Finally, the day has arrived - all pitchers and catchers have reported to Blue Jays Spring Training Camp!
There’s actually a very high turnout for position players as well, as they officially don’t have to report to camp until Friday, but it’s nice to see a bunch of them like Travis Snider, Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista get a head start.
There’s been a big uproar by Blue Jays fans this off-season, and one wonders whether club has done a proper job of managing their expectations. While I think the Blue Jays could have gone about things a little differently, I trust what’s going on behind the scenes.
More or less, let’s just let AA and the Beest do their jobs. There’s no point in second-guessing every single move of this regime because they’re going about things the right way and trying to build a sustainable winner.
There are lots of great giveaways this season, including three .. yes, three bobblehead giveaway days. Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and Yunel Escobar will all be available in bobblehead form.
The best part is that the giveaways have increased from the first 10,000 fans to the first 20,000 fans. That’s twice the amount of bobbleheads, which is great news because the giveaways seemed to go especially fast last season.
Here are a few other noteabale giveaway days:
April 9: Honda Home Opener, Rally Towel Giveaway
May 20: Brandon Morrow Bobblehead Giveaway
June 3: Yunel Escobar Bobblehead Giveaway
June 13: 2012 Team Card Set Giveaway
June 17: Father’s Day, Blue Jays Batting Helmet Giveaway
August 12: Blue Jays Cap Giveaway
August 19: Ricky Romero Giveaway
September 30: Fan Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway
Also making a return at the Home Opener is the Rally Towel giveaway. While I’m sure it looks great on television to have 47,000+ fans waving their towels in unison, it creates a problem of folks throwing them onto the field.
Hopefully the Blue Jays either beef up the security for this year, or they only limit the rally towels to the folks on the lower deck.
It nearly happened in 1993: a trade to bring Randy Johnson to the Blue Jays was agreed in principle. The reason why it didn’t happen was Pat Gillick couldn’t reach Seattle Mariners GM Woody Woodward, as he was out on the golf course.
After he finished his round, Woodward called Gillick back and agree on the trade: Randy Johnson for Mike Timlin and Steve Karsay. But Gillick had already dealt Karsay to the Athletics for Ricky Henderson.
Major League Baseball’s Salary Arbitration process is very confusing. I find that every year, I’m discovering something completely new about arb. So to make it a little easier, I created this Salary Arbitration Flow Chart.
And yet … even a flow chart can’t make the process any more exciting or colourful.