I’m in a good mood. I finally got my weight under 180, which has been a goal since I got it under 190 pounds (which was a big deal cause it went way up in the last few months of Covid lockdown times). I’ve been close to 180 several times, but there would be a minor injury, a holiday, or something that would bounce it back up.
There is some Jays stuff.
Buck Martinez is this year’s winner of the Jack Graney Award, which is given out to a representative of the media who has made a significant contribution to the game of baseball in Canada through their life’s work or for a singular outstanding achievement.
I’m surprised that Buck hasn’t won it before, but he is very deserving. Congratulations Buck.
Longtime Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2023 Jack Graney Award.https://t.co/AlxDW5O7lt pic.twitter.com/laEgepe8yu— Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾️ (@CDNBaseballHOF) December 5, 2023
And there are, as always, more Shohei Ohtani rumours. He met with Jays' front office folks in Dunedin, getting a tour of their facilities there and the big sales pitch.
And apparently, he has ‘a positive feeling’ about Toronto.
People talk about him, saying that he didn’t want a meeting with any team becoming public, but Ohtani isn’t an idiot. He knows these things come out. We know he met with the Giants and with the Dodgers.
I figure this will drag out at least a couple more weeks.
Ohtani did tell some folks he knows before his probable Jays Florida visit he has a positive feeling about Toronto (and a few other cities/clubs, including the Dodgers). Don’t discount the Jays.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2023
And there is this:
It kind of sort of seems like maybe Shohei Ohtani and the Blue Jays are making progress. The circumstantial evidence:https://t.co/zesxihnH77— Stephanie Apstein (@stephapstein) December 5, 2023
It sounds like Jays' trade for Juan Soto would involve Alek Manoah. I’m not big on trading low, but I think I’d be ok with that one, depending on who else went to the Padres.
Alek Manoah’s name has come up in Juan Soto trade talks with the Padres. Could be a good change of scenery guy.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2023
The Jays are interested in Isaac Paredes to fill their current hole at third base.