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BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

SCOUTS HONOUR

- The Jays signed and developed the most players on opening-day rosters ... again. Of the 833 players, counting those on the disabled list, the Jays developed 42 players, three more than the Los Angeles Dodgers. This marks eighth of the previous 11 seasons that the Jays under former scouting directors Bob Engle, Tim Wilken and Chris Buckley have ranked either first or second in producing major leaguers.

OOPS ...

- How good is first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. the son of the former Jays slugger? Three years ago when Mayberry was selected in the first round, his talent was compared to Dave Winfield but he chose to attend Stanford University. Heading into the June draft, Mayberry is ranked the ninth best collegian by Baseball America. According to an agent, a Jays scout told Casey Close, Mayberry's representative, "We don't like him." Good business? Well, it's still early, things change and why zing Close, who has a few other clients, including Derek Jeter.

SPITTING IMAGE

- Yankees crack advance scout Chuck Cottier breeds Rotweiller dogs. All are given baseball terms for names: Slider, Wrigley, Sinker, etc. The name of his latest doggie? "My wife asked what I was going to call him, I looked and looked a light went on ... he had such a big head. I decided to call him Cisco." Cisco? "He has a big old helmet head like Galen Cisco." Cisco was the pitching coach when the Jays won back-to-back World Series in 1992 and '93 and later Cottier and Cisco served on Terry Francona's staff with the Philadelphia Phillies.

HELLO, LARRY

- A hearty welcome to Larry Millson of the Globe and Mail, who returned to press row this homestand after surgery. Millson is the senior active member of the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers of America Association. How respected is Millson? Well wishers contacting him included former Toronto GM Gord Ash, to ex-Jays Mike Flanagan, Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado as well as former manager Jim Fregosi. Fregosi was concerned Millson was bothered by a winter without hockey.

TRVIA MATTERS

- The information in the trivia box (left) is provided by Bruce Brown, of Columbia, Md. and Scott Brandon, of Layton, Utah, two stalwart Society For American Baseball Research members as SABR (www.sabr.org/) readies for its 35th annual convention, Aug. 4-7 in Toronto. Contact either Brown (BBrown8870@aol.com) or Brandon (t_scott_brandon@msn.com) to subscribe to daily trivia.


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