The Big Lubanski

It might be a little early to start giving nicknames to guys like Chris Lubanski, but the meantime, The Big Lubanski (hat tip to The Globe’s Rob Macleod) seems like the perfect moniker.

Lubanski turned quite a few heads after he crushed a three-run home run in yesterday’s Spring Training Home Opener against the Tigers. Not to get all up in arms after just a couple of at bats, but could Chris Lubanski be the second coming of a superstar?

Obviously, the Kansas City Royals saw that Lubanski had the potential to be a star player, and that’s why he was their first pick in the 2003 draft.


Unfortunately for the Royals, he failed to display any signs of promise in their farm system and although he spent six years within the Royals organization, Lubanski never logged any Major League service time.

Interestingly enough, Chris Lubanski was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 MLB draft ahead of fellow Blue Jays Aaron Hill (13th) and Shaun Marcum (80th).

Still relitately young at 24 years old, Chris Lubanski is hoping for a second chance at success with the Toronto Blue Jays.

If his first game with Toronto was any indication of what’s to come, the team just might have another heavy-hitting left handed bat to add to their arsenal.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

9 thoughts on “The Big Lubanski

  • March 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Lubanski on the Royals and their lack of interest in resigning him: "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, [their] opinion, man."

  • March 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Nice one! I totally should have included that in the post somewhere, but I'm glad you mentioned it.

  • March 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    You'd think I would have remembered to put my name to my comments. But just goes to show you messing up picture linking during live chat isn't the only skill I lack.

    But yeah, I've been waiting for that joke to be set-up since he signed.

  • March 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Also, by that second sentence, I've shown that I also lack putting together proper, cohesive sentences together.

    I'm like the Joe Lawrence of Jays bloggers and commentators.

  • March 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Roll, no worries – I switched over the comment box yesterday because I just kept getting too much spam.

    And don't worry, the grammar police won't come anywhere near this place. If they did, I'd be put away for 25 to life.

  • March 5, 2010 at 12:12 am

    The Big Lubanski. I like it!

    I'm with you, let's give the kid a chance and see what he can do before writing him off as another failed first rounder. Dude was born in 1985!

  • March 5, 2010 at 3:49 am

    All the credit for the name goes to Macleod at The Globe. But I agree, why not give Lubanski a shot? He's a young kid and still has tons of time to develop in the minors.

  • April 26, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I went to High School and played ball with Chris, this kid can absolutely rake it. I keep following this kid and im really suprised they havent given him a shot yet?! He kills it at any level they put him on. Obviously im from Philly and a Phillies fan, they shouldnt make the same mistake with Ryan Howard. They should of brought him up earlier instead of when he was 26 years old. We should of never signed Jim Thome (who were still paying) and gave Ryan the job. But oh well, hes the second best first baseman in the game (behind Pujols)and brought us a championship. Good luck "The Big Lubanski" haha

  • April 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Very cool – Lubanski did really well in Spring Training, but it looks like he's performing pretty well with the Jays Triple A affiliate in Las Vegas.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he was a September call-up later this year, but he definitely has a bright future with this organization.

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