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  • #16
    Just a quick note, I was lucky enough to have a lengthy interview with Joey Votto in 2008. It's not unfathomable that this guy could end up a Jay one day. He's very close with his family (has two twin little brothers) and they still live in the Toronto area. He was a huge Blue Jays fan when he was growing up and he LOVES the city of Toronto. The Reds will likely sign him to a long-term deal before the Jays have a shot at him, but Toronto would definitely be on the top of his list of preferred playing destinations.
    Check out my Canadian baseball history blog called "Cooperstowners in Canada": http://www.kevinglew.wordpress.com

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    • #17
      One can only hope the Jays even get a shot at signing Votto. I just don't see it happening because of that extension idea you mentioned above. He's kind of like the Albert Pujols of the Reds, they won't let him go without a hell of a fight IMO.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by babaganoosh View Post
        One can only hope the Jays even get a shot at signing Votto. I just don't see it happening because of that extension idea you mentioned above. He's kind of like the Albert Pujols of the Reds, they won't let him go without a hell of a fight IMO.
        I agree with you. But if the Reds can't sign him, my guess is Toronto is on the top of his list of preferred destinations.
        Check out my Canadian baseball history blog called "Cooperstowners in Canada": http://www.kevinglew.wordpress.com

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        • #19
          Originally posted by History Of Baseball Fan View Post
          Hitting HRs is fine, but they aren't going to hit 4+ every game. they live and die by the HR and they will go nowhere if they have to rely on it to win every game. you can't overlook their pathetic team batting AVG... and have you ever noticed how many times they fail to cash in with RISP? i guess Lind with that .220-ish AVG, Hills .210-ish and Overbays .240ish AVG (just to name a few) says a lot right there. without their precious HR, they will fail 8 or 9 times out of 10 when they need that big hit the most.

          there are too things that have to go right for the Jays to compete next year. Hill and Lind have to have seasons similar to last years. Bautista has to prove that this year wasn't just a fluke and Wells has to put up the numbers he did 5+ years ago. the Jays also have to get rid of Gregg, Downs, Frasor and actually get some better 7-8-9 inning guys. I'd say take a chance on JJ Putz... i mean he can't be any worse than Gregg can he? I think Marcum, Cecil, Romero and Morrow pitched pretty good for the most part, but i'm not fully convinced yet that any of those four are going to be Cy Young candidates anytime soon. you throw a guy like Cliff Lee infront of those four and you have one of the best starting rotations on baseball.
          Right a little more average could certainly not hurt. the offense is very strange. they lead the league in slugging and HRs(even the yanks), but their BA is only 8th. very strange is also that they are 4th in OPS which usually correlates well with runs but only 8th in runs.

          Still of course the pitching is a big problem. they hav promising talent but it's not quite there exept their top 3 who are quite good. overall their pitching ranks 11th in era in the league only ahead of cleveland, baltimore and KC
          I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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