First Workout Photos

Here is a slew of photos that I took while checking out the Blue Jays’ first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Monday. I don’t have the photo gallery option I had with the previous blog format from past seasons, so I’ll just drop ‘em in the post here. Enjoy. ~JB

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Here’s manager Cito Gaston holding court with members of the Toronto media

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Scott Richmond and Jeremy Accardo during early-morning stretching

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Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg

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Vernon Wells, Alex Rios and Aaron Hill (From left) head in after BP

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Outfielder Adam Lind playing catch

 
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Shaun Marcum plays catch with a team trainer

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Matt Clement throws during a bullpen session

 
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Scott Richmond in his windup during a bullpen session

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Jeremy Accardo throws a pitch during a bullpen session

 
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Ace Roy Halladay throwing during a bullpen session

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GM J.P. Ricciardi watching pitchers with manager Cito Gaston

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Closer B.J. Ryan prepares a throw during a bullpen session

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Brian Tallet winds up during a bullpen session

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GM J.P. Ricciardi and hitting coach Gene Tenace watch the pitchers

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Japan’s Ken Takahashi holds court with the Japanese press

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Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg talking shop with pitcher Matt Clement

15 Comments

JB – thanks for the pics! ST is truly here…

BJ looks like he’s in good form. Hope Accardo is able to harness the power of the beard…

Question – how have the pitchers competing for the 4-5 spots in the rotation looked? Any front runners so far in your opinion? (I know that they just reported, but it looks like they’ve all had an opportunity to throw now)

Awsome photos, they are rejuvinating my spirit after a long winter.
Not so sure im a big fan of the Accardo beard? he looks like a lumberjack, I didn’t even recognize him.

I know you asked Jordan but they pitchers have only thrown bullpen, probably not even at 100% yet so I would find it hard to beleive that anyone could take much away from it regarding their place in the rotation. I’d wait till the games start before even thinking about who is looking like frontrunners.

Ha anyone else notice Accardo’s blue glove and snazzy new blue accented shoes, this guy is a walking fashon statement to go with the beard! haha

Brandon League is in for a break out year. If BJ is traded at the deadline he could be a good closer.

Just a piece of Scott Carsons article on Sportsnet.ca. Interesting idea that I havnt considered until now.

The Globe and Mail’s baseball columnist Jeff Blair made an excellent point while being interviewed on the Fan 590, Toronto’s all-sports radio station on Monday by Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds when he wondered aloud if the biggest reason that the Blue Jays’ payroll was slashed this off-season was to position the ball club to be sold, especially since the passing of principle owner Ted Rogers back in December. Sure the failing economy — coupled with the falling Canadian dollar — handcuffed the team and caused the payroll to be slashed by close to 20 per cent but, as Blair pointed out, this has all the earmarks of eliminating any massive overhead to make the team more attractive to potential buyers. It was something that I hadn’t thought off before but it makes perfect sense when you think about it.

We can be 15 games out at the deadline and JP wont trade BJ or anyone else still thinking we have a chance.

JB, thanks for the pitcures,you are the best,gee do i sound like a butt kisser????lol.

I liked your story on Millar,and i hope he makes the team.

Quicksilver
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Rogers sold the team and with Ted Rogers passing maybe it’s the best thing for the Jays. I get the feeling Ted was one of few in Rogers that supported his vision.

JB-Thanks for the pictures, now if you can add some of that 75′ weather, we’ll all feel like we’re there.
Any update on Aaron Hill’s health?

So how do they finish in the AL East this year. My bet is:

Yankees
Tampa Bay
Red Sox
Toronto
Baltimore

gjays
that is the logical choice but look at predictions from previous years and they show that it is almost impossible to predict how teams will finish.
The Yankees- —-will be the 2009 version of the 08 Detroit Tigers.
The Rays —–will be good but not great. 85 wins or so. count on several of there pitchers having arm troubles after playing so late in the year with an inexpierienced staff. (kazmir, Shields, Garza, all saw significant increase in the work load.)
The sox are the sox. and on the other end Baltimore is Baltimore.

ITs gonna be a fun year.

Quicksilver
I think the Rays will give some back this year-but its not from pitching. Remember they have David Price ready to go, so they have 6-7 very good starters and a deep pen. COuld have the best pitching overall in the AL.
But the Yanks have too much talent and too much motivation. They really didn’t like missing the playoffs last year and this A-Rod thing has probably helped the team. I look for them to jump out of the gate and go strong all year.
I think all 3 of these teams (TB,NY and Boston) could all win 95-100 games and i’d exect it to be a dog fight till the last day.

So what is JP trying to feed us in saying he needs Millar since we are lh heavy and face some tough left handers?
Last time I checked Boston only had 1 leftie, TB and NY 2-of which one is Petite who we’ve mobbed almost every time we’ve faced him.

So we face 5 lefties in the AL east top 3 teams and wait for this one-10 righties including Becket, Burnett, Chamberlain, Wang, Matsuzaka and others. And JP is expressing concern that having Snider, Lind and Overbay (3 lefties) in the lineup is a problem…..
JP, you’d better come up with a better BS lie than that one, cause it doesn’t fly.

Best bet Rays, Yanks and Sox duking it out to the end. It’s gonna be an AL East showdown. Any word on Aaron Hill’s health now?

gjays
your right i forgot about Price. Either way there pitching is scary. But of course us Jays fans know how fast that can change.

Thanks for the shots!
MLB should buy you a camera and have you work double time.
Just kidding – I appreciate how you share your access.

One more week till the first game!

R

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