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BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

FAREWELL

Backup IF Alex Gonzalez had had enough. Last Sunday was supposed to have been his final day in a Philadelphia uniform. He retired before the game, opening a spot for catcher Chris Coste. But when Phillies catcher Sal Fasano was hit in the groin with a foul tip, Gonzalez joked: "That will look good on my resume: 1994-2006, career ended when catcher hit in testicle."

HIGH FINANCES

Justin Speier remembers listening to Kerry Wood during their first spring with the Chicago Cubs, as the No. 1 pick explained how he got a $1.265 million US signing bonus and split the payments over two years -- $632,500 one year, $632,500 the other -- for tax purposes. "I went in and asked whether they'd split my $1,000 bonus over two years," quipped Speier, a 55th-round draft pick.

FLAME-THROWER

Twenty years from now, when the Jays celebrate their 60th anniversary, will any reliever have contributed as much as Duane Ward? Acquired in 1986, Ward entered the Jays bullpen in '98 and for five years in a row threw more than 100 innings, averaging 15 saves as the setup man. He then took over for Tom Henke, converting 45 saves in 1993. He worked 6341/3 innings, striking out 657.

OPEN TRYOUT

What with 98% of Ontario elite clubs on the same page for the nationals, the Ontario Cup goes June 1-4 at Pearson Fields in Guelph. More than 100 players are expected at the open tryout as manager Jason Chee-Aloy selects his team to defend its gold Medicine Hat, Alta. Aug 17-21. Each team plays five games. A Premier League all-star game will be played at Hastings Park Friday.

CONGRATULATIONS ...

To friend and former boss Scott Morrison, who won the National Hockey Hall of Fame media award this week. Back in the 1980s when I was making the rounds south of the border covering the Expos, Morrison was known as "Canada's Peter Gammons ... in hockey" among respected U.S. scribes. So, what if he wears Sportsnet makeup some nights, he's still an all-round, hard-working, good guy.


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