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SportsRosie DiManno: The young Blue Jays are out to launch

09:41  18 august  2019
09:41  18 august  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Rosie DiManno (born c. 1956) is a Canadian journalist who has worked at the Toronto Star since beginning her career in 1975. In 2012 the Canadian Olympic Committee honored DiManno for covering over 10 Olympic games. Dimanno was born in Toronto to Italian immigrants.

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Rosie DiManno: The young Blue Jays are out to launch© Mark Blinch Rookie Bo Bichette has been punishing baseballs to all fields. In a season when homers are flying at a record rate, the Jays have been keeping pace in that regard.

“A no-hitter is a classic work of art, a shutout is a beautiful painting, stealing bases and the hit-and-run are ballet movements. But … there is nothing so beautiful as the arc a baseball makes when it soars out of the ballpark.’’

— Ted Williams

Belted 521 of them, tied for 20th all-time. Including a 502-footer that reached the 33rd row of the bleachers at Fenway — and crashed through the straw hat worn by one Joseph A. Boucher. Who grumbled afterwards: “How far away must one sit to be safe in this park?”

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Blue Jays fans’ patience will be put to the test in a rebuilding year that starts Thursday with the club’s top two prospects idling in the minors, and several veterans likely to be shipped out of town — starting with Kendrys Morales to the A’s, Rosie DiManno writes.

The slider that Bo Bichette cranked into left-centre at Rogers Centre in the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon travelled 409 feet — his fifth round-tripper in 19 games — was certainly a thing of beauty. Almost as pretty as he is.

“He kept throwing me fastballs that looked like they were going to hit my shin and then coming back over and hitting the corners,” the 21-year-old said afterwards of his at-bat against Seattle reliever Taylor Guilbeau, making his major league debut. “Honestly, he made a pretty good pitch that last pitch but I was able to stay inside it and wait long enough.’’

None of the rookie’s home runs have been cheap shots, though some have certainly perplexed outfielders, the way they just kept on going after looking like fly-ball outs.

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Teammates fall out with each other. Reporters are viewed dimly where once rookies were thrilled to If there’s an emotional lodestar to these Jays , it’s Josh Donaldson. And he wasn’t in the lineup For all their professed self-confidence, emerging out of a ghastly April, their longest winning streak extended

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“Obviously there are parts that are easier to hit home runs at,” continued Bichette, who’s hammered his long balls both pulling and the other way. “For me, it’s more if I hit it good, it’s going to go out. I hit that one good.’’

So did catcher Reese McGuire, with his leadoff homer in the seventh. Both were solo shots and to no avail as the Jays were edged 4-3 by the Mariners. But you take your thrills where you find them and these Jays, who were supposed to play more little ball this year — that was the view, anyway, coming out of spring training — have been laying on the lumber, like slugging teams of yore.

“Managing is about making an adjustment,’’ Charlie Montoyo had observed pre-game. “Almost everybody in the lineup can go deep. So now I don’t push the envelope. I let ’em hit because everybody likes to have a three-run homer. And we’ve been doing it for the last month and a half.”

Indeed, the Jays have whacked 112 home runs since June 16, second-most in the majors behind the Yankees, as of this writing.

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By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. While reigning MVP Donaldson was kept out of the home-run barrage, he contributed effectively, starting out with a single, said thank-you very much to a couple of walks — came ’round to score on both of them — lashing a 3-2 pitch that one-hopped the centrefield fence as

By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. Knock-knock. Who’s there? Your 1-and-6 Toronto Blue Jays . Scuttling and scuffling home to the Rogers Centre lugging a franchise-tying season start pffft, then Interleague play straight out of the chute, against the blah Brewers, rather an American League East adversary.)

Loads of fun. But that stat would mean more if baseball wasn’t going homer crazy: 5,139 as of start of play Saturday, on pace for a historically gobsmacking 6,857 over a full-season 2019 — by far exceeding the record of 5,693 set in 2000, during the steroid era.

Pitchers hate it, naturally. Some, such as Houston’s Justin Verlander, have been quite vocal about their suspicions that something’s hinky. Juiced, like.

