Craig Calcaterra

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price warms up before Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

David Price will be available out of the bullpen in Game 5

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The day after you are forced to trot a second baseman out as a mopup man you can be darn sure that any pitcher who isn’t in intensive care is going to be available in a potential elimination game. That certainly goes for the Blue Jays today who announced that David Price is available out of the bullpen for Game 5

The Blue Jays, of course, are down 3-1 and the only pitcher who likely isn’t available is Liam Hendriks, who threw 59 pitches over 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in Game 4 on Tuesday. Even yesterday’s starter R.A. Dickey could be used if necessary given his short outing and the fact that he’s a knuckler. Of course, if he is used, it probably means the Jays are in big trouble already.

If I’m John Gibbons I start Price warming up in the first inning just in case.

Topps to release a “Pride & Perseverance” card set

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Topps just announced that they’re releasing a “Pride & Perseverance” special insert set in their latest update series, the purpose of which is to “celebrate Major League players from the past and present, who have triumphed in spite of disabilities that have come their way.”

Included in the set:

  • Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who are both cancer survivors;
  • Giants pitcher Jake Peavy, who is legally blind without his corrective lenses, which I don’t think I ever knew;
  • Astros outfielder George Springer, who has overcome stuttering, also something I didn’t know;
  • Mets reliever Buddy Carlyle, and A’s outfielder Sam Fuld, each of whom have diabetes;
  • Yankees and Angels pitcher Jim Abbott, who threw a no-hitter in 1993 and had a fine overall career, despite being born without his right hand;
  • Former Phillies, Royals and Marlins outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who played 15 years in MLB after overcoming Tourette’s syndrome;
  • Former outfielders Curtis Pride and William Hoy, each of whom played despite being deaf; and
  • St. Louis Browns outfielder Pete Gray who played despite having lost an arm in a childhood accident.

In a statement issued by Topps, its VP & General Manager, David Leiner said “These men had to overcome great odds to not only make it to the Majors, but at times with what could have been a disadvantage. Instead, they are an inspiration and we are honored to showcase them in our product.”

Very nice move, Topps. They’re on sale today. Go out and get ’em.

We need Korean announcers in Major League Baseball now

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Korean baseball is pretty fantastic. I mean, at least when games aren’t being rigged by gamblers and stuff. You have a lot of offense, crazy over-the-top bat flips and, as we learn in the video below, announcers that are such homers that they don’t only go crazy when the local nine does well, they literally chant in celebration.

Don’t blink early or you’ll miss a bat flip that would make Jose Bautista blush, but I’m really posting this for the announcers. Each of which I’d trade Harold Reynolds and Cal Ripken to get in a heartbeat:

 

(Thanks to longtime commenter — and KBO fanatic — Ren for posting this video in the comments)