John Mcdonald announced his retirement today, he was a fan favorite during his 7 years with the Jays. He played 16 seasons overall and ends with a slash line of .233/.273/.323. During his 7 years with the Jays he had a slash line of .243/.278/.340 hitting 17 homeruns in 7 years with the Jays and only 28 overall in his 16 year career.
John was best known for his glove, and was a premier defensive player posting a .974 fielding percentage over his 16 year career.
Happy retirement John.
Well folks the votes are in and Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio are in! In my predictions I thought that smoltz would wait another year, while Mike Piazza would get in. Fred McGriff got 12.8 percent of the vote, while Carlos Delgado got 3.8 percent of the vote and had the highest total for anyone not being aloud to stay on the ballot after falling under 5%.
So because its a Sunday in the offseason and nothing special is going on going to show you guys some of my baseball cards and may continue to show some of my pickups on this blog if you guys are interested let me know :)
Clem Labine 1955 topps
Bowman Kevin Pillar 1/1 Topps Triple Threads Roy Halladay 1/1
Fred Merkle T206
B.J. Ryan who happens to be my favorite pitcher of all time.
The Jays coaching roster for the 2015 season will be as follows :
Manager: John Gibbons
Pitching Coach: Pete Walker
Hitting Coach: Brock Jacoby
Assistant Hitting Coach: Eric Owens
First Base Coach: Tim Leiper
Third Base Coach: Luis Rivera
Bench Coach: DeMarlo Hale
Bullpen Coach: Dane Johnson
Bullpen Catcher: Alex Andreopoulos
This staff will look to improve on the 83-79 record last year. This is the 1st season that the Jays will officially have two hitting coaches. Having two hitting coaches is a recent trend in the majors, having become much more common in the past couple of seasons. John Gibbons will be going into his 3rd year of this contract and his 6th overall with the Jays having been the manager from 2005-2008. One of the Clauses in Gibbons contract means that on new years his contract will be guaranteed for the season following this one, meaning that Gibbons now has a contract through to the end of the 2016 season with a vesting option for 2017.
Here are my predictions for who reaches the hall of Fame this year followed by my top 10 of the ballot.
Hof of 2015 : Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, and Mike Piazza.
Top 10 of the ballot who wont get in this year : Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, John Smoltz, Curt Schilling, Fred Mcgriff, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa.
I tried in my picking of the top 10 to do it just based on stats, they are not in any order.
Now to focus on the two former Jays on the ballot, Carlos Delgado and Fred McGriff.
Fred McGriff: 19 years, 2490 hits, a slash line of .284/.377/.509. McGriff had 493 homers, 441 doubles and 24 triples in his career. He was one of the premier players of the 1990’s. This will be his 6th year on the ballot.
Carlos Delgado: 17 years, 2038 hits, .280/.383/.546. 473 homers, 483 doubles, and 18 triples. Delgado played 12 years with the Jays and set many team records, these include : home runs, rbi’s, intentional walks, total bases, and many others.
If Delgado makes the hall of fame he will be a lock to be inducted as a Blue Jay, McGriff on the other hand has a chance to go in either as a Brave, a Blue Jay or Ray.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Holliday season, I know that I haven’t been writing this year but one of my New Years resolutions is to make this blog the #1 jays fan blog again. So let’s make it happen together.
The Jays opened the season at home with a 3 game series against the Yankees. Before the first game Roy Halladay came out to throw out the first pitch and once again thank the city of Toronto.
The Jays lost the home opener 7-4. Dustin McGowan got the loss, Melky Cabrera homered. Here are some photos from the first game :
In the Second game R.A Dickey showed us his best stuff pitching 6.2 innings and giving up 5 hits and 1 walk. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered. Adam Lind went 1-3 with a double. Here are some pictures from that game :
The Jays then proceeded to lose the rubber game 6-4.
The Jays lost 7-3 to the Yankees in the Jays home opener. Dustin McGowan got the loss (0-1). Full post with pictures and full game review as well as Saturdays game review tomorrow. Just a little clip from the game for now to keep you interested.
The Jays ended up splitting the series with the Rays 2-2, after losing the 4th game 7-2. Brandon Morrow started for the Jays and used 76 pitches to get through the first four innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits. Esmil Rogers then pitched and he gave up another three runs in his 1.2 innings of work. The last pitcher for the Jays was Jeremy Jeffress who allowed two hits and two walks in his 1.1 innings of work, however he gave up no runs. Melky Cabrera went 1-4. Colby Rasmus went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Jose Bautista went 0-2 with two walks and a run scored. Edwin Encarnacion went 0-3 with a walk. Adam Lind went 1-4 with a double and two strikeouts. Dioner Navarro went 0-3 with a sac fly RBI (2). Brett Lawrie went 1`-4 with an RBI (1). Maicer Izturis went 2-3. Ryan Goins went 0-3.
Up Next –
The Jays play the Yankees at the Rogers Center for their home opener. In the home opener it will be Dustin McGowan vs. Masahiro Tanaka who is making his MLB debut, after being one of the best pitchers in the Japanese leagues.