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The Buffalo Bautistas going deep everyday

There are a lot of good things would come with the Blue Jays having their Triple-A squad in Buffalo, something that it seems like — if the rumours are true — could happen in the middle of next month.

There’s the obvious proximity factor and how much easier it would be for players to go up and down from the majors to Triple-A and vice versa. There’s the fact that the International League is much lesser hitter friendly than the ridiculous Pacific Coast League and is therefore much easier to get a true sense of the development and performance of both hitters and pitchers.

There’s the stadium, which by all accounts is great. Seriously, check out this review. The guy’s only real complaint is that there’s nothing around the stadium. Of course there’s nothing around the stadium. It’s downtown Buffalo. But that doesn’t mean Buffalo’s not worth the trip. Buffalo’s actually pretty great. Dont’ believe me? Visit the Old Pink and then try to tell me otherwise.

Anyway, look, did I mention the proximity? That’s key. You know how all the Blue Jays are hurt right now and they’re a bit painful to watch? As much as it sucks, things like this will happen again. If the Jays align with Buffalo, then we can all go watch the real Jays come back from their injuries and when Jose Bautista hits a grand slam during his rehab stint, you can be there in person!

Oh right, Jose Bautista hit a grand slam tonight in New Hampshire! Check it out:

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Making a demotion just that

The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz wants to buy a PCL team and move it to the Alberta capital. The team he’s reportedly targeting? Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.

Of course, Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey Jr. is denying everything. But “Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge says that’s OK, that’s what he’s paid to say.”

By all accounts, Edmonton’s previous Triple-A team, the Trappers, were a success. Both on the field and in the stands — moving only for political and geographic reasons.

Personally, I hope Katz is able to pull this off. It’d do wonders for baseball in Canada and specifically for the Jays. Toronto likes to market itself as a Canadian team and this would go a long way toward proving that they are in fact Canada’s team. Hosting a series in Vancouver and/or Montreal would help as well, but I digress.

I know Toronto’s contract with Las Vegas expires after this season, but if the 51s move to Canada, the affiliation’s got to continue. Geographically, it’s not great, but it’d be too much of a marketing opportunity for someone like the Beest to pass up.

Speaking of the minors

Kyle Drabek, the key to the Roy Halladay deal, threw a no-hitter the other night for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Here, via Go Jays Go, is video of the final out.

(Two things to look for: The amazing sky in the background; and how quickly Drabek works. Love it.)

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Hoping The Plan doesn’t affect Doctor Moose

Right now it’s Saturday morning. The general managers meetings begin on Tuesday in Chicago. As of yet, Anthopoulos and Beeston have not yet unveiled The Plan. This concerns me.

Look, I know that the general managers meetings are not like the winter meetings. Free agents aren’t available yet and trades are typically not done at this time. But you can’t tell me that, at the very least, some laying-the-groundwork type of discussions don’t take place at these meetings, and how can the groundwork be laid if the team doesn’t know where they want the road to go?

The Plan could be announced any time between now and the start of the meetings, and I hope that it is. After the awful season this team put out, the off-season hasn’t been much better yet. I’m not going to pull crap like this idiot, but I could use some encouraging news.

UPDATE: Immediately after posting this, @MLBastian tweeted (twittered? twitted?) Anthopoulos will be speaking to the media later today. The plan may be unveiled. It may not be. Nobody knows. Or, more correctly, I don’t know.

Catching up after the Cito depression

Phillies win

Why are people congratulating the Yankees? Did advertising lie to me again?

• Ever wonder how Roy Halladay got to be so awesome? Turns out it has nothing to hard work and dedication. It’s because he is a moose.

Dave LaRoche, pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51s, has a wife. His wife writes a column for the Fort Scott Tribune. The Jays’ recent coaching shakeup inspired this column of hers. It’s not particularly well written, and it does devolve into religious pap near the end, but if you’re one of those people who think that those involved with sports teams are not normal people it might be worth looking at.

• Some twerp over at Bleacher Report is already talking about how Doctor Moose will lead the Yankees to a repeat next year.

• I know its old news now, but Vernon Wells is having his wrist worked on again. Upon hearing the news, my reaction was “right, that’s why he sucked so hard this year.” But I was being stupid. If the wrist was the problem, why was his OPS 146 points higher on the road? Maybe all the booing goes straight to his wrist?

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J.P. surprises everyone

First B.J. Ryan is taken off the DL without being returned to the closer’s role, now Ricky Romero is taken off the DL and, instead of bumping someone from the big league rotation, he’s being sent to Vegas.

