Goodbye RA Dickey


I know I may be in the minority on this one, but I’m sorry to see RA Dickey leave the Toronto Blue Jay nest. I know he didn’t accomplish the ultimate goal, and in fact I didn’t like the deal when it was announced. However I have a lot of time for guys today who are good people first and by all accounts RA was just that.

Two thoughts to pass along:

One, you must listen to Scott MacArthur talk about RA Dickey because it’s great radio and perhaps it will shed some light on RA the person

Two you should listen because Scott is becoming a good broadcaster. He’s an up and comer and in this town that’s refreshing.

Listen here

Happy Friday


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November 11, 2016 10:39 am

RA was put in the unenviable position of having to live up to the horrible trade AA made.  I'm sure the Mets couldn't hang up the phone fast enough that day.  If Dickey was just another free agent signing, I'm thinking his tenure is looked upon differently.  

I had the pleasure of hearing Scotty Mac's story of reaching out to RA and their continued correspondence.  It was great to hear.  

Matty Zero
November 12, 2016 5:45 am

Dickey-Syndergaard is Toronto's Bagwell-for-Andersen The Red Sox only got over that one when they won the WS. Once the Jays win it all, it will be forgotten. But until then…

Bobby G
Bobby G
November 15, 2016 12:39 am

The Jays now have to replace Dickey’s 200 innings — good luck to them. Dickey’s departure will mean the bullpen AND the starting rotation will be taxed more next year unless someone else steps in to eat up those 200+ innings. Those who couldn’t wait for Dickey to hit the road will be the first to whine and complain if/when the pitching staff can’t handle the the extra work next year. But some people never learn.

November 15, 2016 1:58 pm

Sanchez has no innings limit next year, combine that with Liriano and I think the 200 innings are about covered. I also feel like there’s a solid chance they ad some real relievers. R.A. did an admirable job, but there’s no way u can use two roster spots on a guy that pitches every fifth day.

Bobby G
Bobby G
November 15, 2016 11:42 pm
Reply to  d

So get a different catcher than Thole. Who says Sanchez has no innings limit next year? It's likely he'll be closely monitored again especially after exceeding his limit this year by such a large margin. To expect the same level of consistency from the same pitching staff with as few games lost to injury while taking a huge chunk of innings out of the equation isn't at all realistic. Dickey wasn't Cy Young calibre in Toronto but his contributions will be sorely missed. 

November 16, 2016 11:41 am

Like I said, R.A. did an admirable job, but it makes zero sense to bring him back.

Carl A
Carl A
November 16, 2016 12:26 pm

This was one of the AA trades that Sportsnet broadcasters gloss over. Now they are circling the wagons defending Gibbons. His head would have been exploding trying to manage in this year's World Series. Always liked watching him pitch especially when he had it working. Until the manager is replaced or they acquire an allstar team the results will be the same.

Bobby G
Bobby G
November 17, 2016 10:13 pm

Uh huh. Still isn’t realistic to expect the pitching staff to duplicate the 2016 effort when you take 200 innings out of the equation. Especialy a youngster like Sanchez. Not to mention the wildcard that is Liriano. Performance and injuries are an issue the Jays need to be concerned with. And it will be interesting to see what depth they add — because they don’t have any other choice.
And the Gibbons argument is nonsensical. The Jays would have won the World Series this year with _________ as manager.
You can try to fill in the blank but there isn’t a correct answer.

Poker Guy
Poker Guy
November 29, 2016 7:50 am

Yes TSM, you are in the minority regarding Dickey.

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