Amazingly, remnants of Toronto's last World Series team are still floating around the Major Leagues.
Eleven seasons after the Blue Jays last lifted the trophy, several of the players involved are more than a distant memory. There are so many more examples than you'd rightfully expect kicking around with a varying degree of success.
Take a look: Pat Borders played for another playoff team -- the Minnesota Twins -- at the ripe old age of 41. John Olerud nearly went to the World Series with the Yankees after getting released by Seattle earlier in the season. Mike Timlin did make it to the Fall Classic, helping pitch Boston past New York. Woody Williams pitched Game 1 for St. Louis, 11 seasons after making his big league debut.
- "BoSox buzz helps Jays" by Pierre LeBrun:
Baseball is back in a big way and the Toronto Blue Jays hope to cash in on the excitement created by this year's playoffs.
"There's not only a buzz about baseball, there's a baseball fever," Jays president and CEO Paul Godfrey said Thursday. "I've spoken to people here in the last 10 days that have totally got turned on by baseball again because of the excitement of the playoffs, because of the Red Sox coming back like they did and beating the Yankees, and I think that augurs well for baseball in this country."
- "Orioles set to battle Jays for Delgado" by Mark Zwolinski:
Blue Jay fans wondering where Carlos Delgado may end up now that he has filed for free agency might not have to look any farther than Baltimore.
The Orioles, who are expected to add up to $20 million (all figures U.S.) to their payroll so they can compete better with Boston and New York, returned 2004 first baseman Rafael Palmeiro to their roster for next season solely as a designated hitter. Baltimore signed the future hall of famer to a one-year, $3 million deal, ensuring Palmeiro will reach the 3,000-hit plateau in an O's uniform (he has 2,922). But the void left at first base all but ensures the O's will pursue Delgado alongside the Jays, who likely won't be able to match Baltimore's offer.