This Prince not for Jays
By Bob Elliott, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Forget about Prince Fielder being the King of swing next season at the Rogers Centre.
The Milwaukee Brewers first baseman is about to enter free agency and the Blue Jays have been mentioned as a possible landing place.
“From talking with the Jays they have zero interest in Fielder,” said one evaluator. “The Jays are now into athletic players, look at their draft choice the previous two years.
“Prince Fielder does not have an athletic body now at age 27, he won’t have one next year at age 28 and he certainly won’t have one at the end of a four or five year contract.”
Jon Rauch is headed for knee surgery and likely will be shut down for the season. Rauch is 5-4 with a 4.85 ERA, walking 14 and striking out 36 in 52 innings. He’s saved 11 of 16 opportunities.
Who would you rather have? Frank Francisco saved his 14th game in 18 opportunities ... Ex-Jay Kevin Gregg has saved 20 of 27 for the last-place Baltimore Orioles. Francisco has a 1-4 record, with a 3.94 ERA, 18 walks and 48 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings, while Gregg is 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA, walking 38 and striking out 48 in 54 2/3 innings.
The Jays honoured the 24 Canadians, who died during 9/11, with a moment of silence as the names were shown on the scoreboard.
The Jays and the Orioles stood along the foul lines as the Toronto Police Services and the Toronto Emergency Medical Services colour guard entered from centre field.
Led by J.P. Arencibia’s 22 homers and thanks to homers Sunday by David Cooper and Adam Loewen, the Jays have a league-leading 43 homers from rookies. This rookie crop is five off the club record of the 2002 rookies, who compiled 48. Eric Hinske had 24 and Josh Phelps hit 15 in 2002.
Windsor’s Jake Lumley had three hits, including two triples in the finale of the Mizuno Camp which featured 64 of the best 15 and 16-year-olds from across Canada. North York’s Gareth Morgan had two singles and had three RBIs. Also impressing scouts were Vaughan’s Drew Simmons, Mississauga’s Owen Spiwak, Oakville’s Blake Weston and Barrie’s Cole White.