Blue Jays Talk

Blue Jays Talk

Post by Jim Risi » Sun, 11 Nov 1990 01:51:14

Willie Blair pitched on the Jays' ML club last year, and had a 4.06
ERA and a 3-5 W-L record in 27 games.  My recollection is that he
often was effective in middle relief, but got bombed in a couple of
starts (others can correct me on this).  The Jays liked him (he made
the team in spring training), apparently a battler with a good attitude,
etc., but without a great deal of talent.  Cleveland liked him, we are
told, because he is ready to pitch in the ML (probably as good as he is
going to get).  But you get a middle reliever and a 6th starter, but a
guy who'll pick up the ball 3-4 times a week if you ask him.  Sanchez
has a much better arm, but ain't a major leaguer yet, and may never
become one.  Sanchez has had control problems; Blair has good control.

There's talk of Bell going to Baltimore or New York, and also the Chi.
Cubs.  I don't see how any other NL club could use him, but it was
suggested in the paper this a.m. that, with the loss of Strawberry,
the Mets may sign him (are they that dumb?).  The Jays may still sign
him, depending on how much other clubs are willing to pay to sore
"left fielder" who can still hit, but is clearly well on the way
down.  After all they did offer him 2mil/a for 1 year, and I'd bet
would be willing to up that a bit (maybe some sort of guarantee for
a second year)--if he'd be willing to DH most of the time.

In the spring they were saying that Olerud was a good pitcher, with
good control, but did not have an outstanding fastball or anything,
and that it would take him a couple of years to be able to pitch in
the majors.  I think that he's ready to hit in the majors right now.
You know what they do with pitcher who can hit (hint, ask Babe Ruth).
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