JAYS UPDATES
* This section will be dedicated to the roster moves and off the diamond news of the Jays organization.


The birds are chirping, the sun is starting to shine, and it's baseball time again.  Check back all through the season for updates on the Blue Jays progress and off the diamond information.

05/10/01 - Ash is to Ashes
    Toronto GM Gord Ash was fired the other day.  A replacement has not been named yet, and will be done by commity until then.  The Blue Jays have a few games remaining, and will finish out of the playoffs for the 7th straight year.   Coincidentally, Gord Ash had been the GM for 7 years.  Hopefully with a new GM the team can pull together and make a run at the post-season next year.

03/09/01 - The end is drawing near...
    With only a few weeks left in the season, the Jays are playing some of their best baseball of the year.  Last night they crushed the Tigers 11-0, led by Esteban Loaiza who pitched a complete game shut out allowing only 4 hits.  Darren Fletcher provided the offense, matching a career high with 5 RBI's.   However, they remain 13 games back in the wild card standings.  So we'll just have to look forward to next season!  In other Jays news, they recalled 6 players from the minors and Kelvim Escobar is undergoing some tests to determine if he has an aneurysm in his pitching arm.   Escobar has had trouble with his arm on a few occasions this season, and experienced numbness in his fingers the other night.  However, the chance of Escobar having some sort of aneurysm is remote.

23/06/01 - Please, Make it stop....
    The Toronto Blue Jays go face Boston today, hoping to make up some ground in the American League East.  Troubles that have plagued the team in the past month and a half are continuing, leaving the Jays 9.5 games out of 1st place.  Still sitting in third place, the Jays are trailing the New York Yankees, and the Boston Red Sox, who are three games ahead of their nearest competition.  Hopefully, as the All-Star Break draws closer, the sun will appear from behind the clouds, and the Jays can start to make up ground and start to compete for a playoff birth.
 

25/05/01 - Bull Pen slumping...
    After starting off the season red hot, the Jays have crawled back down to normal.   They're sitting 3rd in the East, 2.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox.  Esteban Loiaza had a great start to the season, but has now lost 4 in a row.  Although going 8 2/3 strong innings this evening, Loaiza was no match for Hideo Nomo who allowed just one hit with no walks while retiring 14 Jays.   Pitchers Chris Michalak and Paul Quantrill have been playing great, with Quantrill's ERA a minuscule 1.26.  Joey Hamilton and Steve Parris haven't been having great luck, though, with ERA's of 5.40 and 5.59 respectively.  Hopefully we can get some consistency throughout the next few months leading up to the World Series.   In other news,  manager Buck Martinez has taken a leave from the team for 3 games to attend his mother-in-law's funeral.  Our condolences go out to the family.

11/04/01 - Hot Off the Mark...
    With only ten games gone in the 2001 season, it's too soon to plan the return of the World Series to Canadian soil.  However, with a 7-3 record, the Jays are lighting up the scoreboard, and shining in the American League East.  After taking two of out three from the World Champion Yankees, the Jays are off to a great start against their divisions hottest rivals.  However, the going will only get tougher, as the season wears on.  However, with the new life injected by manager, and fan favourite commentator, Buck Martinez, the season should prove to be entertaining no matter what.  The good news? If the season ended today, we'd be heading to the post-season!

01/04/01 - Opening Day in Puerto Rico
    The Jays opened their 2001 season today in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with an 8-1 win over the Texas Rangers.  Shannon Stewart and Tony Batista both hit home runs, and Esteban Loaiza struck out 9 in 7 innings to earn the win.  The capacity crowd of 19,891  erupted for each homegrown star: Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, Ricky Ledee and Jose Cruz Jr.   The win was the first for new manager Buck Martinez, and is hopefully one of many to come this season!

19/02/01 - Spring Training begins!!
    The Jays took to the field for the first time yesterday in Dunedin, Florida.  This also marked the first time new manager Buck Martinez took to the field wearing his familiar #13.  Everyone seemed excited about the upcoming season as they participated in their first team workout.   Martinez told his players, "We're here for one reason: We're here to win."  We hope so! The Jays haven't made the playoffs since they won the World Series in 1993.  In other Jays news, Mike Sirotka, acquired in the six-player trade that sent David Wells to the White Sox, took part in all the workouts except throwing.   His daily routine has him in rehab two hours before team workouts and back for another session after.  The prognosis of Sirotka's shoulder remains a mystery.  He passed one physical after the trade, but the Blue Jays announced last week that a second exam revealed a complete tear of the labrum and the left-hander would likely have to miss the whole season.  What a good trade that ended up being.  Thanks a lot Chicago!  :p

23/01/01 - Jays sign Fullmer, Cruz and Esteban
    The Jays announced that right-hander Esteban Loaiza, designated hitter Brad Fullmer and outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. have all agreed to two-year contracts.  Loaiza, who was one of the more consistent pitchers with the team last year after coming over in a trade from Texas, is guaranteed $10.3 million over the 2 years.  Fullmer, also playing in his first year as a Blue Jay, is set to make $6.5 million, and Cruz, who set career highs with 32 doubles, 31 home runs and 76 RBIs last season, will make $6.3 million.  All 3 players are getting HUGE raises.  Loaiza made $3 million last year (he'll get $4.5 million in the 1st year of the contract), Fullmer made $310,000 last season (he'll make $2.25 million in the 1st year of his contract) and Cruz made $500,000 last season (he'll make $2.1 million next season).  I Guess they have a lot of money left over after dumping David Wells' hefty contract :)

15/01/01 - Adios Mr. Wells
    David Wells was traded yesterday, but not to New York like he requested.  He's going to join Frank Thomas and the White Sox in Chicago.   Although it was not his first choice, Wells is happy to be going to a city with great fans.   According to him,  Toronto fans suck.  I'm not from Toronto, but I don't think Jays fans suck!!!!  Well, I guess we should be happy we're rid of him because he didn't want to be there... His 20 wins will REALLY be missed, but hopefully the 3 pitchers we got from Chicago can help us out.   The trade was Wells and Matt Dewitt, for pitchers Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne and Mike Williams and outfielder Brian Simmons.  Wells is on his honeymoon, and wasn't able for comment on the trade, but White Sox general manager Kenny Williams seems to think he'll fit in just perfectly.   So long, and good ridence David Wells.

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