Monday, December 9, 2013

Halladay Retires!

Today, Roy Halladay signed a 1-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, before announcing his retirement.  Halladay's career stats are as followed: 203-105 W-L; 3.38 ERA; 2117 SO; 1.18 WHIP:  2749 IP.  The most striking number is Complete Games pitched, at 67, considered a throwback to a lesser known era when pitchers were treated more like work mules.

Although his career didn't start off as expected, the re-invention of his delivery and mental make up are well documented.  My friends over at Mop Up Duty have an awesome article about his transformation to the Hall-Of-Fame-caliber that he turned out to be.

Halladay won two Cy Young's.  One in each league.  He also has pitched a perfect game, and in the playoffs a no-hitter.  He was 4-5 in his last season with Philadelphia, with a 6.82 ERA.  His last two years were plagued by back issues, which he revelated today, thus altering his pitching motion, and lastly prompting his retirement.

Every time I zip past the Gardiner Expressway past the dome, I always look over and get somewhat sad, because there used to be a tall banner on the side of a once-dominant, efficient, quiet pitcher, who always had control of every game that he started.  I tried to catch as many as I could, because I knew, as we all did, that we haven't seen anybody even close to him since Christy Mathewson of the 1900's.

|It took over 90 years for us to see someone like him.  Hell, it might be another 90 more years before we ever see somebody like him again.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blue Jays Say Goodbye To JP Arencibia!

He's motherfucking gone!

As of last night, the Toronto Blue Jays have not tendered a contract to JP Arencibia, this blog's most famous lazy catcher, thus making him a free agent.

As I've alluded to before in other posts, his defensive shortcomings (and no ambition to improve upon them), his awful game calling, and the 2013 campaign of a .194 batting average, were the telling signs that he was due to get shuttled out of town.  The 13 passed balls from this year, and last didn't help him much, either.

Left-hander Mark Buerhle refused to let Arencibia catch him, for reasons of his questionable, and slow game-calling.  Buerhle is notoriously a quick worker when on the mound, and forced JP to play catch up.

So say goodbye to our much maligned lazy catcher.  He'll watch his career roll all the way to the backstop before he picks it up.