Longtime ESPN broadcaster Jon Miller was named the 2010 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award on Monday, beating out Tom Cheek, Dave Van Horne, Jacques Doucet and others for the prize. Cheek, along with Van Horne and Doucet, were among the 10 finalists for the prize.
I have a feeling Mike Wilner won't be too happy about that. That's at least the third time Cheek's been denied the award despite having been the most famous Jays' voice of all time. It's not just a fact, it's reality that Baseball North is not recognized very well by the United States General Public. Other facts that point to the latter might include that the Toronto Blue Jays were the 2nd least favourite team to watch in a survey of all 30 major league baseball markets a year ago. No wonder there's little to no respect for the men that play under a dazzling tower.
BLUE JAYS CLOSE TO SIGNING KEVIN GREGG
Kevin Gregg, a flame-throwing closer known for sometimes giving up the long-ball might be a great addition to the bullpen as either a setup man or the closer outright. He would add to a bullpen that already boasts one of the best shut-down staffs in the major leagues featuring Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, Jeremy Accardo, Dick Hayhurst, Casey Janssen, Shawn Camp, and long-man Brian Tallet among others. Gregg has narrowed his choices to Colorado and Toronto.
WILL THE JAYS SIGN CARLOS DELGADO?
Why the hell not? There has been no player, not even Roy Halladay, who was the greatest pitcher in the game of baseball when he was with Toronto over the course of the last eight seasons, that filled as many bodies in the seats as the powerful and gentle Delgado did.
An incentive-laden contract would be how one might sign Delgado. Obviously AA is capable of that. Delgado is capable of hitting 30 homeruns if healthy.
BLAIR REPORTS THAT MCGOWAN HAD A PAIN-FREE THROWING SESSION...
Dustin McGowan raised hopes with a pain-free throwing session on Friday, and in the process conjured up memories of Chris Carpenter's injury-plagued departure from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Carpenter went on to win a Cy Young and a World Series with the Cardinals.
Anthopoulos knows there's no point in cutting the cord with McGowan unless his career is over.
FOR THOSE WHO STILL LIKE ERIK BEDARD..
Chien-Ming Wang and Érik Bédard are two other rehabbing pitchers who have piqued the Blue Jays' interest. Both are coming off shoulder surgery, and the Blue Jays have made contact with their agents as well as doing their medical due diligence. A native of Navan, Ont., Bedard is still five months away from being able to pitch, and in this tight market, he might fall into the Blue Jays hands.
Nevermind Wang. But Bedard? Five months away? That's July earliest. Maybe not even at all this year.
ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE, IT IS FEBRUARY- that means...spring training is near, and we'll have more on that soon.