Game Threat: Blue Jays (16-17) @ Giants (17-16)

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Scuttlebutt

The San Francisco Giants almost moved to Toronto 40 years ago, and the always excellent Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles wonders what San Francisco baseball would have been like had that happened. Read it. At least go for the picture of Will Clark, Ryne Sandberg, and Andre Dawson at what must be the 1991 All-Star Game at SkyDome. *Unless I’m wrong.

Brett Cecil’s wife, Jenn, had a baby! And Brett was presumably somewhere nearby!

Uh… so… the Cubs are pretty good.

ICYMI, a couple roster notes — plus a bunch of quality links, obviously — in today’s Daily Duce.

Hey, and don’t forget to vote in the sidebar poll about where Drew Storen should be pitching!

TV: Sportsnet One

Next Game(s): Tomorrow, @ Giants, 10:15 PM ET
And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar(R) CF
Josh Donaldson(R) 3B
Jose Bautista(R) RF
Edwin Encarnacion(R) 1B
Michael Saunders(L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Russell Martin(R) C
Ryan Goins(L) 2B
Aaron Sanchez(R) RHP

San Francisco Giants

Denard Span(L) CF
Joe Panik(L) 2B
Matt Duffy(R) 3B
Brandon Belt(L) 1B
Hunter Pence(R) RF
Brandon Crawford(L) SS
Gregor Blanco(L) LF
Trevor Brown(R) C
Jake Peavy(R) RHP
    • Barry

      I’ve often wondered about that. On the one hand … they would have been an existing team with a minor league system all set up. On the other hand, it wasn’t a very good team, nor was it a very good minor league system, as far as I know. They also had a front office and scouting staff. Would the Toronto Giants have hired Pat Gillick? My guess would be no — they didn’t have an open position for him. Gillick may have ended up GM of the Yankees (or another team).

      As it was, they became competitive quickly, particularly for the time. (The expansion draft didn’t make nearly as many quality players available to the Jays and Mariners as later expansion drafts did. Plus, free agency did not evolve into the bonanza it is today until roughly the late 80s, so an expansion team from the 70s really had to build from the ground up.) They were contenders by 1983 with an excellent minor league system, and they remained contenders for more than a decade.