“I’ve seen some balls that, the way they come off the bat sometimes, when you think it’s just a meaningful fly ball, then it goes 400 feet,” said Jays closer Ken Giles, “I don’t really have a theory. Either players are getting stronger, maybe bats are getting a little bit harder, or the ball could be manipulated.”

What Giles and many other pitchers have noticed is that there’s less consistency among balls when they come out of the box. “Maybe two are the same, not like they were five years ago when I broke into the league. Some bigger, some smaller. Higher laces.

“I can’t really say much because I don’t have any proof. We can speak our minds as much as we want but it’s not going to change anything right now about balls going farther. Hit and miss, I guess. For me, it feels like Russian roulette.”

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Back to the mound, the Blue Jays having failed to do anything with the opportunities they’d scrabbled off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy, including a reversed out call at first base and Kevin Pillar standing 90 feet from home in the opening frame with none out . But that’s been the perplexing tenor of these Jays

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With so many young arms on the Toronto pitching staff, few can reach for comparisons with previous years, at least at the big league level.

“From 2016, yeah,” said reliever Derek Law. “I couldn’t tell you the difference, but it’s definitely different. If you hold them in both hands, just looking at them. I thought maybe the size, but could be the laces are more wound tight. They seem to be going a little further this year.

“If you make a mistake now, you’re less likely to get away with it. Before it was the warning track, now it’s 10 rows deep.”

In fact, MLB has more or less admitted there’s something weird afoot, less drag on the balls, which may account for the onslaught of home runs. One theory, arising from scientific experiments conducted last year, is that the centring of the “pill” — the cork substance in the middle of the ball, which is wrapped in yarn — might have been adjusted at the point of production by Rawlings. (The balls are made in Costa Rica.) Or the 108 stitches are smoother, more difficult for pitchers to grip.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has claimed otherwise. “They (Rawlings) haven’t changed their process in any meaningful way,” he said in June. “They haven’t changed their materials.”

He outright rejected that the Lords of Baseball have deliberately had the balls altered to satisfy the public’s thirst for jacks. “Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an alteration in the baseball,” he told the Baseball Writers Association of American at the all-star game. “The biggest flaw in that logic is that baseball somehow wants more home runs. If you sat in an owners’ meeting and listened to people talk about the way our game is being played, that is not the sentiment among the owners for whom I work. There is no desire on the part of ownership to increase the number of home runs in the game.”

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The Blue Jays , now by 2 1/2 games. We are speaking here, off the top, about a first inning that First base, as it turned out , was scarcely a way station for the hitters from up in the “6,” since only Troy He’s the youngest starter in the majors but wasn’t the youngest ballplayer in Yankee Stadium on

By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. And whack the ball, Blue Jays style. “Today,” observed Josh Donaldson, “ was more Toronto Blue Jays offence-like than what we’ve seen early on in the season.” On this afternoon, the Jays trailed only fleetingly, when Mark Canha took J.A. Happ over the fence in

Still and yet. They’re crushing it, moonshots galore. Fifteen teams are on pace to beat their franchise records, led by the Minnesota Twins which have already surpassed their best tally of 225 in 1963.

Another intriguing statistic: According to data crunched by Baseball Prospectus, the Jays are ripping a higher percentage of runs via homers than any other team in the majors this season: 54.18 per cent. It’s called the “Guillen Number’’ and, in fact, teams from 2019 occupy nine of the top 14 spots, out of 2,925 collated. Toronto is No. 1, No. 2 (2010) and No. 8 (2017).

Of course the Jays didn’t make the playoffs in 2010 and 2017 and they certainly won’t in 2019. So maybe it doesn’t translate into quantifiable success.

Juiced or not, hitters most assuredly don’t want to be told that it’s about the ball and not them.

“Guys are throwing harder than ever and throwing more off-speed than ever,’’ said Justin Smoak, who’s sitting at 19 home runs. “The harder a guy throws, harder the ball’s going to come off the bat. The more you spin it, the further the ball’s going to fly.

“The balls feel the same to me. But I’m not a pitcher.”

Going … going … gone.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno

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