The last couple of weeks seems to have been a constant debate about who’s headed to the minors when Romero and Jesse Litsch and Casey Janssen get healthy. Rob Ray was the consensus choice, with Scott Richmond getting some recent shoves toward the door (even though he’s only had one bad start).

But instead of doing any of that, J.P. just sent the first healthy guy down to the minors.

As great as Romero’s been, I’m cool with the move.

Sure, there’s a good chance that Ray’s start tomorrow will be his last, but maybe not. All the arms in the rotation are doing good right now, so why screw with it?

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I guess a bird can change its colours

brian-burres

With the likes of Shaun Marcum, Dustin McGown, Jesse Litsch and Ricky Romero all currently rotting healing on the disabled list, the Jays have turned to Brian Burres to start tonight’s game against the Pale Hose.

Burres, in a little over two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, posted some less-than-inspiring numbers, going 5-13, with a 5.88 ERA and a WHIP of 1.655. So far this season, with three appearances (hello small sample size!) under his belt with the Las Vegas 51s, Burres’s numbers are comparable, going 0-2, with a 6.97 ERA and 1.287 WHIP.

I’ll guess that the WHIP is down because of facing minor league hitters while the ERA is up because the Pacific Coast League is notorious for being a hitters’ league. As for the wins and losses, I hope we all know by know that they’re no good way of measuring a pitcher.

So what can we expect from tonight’s game? Unless Burres has turned things around or Cito’s magic fixes him up, I think we can expect a fair amount of offence from the ChiSox. But if the Jays swing the bats and Alexei Ramirez plays shortstop like they did in last night’s 14-0 win, it shouldn’t matter how bad the Burres is.

As if you needed another reason to go to Vegas

If you’re trying to convince yourself that the Jays’ farm team and the strip and the all-you-can-eat buffets and the Elvis impersonators and trying to recreate the life of Hunter S. Thompson aren’t good enough reasons to go to Las Vegas, maybe $1 beer night is the incentive you need. It sure beats a dry game or a wet game where cans of Bud cost $10.

The Edge is good for something other than playing the Red Hot Chili Peppers every second song

This is apparently a picture of Haddix during one of his 12 perfect innings. Click the pic for the New York Times game story.

This is apparently a picture of Haddix during one of his 12 perfect innings. Click the pic for the New York Times game story.

I know this band has been around for a while already, but my tendency to listen to sports radio and crazy conspiracy theories means I’m not always up to date on the most recent musical happenings.

I guess there’s a band out there called The Baseball Project. And they write songs about baseball. And they’re pretty good. And if the Edge hadn’t randomly played one of their songs the other day, I wouldn’t know about Harvey Haddix.

Haddix will always be remembered for taking a perfect game into the 13th inning of a game against the Milwaukee Braves on May 26, 1959. Haddix retired 36 consecutive batters in 12 innings, but his Pittsburgh teammates didn’t score, as Braves pitcher Lew Burdette was also pitching a shutout.

After a fielding error by Don Hoak ended the perfect game in the bottom of the 13th, the runner was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, which was followed by an intentional walk to Hank Aaron. Joe Adcock then hit a home run, ending the no hitter and the game. However, in the confusion, Aaron left the basepaths and was passed by Adcock for the second out. Eventually the hit was changed from a home run to a double by a ruling from National League president Warren Giles; instead of three runs on a home run, only the first Braves run counted. But the game ended there, with the Pirates and Haddix losing 1–0.

Haddix’s 12 and 2/3-inning, one-hit complete game, against the team that had just represented the NL in the previous two World Series, is considered by many to be the best pitching performance in major league history.

After the game, Haddix received many letters of congratulations and support, as well as one from a fraternity which read, in its entirety, “Dear Harv, tough shit.” “It made me mad,” recounted Haddix, “until I realized they were right. That’s exactly what it was.”[1][2][3]

In 1993, Milwaukee’s Bob Buhl revealed that the Braves pitchers had been stealing the signs from Pittsburgh catcher Smoky Burgess, who was exposing his hand signals due to a high crouch. From their bullpen, Braves pitchers repeatedly repositioned a towel on the bullpen fence to signal for a fastball or a breaking ball, the only two pitches Haddix used in the game. Despite this assistance, the usually solid Milwaukee offense managed just the one hit.[4]

I may suck at internet searches, but this is all I could turn up in terms of the Harvey Haddix song (in an embeddable form anyway. Check their myspace page for the real song). It’s one of the members performing it live. Enjoy.

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