Labour Day Catchup

First off, let me apologize for things being very quiet around here the last week or so at The Blue Jay Hunter. I had a vacation blog post all set to be published but Blogger didn’t post for some reason.

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.

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.

2 thoughts on “Labour Day Catchup

  • September 7, 2010 at 2:10 am

    I still think Hill is a top-five second baseman, given his offensive skills. Even a guy with a chance of being a good bat at second is worth taking a chance on. Better to have Todd Walker at second, who you can easily spot with the many, many no-bat all-glove infielders, than being stuck with the alternative.

  • September 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Here here, Steve. Having a second baseman who can hit for power is definitely a plus. We all figured Hill would drop off from last season, but not to the effect it's happened in 2010.

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