On Transaction Friday yesterday, the Blue Jays optioned pitchers Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley to the triple-A Buffalo Bisons, in a transaction that is more of a formality that anything as there are currently no games in either Toronto or Buffalo. Kay and Reid-Foley join fellow pitchers Thomas Hatch, Julian Merryweather, Hector Perez, and T.J. Zeuch on the Bisons’ roster, while Elvis Luciano and Patrick Murphy were assigned to double-A New Hampshire earlier this month.
Eight players (all pitchers) being optioned, plus Yennsy Diaz on the 60-day injured list, means the Jays have 32 players on their active roster. Opening Day was supposed to be next Thursday, March 26, so presumably unless Major League Baseball has changed the transaction rules, all teams would have to be down to 26 players on their active roster on that date. But who knows what the rules are in these times?
Good news for regular readers of Bluebird Banter: our managing editor Tom Dakers (and his wife and friends) are now back in Calgary after being stranded in Morocco after they closed their borders. I had given a bit of an update in the comments here, but I will let Tom give you the full story of his trip, as he will be in quarantine for the next 14 days.
The Getty Images archive we have here via SB Nation’s subscription has some fascinating photos, including this one of Tom Henke, Mike Timlin, Joe Carter, and Fergie Jenkins with various snackfoods.
And here is a slick haired Buck Martinez separating Dave Winfield and Tom Henke for some reason.
Since we have to think of something to talk about in this thread, perhaps you can talk about the favourite food item you’ve ever had at SkyDome / Rogers Centre or another ballpark / stadium / arena. Or about the time(s) you have tried to stop a fight between two people who were taller than you.