There are little bits of Blue Jays news.
- Eric Sogard is day-to-day with a ‘thumb sprain’.
- They are planning on Clayton Richard making his first Blue Jays start on Thursday, with a pitch limit.
- The Nationals claimed Javy Guerra off waivers. I hoped he would clear waivers again, but no such luck. The Nationals DFAed Dan Jennings to make room, so we could pick him up to even things up. Dan was good last year, 3.22 ERA in 64 innings. This year, not so good 13.50 ERA in 4.2 innings.
But of course the biggest news is Vlad is sitting out today. I understand giving him the odd day off, but maybe I’d stay away from sitting him on a holiday Monday at home. I’m not sure putting it off one day would make a difference in things. Considering the Jays had a day off last Monday and he DHed on Thursday I don’t see that there should have been an urgency to sitting him. It is possible there is something going on that I don’t know about.
I think the team is smart in being careful with him. He’s important to future, but maybe timing could be better. Why not a Sunday in Chicago instead of a holiday Monday in Toronto. If we are picking these days in advance we could move them a day one way or the other to make better use of your best player and best draw for the home fans. In the long run, Vlad missing today is not a big deal.....but why not do it better.
It is entirely possible that Charlie didn’t realize that today was a holiday in Canada. Maybe this will be a learning experience, but perhaps don’t pick up your Canada Day tickets until the lineup has been announce.
Speaking of Vlad:
The first of many I’m sure.
This tweet has caused a bit of a stir.
How disrespectful of @WGNRadioSports during the 9th to refer to the Jays trainer as “that lady trainer”. Her name is Nikki Huffman and she’s the head trainer. Would you say “that male trainer”? @DaveEanet @WGNRadio @Andy_Masur1 @whitesox— John W. (@RealMrWorldwide) May 19, 2019
As John W. points out the ‘lady trainer’ has a doctorate and completed her residency at Duke.
This is the sort of thing that would drive my mom crazy. I would get in trouble if I called a woman a ‘girl’, as she saw this as belittling (and she was likely right).
I had to go out in the late innings of yesterday’s game and had the White Sox radio team on XM Radio and they seemed to have a very zen like view to describing the game, rarely did the play on the field interfere with the conversation they were having. Danny Jansen hit a home run and they barely mentioned it. My son was in the car with me and I asked if he knew what happened, and he couldn’t figure it out either. There was some cheering (obviously there were a good number of Jays’ fans there), but the broadcast team didn’t feel a home run was worth talking about.
And there is this:
Rogers Centre is currently undergoing roof construction, which began this offseason. It will not be open this homestand, but the work has been phased to ensure that the roof will officially be opened next homestand, weather permitting.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 20, 2019
Rogers Centre is a much better place to watch baseball with the roof open. But then, it was so cold when I was there last week, that the roof would have been closed anyway. I hope spring appears sometime.