Former Blue Jays catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia announced his retirement yesterday. He holds the Jays’ record for the longest name at 14 letters, but he is also quite associated with the number 10 during his tenure with Toronto. He took over #10 after Edwin Encarnacion’s departure and played in 10 games for the Blue Jays as Russell Martin’s backup in April 2017. In those 10 games he had 26 plate appearances and amazingly managed to strike out in all but 10 of them.
The Blue Jays released Salty on May 3 then re-signed him to a minor-league contract later that month, and he caught for the Bisons for just over a month before he was released again at the end of June. Happy retirement!
In other news, a few members of the Blue Jays front office received new titles recently:
Some new titles for Blue Jays brass:— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) January 29, 2019
Tony Lacava is now Senior VP, Player Personnel (was VP, Baseball Operations & AGM)
Andrew Tinnish is now VP, International Scouting (was AGM)
Angus Mugford is now VP, High Performance (was Director, HP)https://t.co/OUqi8bR8cj
Posts around the Internets:
- Future Blue Jays has a detailed feature on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ path to the 2018 Eastern League title.
- Good writer and nice guy Ryan Di Francesco satirically looks at how the Blue Jays should be going after Bartolo Colón.
- Much congratulations to former Blue Jays manager Bobby Cox for being inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. Apparently he also managed for the Braves for a while.
Lastly, yours truly will be appearing live and in person at the Rivoli this Thursday evening for a panel at Pitch Talks. You can get tickets here! The $10 early bird tickets are sold out but because you are so special, use the coupon code homestand at checkout to get $5 off of the regular price $15 tickets.