Blue Jays: Spooky Facts for Halloween
By Samuel Bruce
Just in Time for Halloween, Jays Journal brings you some frightening content that will haunt even the most stalwart Toronto Blue Jays Fan!
The Blue Jays had their fair of terrors this year. A frighteningly bad record, a terrifying incident with T.J. House, a scary long list of injuries, and the list goes on and on. In the spirit of the season, I have compiled some spooky fun facts and tidbits about the Blue Jays.
So without further ado, let the nightmares begin!
Brandon Morrow was a member of the Blue Jays Rotation.
Brandon Morrow blew the lead in Game 5 of the World Series by letting up three runs to the Astros. The use of him in the game is questionable, but he has been a regular fixture in the back of the Dodgers bullpen.
From 2010 to 2014, Morrow anchored a spot in Toronto’s Rotation. This is much before the prowess of Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, Aaron Sanchez and more turned the rotation from weakness to strength. In five years with the Blue Jays Morrow compiled an ERA of 4.40 and managed a Win/Loss record of 34-31. A serviceable rotation piece to be sure, but I’d take the staff of the last few years in a heartbeat.
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Adam Lind Was Frighteningly Powerful.
In his nine years as First Baseman/DH for the Blue Jays, Adam Lind was an offensive force. During his tenure in Toronto he slashed ..273/.327/.794 with 146 Home Runs, 519 RBI’s, and 429 Runs. He was top 15 in MVP votes in 2009, and that year’s Silver Slugger too. Sure, Edwin Encarnacion was better, but only marginally so. Lind not only played 1st Base more often, but he also managed a better OBP in his tenure as well. Now this is in no way meant to suggest I’d take him over the Edwing, but looking at his stats you can see that he was scary good North of the Border!
Blue Jays Born in October are Scary Good.
Leave it to Jose Bautista to make a number his own. Not only has he immortalized #19 to Blue Jays fans across the world, but that Just so happens to be the day he was Born. On October 19th. Other frighteningly talented players born in October? Both Lourdes Gurriel Jr and Happ share Joey’s birthday. While Troy Tulowitzki, Teoscar Hernandez, and Dwight Smith Jr. Smith Jr has the distinction of being born the closest to All Halloween on the 26th.
I hope I was able to scare up some fun for you Blue Jays fans. Stay tuned to Jays Journal for all your off season coverage. And from me and all of my friends here at Jays Journal have a very safe and fun Halloween!