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Question time: Which player in Blue Jays history did you have high hopes for, but didn’t live up to your expectations?

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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you on the other side of the border. It is a hard year to come up with things that we are thankful about.

There isn’t much for Blue Jays news.

MLB is considering pushing back spring training three months, which would drop the season to 100ish games. The plan, I think, is to wait until there is a vaccine that has been distributed. And since, I hope, they will give the vaccine to older people and people with health issues first, 20something athletes should be well down the list.

Baseball could try to push to get moved up on the list, but I think that would be a PR nightmare. It is something even they would have a hard time spinning. And they are pros at polishing up crap and selling it to us.

And the Red and Rockies made a trade:

  • Going to the Reds: Old friend Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams.
  • Going to the Rockies: Robert Stephenson and Jameson Hannah.

Beyond that, there isn’t much for news, so lets have a question.

And there is very very sad news from a former Blue Jay.

We did the positive end of this question last week, so this time: Which player in Blue Jays history did you have the highest hopes for but didn’t live up to your expectations?

There are several ways you can go with this question, but I’m picking Brandon Morrow.

We traded Brandon League and Johermyn Chavez to Seattle to get Morrow. The Mariners couldn’t seem to decide if they wanted Morrow to be a starter or a reliever. The Jays decided he was a starter and stuck to their guns.

His first season, as a Jay, 2010, pitching coach Bruce Walton tinkered with his delivery some and tried to get him throwing strikes. It didn’t go great. He finished with a 4.49 ERA but struck out 10.9 batters per 9 innings. The next year the Bruce worked with him to throw more ‘quality strikes’, but he still wasn’t very successful, putting up a 4.72 ERA. 2012, Morrow put it all together. He had a 2.96 ERA. It looked like we’d have a star pitcher for years to come.

After that, things fell apart, with a mess of injuries and, in those rare moments when he was healthy enough to pitch, ineffectiveness.

There were great moments. August 8th, 2010, was the biggest. That was when he came within an out of a no-hitter, striking out 17 along the way. It might have been the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen. He was so good. I thought there would be more shots at no-hitters in his future. When he was on, he seemed unhittable.

He’s had some good moments in the bullpen since leaving the Jays, but he’s still been injury prone and

Who would you pick?