Blue Jays Morning Brew: Rasmus, Melky and These Young Guys


Sep 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Daniel Norris (32) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Good Morning. Wipe the sleep from your eyes because we’ve brewed up a fresh pot of Blue Jay goodness to start your day. Here’s your Blue Jays Morning Brew.

Apparently, the Blue Jays are being quite open about their intentions for Colby Rasmus for the remainder of the season. In a Barry Davis interview at, Rasmus opens up about his role for the final month. He’s been told that he is taking a back seat to “these younger guys”. Personally, this makes me sad. I love Rasmus as the Blue Jays CF. Then, I remember the rage that boiled within me with every strike out. The things is, will “these young guys” be able to bring what Colby does? Anthony Gose brings good D, but his hitting is…well…you know. Is Dalton Pompey ready to take the job? Probably not. So, it looks like we’ll see an arrangement of Kevin Pillar and/or Gose in 2015.

Daniel Norris made his big league debut on Friday. The 21 year old who started the 2014 season in Dunedin has rocketed all the way up to The Show. And, the highlight of his debut? Oh, you know, just a strike out of Big Papi, David Ortiz.

Norris is not the only Blue Jays to make his MLB debut and set down the iconic Red Sox slugger. You might recall Rob Rasmussen‘s debut earlier in the year.

The folks at @BaseballPhotos bring us another beauty. This time, they break down the time a hitter has to react and hit the ball while it is being hurled toward him. It emphasizes just how hard hitting actually is. There is so much going on and so little time to do it in. Don’t worry Anthony Gose, ‘Hittin’ Ain’t Easy’.

And, the best news I’ve heard in a while…apparently, Melky Cabrera WANTS TO stay in Toronto. I’ll let this simple, yet powerful clip speak for itself:

And, since Melky broke his pinky finger Friday night in Boston, he very well could have played his last game in Toronto. But, since The Melkman has nothing but surgery and recovery to do now, perhaps the Blue Jays and Alex Anthopoulos can get an early start on negotiating a new deal for 2014’s most productive and consistent Blue Jays.