Dr. Ron Taylor comes off the disabled list Tuesday.
Taylor had to have the first two toes removed from his left foot earlier this month in a surgery performed by his good friend Dr. Allan Gross.
“It was my landing foot, all those years, all those innings, caused a lot of arthritis, which had become painful recently,” said Taylor, who pitched in 491 games and 800 innings in the majors. Plus he pitched another 183 games and 1,191 innings in the minors.
“I’ll trade those 11 years in the majors for a couple of toes,” Taylor said jokingly. “I asked Dr. Gross if he could take a little off my nose, but he said he didn’t do noses.”
Taylor, who turns 75 on Dec. 13, won two World Series, one with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the other with the 1969 New York Mets.
Besides his family practice Taylor examines athletes at the S.C. Cooper sports medicine clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
THE BUFFALO BEESTONS?
In the spring of 1990 the National League was in the process of selecting two expansion teams for the 1993 season.
“Can we count on your support?” Mindy Rich, wife of Buffalo Bisons owner Bob Rich, asked Jays president Paul Beeston one morning before a Jays game in Bradenton, Fla.
“No,” Beeston said.
Rich looked crushed.
“I’m not supporting you,” Beeston said, “until you change the name of your team to the Buffalo Beestons,”
Expansion franchises were granted to the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins.
Beeston did support a move of the Jays triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas to Buffalo and Coca-Cola Field, where the Rich family’s Bisons will play next season ... not the Beestons.
Richmond Hill right-hander Joseph Rositano pitched six scoreless innings as the Ontario Blue Jays blanked the Iowa Select Navy 6-0 at the Perfect Game Kernels foundation championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. on Friday. Rositano allowed two hits, while Brooklin’s Austin Guzzo-Foliar doubled in a run and Burlington’s Bryce Dimitroff had two hits.
The Oakville Royals scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-3 tie against the DTA Wildcats from Carol Stream, Ill. Simcoe’s Devon Holmes led Royals with a double, two singles and knocked in a run, while Mississauga’s Sean Alp had two singles and an RBI.
Oakville’s Nathan Halliday pitched five innings allowing one earned run.
GOOD WORK, ROGERS
Kudos to Sportsnet ONE for picking up the feed for the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Germany, rather than re-run of a mixed doubles, world international poker tournament.
Especially during a free preview session.
The announcers may need to brush up a little on their Canadian background.
They gave Mississauga’s Jamie Richmond credit for getting the final outs in Team Canada’s win over Team USA in the gold medal game of the Pan Am Games in Mexico in October.
It was Vancouver right-hander Scott Richmond who retired the final outs. The former Blue Jays right-hander is not in Germany. He was with his wife Deanna Richmond on Wednesday who gave birth to twin girls in
With Saturday’s win over Germany Canada will play the winner of Sunday’s Great Britain-Germany game against Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. (EST) for the right to play in next spring’s World Baseball Classic.
JAYS MISSED STARTS
Kyle Drabek 17
Drew Hutchison 16
Brandon Morrow 13
(Starts to: Aaron Laffey 14, Carlos Villanueva 14, Brett Cecil 9, J.A. Happ 6, Jesse Chavez 2, Joel Carreno 1,)
ALL-TIME HITS LIST
1. Pete Rose 4,256
2. Ty Cobb 4,189
37. Alex Rodriguez 2,890
38. Zack Wheat 2,884
39. Frankie Frisch 2,880
40. Mel Ott 2,876
41. Omar Vizquel 2,874
42. Babe Ruth 2,873
20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16 -- Robbie Alomar knocked in two runs as the Jays fell 6-3 to the Cleveland Indians with Todd Stottlemyre tagged with the loss allowing five runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Sept. 17 -- John Olerud actually became so excited he clapped his hands rounding first after his walk-off, two-run homer against Eric Plunk for a 7-5 win over the Indians in the bottom of the 10th.
Sept. 18 -- Jimmy Key worked seven scoreless in a 13-0 romp over the Texas Rangers as Devon White homered and knocked in four, while Domingo Martinez and Dave Winfield also homered.
Sept. 19 -- David Cone worked seven scoreless, Duane Ward the eighth and Tom Henke the ninth in a 1-0 win over the Rangers, as Alomar knocked in the only run.
Sept. 20 -- Juan Guzman lost to Jose Guzman in a 7-5 setback to the Rangers as Alomar hitting a triple and a double, while Alfredo (The King) Griffin had two hits.
Sept. 22 -- White and Olerud homered as Stottlemyre pitched 6 1/3 innings before Ward and Henke took over for a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
And 20 years ago on the morning of Sept. 23 the Jays awoke in first place with an 89-63 record 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers.