Wednesday, 4 December 2019

MLB Free Agency- A history for Toronto Blue Jays Fans.

I don't hate Twitter...

I'm not a big fan of the people who use it.

Is it because they are to optimistic? Maybe.

A lot of Toronto Blue Jay fans on Twitter want this organization to sign players in free agency. Particularly starting pitchers. Especially now since they have money to spend in theory.

Historically speaking. This organization since Rogers has taken over has not signed a #1 starting pitcher in free agency . The only guy that has come close is A.J. Burnett. They brought back J.A. Happ but he wasn't a top 3 pitcher at the time.

The prior Ownership group signed 3 top pitchers in ten years.

1- Jack Morris in 1991

2- Dave Stewart in 1992

3- Roger Clemens in 1996.

With the position players the club has made out better:

1-Paul Molitor

2- Frank Catalanatto

3- Dave Winfield

4- Russell "Clarkson" Martin

5- Jose Canseco (Stop it!)

You have to also remember. There have been a ton of reclamation projects. Jose Bautista only hit 16 jacks as a career high before he came over from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Devon White was a cast away by the California Angels before Pat Gillick acquired him. Josh Donaldson had the potential to be great before he came over to the Blue Jays. That's where he became an MVP. Edwin Encarnacion was released by the Jays before he became the monster that he is.

That's baseball folks. That's a terrible Canadian Dollar. These players get paid in American funds. It's hard.

Yes you have to throw more dough around to get people here. This team wins with good smart trades. Is Ross Atkins the guy to pull those off?  Not sure yet. I am sure Rogers along with Jays fans will make that verdict sooner then later.

So relax folks. Stop having expactations. Let thins thing play out.

As Joe Siddall says " Enjoy the offseason"


I'll show you a work in progress!

I have heard that the Toronto Maple Leafs are a "Work in progress" twice in the past few weeks. That statement came from General Manager Kyle Dubas after he terminated Mike Babcock as the Head Coach.

Most recently Sheldon Keefe his replacement echoed those same sentiments after last nights bed shitting performance against the Philadelphia Flyers.

So tell me something.

This team after signing Marner to a long term deal was supposed to be a Stanley Cup contender. This was the year. You now have turfed Babcock. Rightfully so because apparently his ideology as a coach is outdated and unacceptable.

Now this team under Sheldon Keefe is 4-2. That Colorado game could have went either way. As could of the back end of the home and home against Buffalo. Regardless they are still 4-2.

Last night really concerns me. Statements have been coming out that the team is putting in a better effort under Keefe. What your analytical numbers may not tell you is that there seems to be an issue of character among players in that dressing room.  How is this team still a work in progress?

You have had 2 piss poor performances in a matter of days, where this team has quit and hung their goalie out to dry.

There is a lot of hockey to play. This team still needs a back up goaltender. What happens if Freddie Andersen runs out of gas or gets injured? What do your CORSI or whatever the analytics, are say the Leafs should do on your laptop? MacBook? I-PAD? Google?

How do your analytics solve their character issues? Or the fact that the Kyle Dubas has maxed out the salary cap?

Before you people on Twitter say I am not a fan and I just want to be right about Dubas. Hold your horses and zip up your pie holes.

Half of you weren't even thought of during the 1993 playoffs against Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. That series hurt. Or the 1994 Western Conference Finals against Kirk McLean and the Vancouver Canucks.

Some of you may remember losing to the Carolina Hurricanes during the Eastern Conference Finals. That one hurt too.

So before you say I am not a fan because I think Mark Hunter would have done a better job. I want this team to win as badly as you do. There should not be "Work in progress" chatter in 2019 when the rebuild started 4 years ago.

Here's to hoping some good hockey starts tonight.

Go Leafs


Monday, 2 December 2019

This weird feeling of content.....

What I am reading:

The leader without a title by Robin Sharma:

A book about stepping up your game. At work. In life. In your relationships. Without a title. Without the ... stuff that comes with it. I'm really enjoying the book. I read 10 pages everyday. I don't have the attention span to do more.

What I am watching:

To be honest not much. I don't have a ton of time for television.I'm digging Magnum P.I., the new one. I like it because they made the program their own. Higgins as a woman? It's worked out. She is a total babe by the way.  Rick and T.C. doing their thing. Katsumoto is the star of that show. 

What I am listening to:

Crime In Sports- Two comedians talking about athletes committing crimes. It's similar to Something to Wrestle. Check that out.

Hebsy on Sports- Hebsy and Toronto Mike talk sports twice a week. They do a great job.

Don Cherry's Grapevine- It's old school hockey stories... I dig.

Things that surprise me:

The NFL season. It's been interesting. The Bills and the Steelers have been a good surprise. I'd be shocked if John Elway isn't fired next year. 

How rough watching Wrestling has been. I think the fans and social media have also ruined it for me.

The NHL coaching drama that has recently come out. It's been insane.

Things I look forward to besides the obvious:

Checking out the Skydome Hotel

Seeing people I never get the chance to see or I haven;t made time for to see.


WrestleMania season...maybe?

More Podcasts.- December is my favourite month for those.

My wife gave me this cool bracelet. It's awesome. I seem to not look for the perfect days. I accept and enjoy those perfect moments. Those are the ones I never forget. I look forward to more perfect moments.