It has been a long, tough, ornery winter. But baseball is back, the Blue Jays play their first game of the year today.
This winter saw very little baseball related activity, the hot stove was low on fuel. That gave the fans little to talk about and lots to nit-pick. The owners and players publicly squabbled and could not find much to agree on. The return of players to Dunedin mercifully gave the fans something to focus on and now, today, there will be a boxscore.
Ryan Borucki will start today. Vlad Jr. will not start until Sunday. In the field, Teoscar Hernandez, Kevin Pillar and Dalton Pompey will man the OF, Justin Smoak, Devon Travis, Freddy Galvis and Brandon Drury will start in the IF. In these early games expect to see 25 to 30 names on the boxscore. If you are so inclined, today's game will be available on Fan590 in Toronto and environs.
The player to discuss today is Dalton Pompey, who Charlie Montoyo talked up yesterday. Pompey starts today in right field and presumably has a chance to impress someone this spring. There might not be a place for him in Toronto but the Jays would prefer to trade him for something, rather than lose him on waivers, if it comes to that.