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Marcum is the Man

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The Opening day torch has officially been passed to Shaun Marcum.

As expected, the Blue Jays officially announced that Marcum won the Opening Day starting job and will face off against the Texas Rangers in their Home Opener just two weeks from today.

After a couple of impressive starts in Florida, Marcum was basically a no-brainer to win the coveted position of Opening Day starer.



Back in December, I plead my case for Shaun Marcum to become the new ace (and face) of the team Ever since then, he hasn’t disappointed one bit. While he doesn’t necessarily have the track record to be considered a “true ace”, I believe this is the season for Shaun Marcum to shine.

It’s definitely going to be weird not seeing Roy Halladay kick off the season, but I am very excited to see what Shaun Marcum can bring to the table is his first full year back since 2007.

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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 ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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4 Comments

  1. Peter D

    March 23, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    I am a bit concerned about putting two much expectation on a guy coming back from injury. I hope they don't push him too hard right away.

  2. Ian H.

    March 23, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    I think the only concerns they have with Marcum right now is with his cutter. Apparently that was the pitch that gave him the most trouble, and he's slowly working it back into his repertoire as Spring Training progresses.

    I'd say he's been pitching fine without it though!

  3. Hungry Leafs Fan

    March 24, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    YES! I've been a big Marcum supporter for a couple of years now. While he'll never be Doc, that doesn't mean he can't have a spot in my heart. I'm excited to see him pitch this year and I look forward to going back to the Dome to visit the vender who told me my Marcum jersey was irrelevent last year.

  4. Ian H.

    March 24, 2010 - 7:35 pm

    HLF, good to hear there are fellow Marcum fans out there! I'm looking forward to see him get a full year under his belt, and if he can carry the Jays as the new "ace".

    And don't listen to what that vendor said about Marcum. Make sure you track him/her down this year and rub it in their face!

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