We can watch today’s game on the single-camera thing again today. I like the view of the pitcher and strike zone. Not so thrilled with the field view.
George Springer, CF
Marcus Semien, 2B
Bo Bichette, SS
Teoscar Hernandez, LF
Rowdy Tellez, DH
Vladimir Guerrero, 1B
Cavan Biggio, 3B
Randal Grichuk, RF
Alejandro Kirk, C
Tanner Roark starts.
I’m not a big fan of moving Teoscar back and forth from right to left. I think Randal would be better at moving between the spots to me.
There has been depressingly little news coming out off the Jays camp. There is this:
#BlueJays announce they've agreed to contracts with their 27 players with 0-3 years service time. Major-league minimum is $570,500 and their pre-arb players can earn up to an additional $40K depending on active service and playing time.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 11, 2021
But, it isn’t all that exciting.
Mike Johnson, at Sportsnet, tells us that Mark Shapiro says they want:
... an era of championship baseball, not a season of championship baseball,
Of course, Alex Anthopoulos told us much the same and then signed a bunch of older players to give us a playoff team that wasn’t sustainable (not that I’m complaining, I enjoyed watching those teams). These things sound good, but if time goes on and we don’t get a playoff team, at some point the front office will push all the chips in.
But we do have a very good core with Bo, Vlad, Nate, Teoscar, Lourdes and all. I don’t know if the hard part is putting together the core or finding the last pieces to push the team over the top.
But Shapiro has been here before:
“I remember being farm director in the mid-90s, Cleveland, and just sending championship- after championship-calibre player that was ready for the major leagues back to triple-A.”
Cleveland was one of the top teams in baseball in the mid-to-late 1990s with five consecutive division titles and a pair of World Series appearances.