Brandon, meet Brandon

Not to sound like the age old cliche, but sometimes it’s amazing what a change in scenery will do for a player.

Of course I’m talking about Brandon Morrow. Although it’s still very early in the season, I think it’s safe to say that the trade for Morrow was one of Alex Anthopoulos’ best moves of the off-season.

Morrow has flashed moments of greatness and still has an incredible amount of upside as a 25 year old starting pitcher. It makes you wonder why the Seattle Mariners were to quick to give up on their first round pick from the 2006 draft.


On the other side of the coin, we have Brandon League. He was arguably being groomed as the future closer for the Blue Jays. League was so inconsistent though that the Jays found themselves in a similar position as the Seattle Mariners with Brandon Morrow. They had to turn over a new leaf, and for both clubs that mean sending their players to a new team.

So now the Blue Jays roll into Seattle for a three two game series, and both teams will get their first looks at each other’s prized acquisitions.

Image courtesy of The League League

It seems like Brandon League is trying to dress himself up like a someone who’s seeing their ex for the first time since they broke up. Gone are the glasses, and now League has contacts and a new haircut to boot. Basically, this is Brandon League’s way of saying “this is what you’re missing”.

The Blue Jays however have moved on to their new Brandon. Hey, breakups are never easy … but the healing happens a little quicker when the one you’re with is so much better than your former flame.

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.

6 thoughts on “Brandon, meet Brandon

  • May 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Wow looking much better, I liked him when he was good but it was always a coin toss. Just editor note, its only a two game set against Seattle

  • May 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Morrow has waaaay more upside but we will see if he develops to his full potential. PS-Jays have as many wins as the Yankees…

  • May 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Daliberal, dually noted. These two game series are totally throwing me off. I liked League too, but it was always either "good Brandon" or "bad Brandon" and there was never any way of knowing which one was going to come out of the bullpen.

  • May 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I know, can you believe it? Playoffs!

  • May 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    That's all part of the pleasure — the unpredictability.

    And he's looking good as always. TY for plug.

    Editor's note #2: I think you missed the word ex between "who's seeing their for the first time"

  • May 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Wendy, thanks for the heads up. I really need to proofread these things more often. That's what I get for dropping out of OAC English.

    And yes, I can see how that's part of the appeal with League. I've always thought of him as a Rick Vaughn-esque character, hopefully he becomes the Mariners closer one day.

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