JAYS FROM THE COUCH CAUGHT UP WITH TORONTO BLUE JAYS’ INF, RYAN GOINS, TO CHAT ABOUT PITCHING AND RETURNING FROM INJURY.
It is a beautiful day at Coca-Cola Field on a hot steamy Monday in July where the Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins, bat in hand, takes BP. There is little evidence left of the arm injury that had him placed on the 15-day DL after the very long 19-inning Canada Day game against the Cleveland Indians. The game, a heartbreaking loss after such a long battle, had Goins turn in his bat for a ball to pitch relief in the 18th inning. He didn’t do so bad, pitching himself into a ground out double play.
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Last season the Baltimore Orioles cranked out 217 jacks to finish 3rd in the Major Leagues behind the Toronto Blue Jays (232 HRs) and Houston (230 HRs).
The squad also has the reigning AL HR champ of Chris Davis at 47, while Manny Machado bashed out 35 big flies to tie for 13th overall last year (Yoenis Cespedes and David Ortiz also smacked 35 longballs).
J.J. Hardy is capable of hitting 20+ HRs in a year despite his production being hampered by injury the last few seasons.
Nolan Reimold may hit 1st or 9th depending on the pitcher, and he has shown a penchant for hitting a ball beyond the fence as well.
Playing in a home park like Camden Yards helps. Having road games in Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and the Rogers Centre for an additional 26 – 27 contests also bodes well. Read the rest of this entry