Monday, September 6, 2010
Labour Day Catchup
By Ian Hunter
Although I was sans baseball for about four days, the great thing about being unplugged from technology is the opportunity to gain perspective and see things a little differently.
I was up in Ottawa for a friend's wedding and there were actually a few Blue Jays connections. First of all, I just finally realized the father of the groom resembled Rance Mulliniks.
Also, I had a great talk with a couple of wedding goers on the subject of Yunel Escobar. We fawned over him and still couldn't fathom why the Atlanta Braves would give up on him and the Blue Jays are truly blessed to have such an entertaining shortstop like Yunel Escobar.
One other thing that crossed my mind was the regression season for Aaron Hill. Initially I thought this year was one of great concern for the Blue Jays second baseman. However, upon further inspection it might not be as bad as we first though.
We all knew Aaron Hill's power numbers were going to regress: I think I predicted somewhere in between 22-25 home runs for him this season. Now he has 22 and will surely hit another few in the final three weeks of the season.
2009 was unquestionably a career year for Aaron Hill and 2010 will likely be the exact opposite. So now that we've seen both ends of the spectrum from him, hopefully we can expect something in the middle for 2011 and beyond.
Anyway, those were just a few things that crossed my mind during the holidays. I'm looking forward to seeing how things shake out in the final four weeks of the season.