Do You Have the Baseball Knowledge to Write for the Star?
Ok, let’s ask our studio audience. Based this new information:
In long relief, they’ve got Brian Tallet and Jason Frasor. If the Jays go with the usual bullpen contingent of six, that leaves just one spot open. They may also decide to go with seven relievers.
Can anyone name a major league team that used a 6-man bullpen at any point last year (red herring: the Reds were thinking about it), or is planning to next season? First prize is a journalistic career, redeemable at a major Toronto newspaper’s sports section.
In other news, Thomas is ready to go! Reed Johnson is back in health! B.J. Ryan is hoping to chomping at the bit! Rolen’s shoulder has travelled back in time! Overbay is only feeling good vibrations! Burnett has not blown his arm out yet! Wells is close to 100%! And his sense of humour even survived him being knee-buckled by a Roy Halladay curveball:
“He’s a fairly decent pitcher,” deadpanned Wells. “I think he’ll probably have a fairly good year this year. He has a pretty good chance. He has decent stuff and he works fairly hard. He’s got a chance in life.”
You can talk about the grit the new guys bring all you want, but real ballplayers know that Litotes is just as important to a team in the long haul…