Nothing is ever going to touch hockey in Canada or even come within sight of it, but it does seem like the Blue Jays, by virtue of being Canada’s only baseball team, have a pretty good opportunity to grow the fan base. To date they’ve made some tentative inroads into Quebec via TV and radio broadcasts, but they’re at least open to something a bit more grand:
Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston says he’s open to the idea of realizing the dreams of some Quebec fans and bringing his team to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium for a visit. “Certainly we would like to play a game in Montreal or in Quebec at some point in time,” Beeston told The Canadian Press. “I think it would be a terrific idea.”
Sounds rather hypothetical as opposed to something they’re actually considering, but it would be a cool idea. Baseball in Montreal didn’t die a natural death. It was murdered. I’d love to see it get another chance, even if it’s only temporary.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.