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Saturday, May 21, 2005

M’s - Acquired Borders

Seattle Mariners - Acquired C Pat Borders from the Milwaukee Brewers for future considerations.

With Wilson done and Wiki injured, the Mariners ran for Borders faster than Wal-Mart employees during an Department of Immigration bust.  Borders is essentially a coach at this point and the Mariners need all the help they can get with that ugly, underperforming rotation.

When I was watching the 1993 Blue Jays win the World Series, if I had thought about which 3 players would still be around 12 years later, I might have thought of the 25-year-old superstar second baseman, or the 24-year-old first baseman that challenged .400 for half a season, or the 24-year-old pitcher that won 19 games his first full season in the majors.

But I’d have been wrong.  Who here really thought that the last remaining Jays from that World Series would be Pat Borders, Al Leiter, Woody Williams, and Mike Timlin?  We’re really close to that happening.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 21, 2005 at 03:45 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dave Bell Posted: May 21, 2005 at 04:33 AM (#1351816)
The 1993 Toronto team had the to 3 in the league in batting average! Inconcievable!

Batting Average
Olerud-TOR .363
Molitor-TOR .332
Alomar-TOR .326
Lofton-CLE .325
Baerga-CLE .321
   2. Traderdave Posted: May 21, 2005 at 05:18 AM (#1351855)
c'est la vie say the old folks,
it goes to show you never can tell
   3. Me And Willie McGee (Urban Bovine Knievel) Posted: May 21, 2005 at 05:35 AM (#1351873)
The M's now have a bookstore in Safeco? That's more plausible than getting Pat, isn't it?
   4. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: May 21, 2005 at 06:23 AM (#1351930)
Well, Olerud is still around. I'm sure he'll be with the Red Sox at some point this year.
   5. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: May 21, 2005 at 06:26 AM (#1351938)
The M's now have a bookstore in Safeco?

Jeez, now they won't let us bring books into the games, either.
   6. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: May 21, 2005 at 08:51 AM (#1351998)
Jeez, now they won't let us bring books into the games, either.

When I was young, my father (who isn't a sports fan at all) would bring a book to the game and read. I'm cheering futilely for Pat Kelly or Bob Geren and he's got his nose buried in Nietzsche or Cassirer or something. I thought it was a little embarrassing at the time. At this point, I appreciate that my father paid good money to attend an event he didn't care for.
   7. Sexy Lizard Posted: May 21, 2005 at 11:53 AM (#1352020)
I see Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado combined to hit .000 for that '93 team. Obviously they won't last.
   8. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 21, 2005 at 12:05 PM (#1352023)
Well, I'm not really counting Green or Delgado - they only got a few at-bats for the team and weren't on the playoff roster.
   9. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: May 21, 2005 at 12:33 PM (#1352050)
I do love that acronym for the first letters of the surnames of the 1993 Jays hitters.

WAMCO

Good stuff.

I was attending college outside of Philadelphia in 1993. The whole dorm shook each time the Phillies did something good in the playoffs, and each time Lenny Dykstra injected himself with something.
   10. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 21, 2005 at 01:02 PM (#1352059)
Only 3 of the 1993 White Sox are still playing. Jesus I feel old.
   11. Marlins-in-DC (rferry) Posted: May 21, 2005 at 07:01 PM (#1352600)
Hometown boy Mike Redmond wasn't available?
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2005 at 07:26 PM (#1352696)
here really thought that the last remaining Jays from that World Series would be Pat Borders, Al Leiter, Woody Williams, and Mike Timlin?

Rickey says Rickey is still playing and Rickey feels Rickey will be in the Majors this year before all is said and done.

Rickey also says that Olerud reminds Rickey of this first baseman on the Mets that used to wear his helmet on the field.
   13. karkface killah Posted: May 21, 2005 at 11:33 PM (#1353033)
Who's the 24 year old pitcher?
   14. Jack of Arcades Posted: May 22, 2005 at 01:13 AM (#1353203)
   15. Dave Bell Posted: May 22, 2005 at 01:14 AM (#1353206)
Hentgen
   16. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: May 22, 2005 at 01:28 AM (#1353253)
Huh, without even thinking about it, I was assuming Juan Guzman. Man, that guy exploded on the scene and the just disappeared.
   17. Toolsy McClutch Posted: May 22, 2005 at 05:02 AM (#1353617)
Slightly on-topic story: The VP of my company is retiring, and I was in his office giving him a hand with some program that wasn't working or something. Anyway, I ask him if he was watching the Jays much this year, since he had some autographed baseballs around and he said he hadn't. And that he didn't really like baseball all that much. Which was news to me since I've worked with this guys for 6 years.

Anyway, he tells me all the baseball stuff was sent to him from the team when they used to be season ticket holders back in the day. Especially three autographed baseballs from Olerud, Molitor and Alomar from 1993. He then urged me to take it, as he didn't care for it. But I couldn't do it, I suggested he give them to a gandchild or a relative or something and he insisted he didn't care. In the end, I suggested that if he felt the same when when it was actually time for him to leave, to swing by my office.

I think I did the right thing, but damn, I've thought about those baseballs every day since then.
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 22, 2005 at 05:21 AM (#1353647)
The Borders Books in Bellevue Square, of one the biggest malls in the Seattle area, just announced it would be closing. Coincidence - I don't think so...
   19. Urban Faber Posted: May 22, 2005 at 06:24 AM (#1353728)
Only 3 of the 1993 White Sox are still playing. Jesus I feel old.

Only three 1993 Phillies also ...
   20. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: May 22, 2005 at 06:31 AM (#1353733)
Three members of the Braves' rotation alone are still active. Javy Lopez and Larry Jones also got some ABs that year. I'm not sure if Tony Tarasco is still kicking around, but he played a little bit on that team, too.
   21. Urban Faber Posted: May 22, 2005 at 06:40 AM (#1353737)
Plus Mike Stanton. And you never know, Fred McGriff might get the itch to try for No. 500 again.
   22. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: May 22, 2005 at 06:44 AM (#1353739)
Looking at the Yankees team from that year, two of them are currently on the Yankee coaching staff. Mattingly and Monteleone, Yankee greats both.
   23. penguinmobile Posted: May 22, 2005 at 06:55 AM (#1353745)
"Paging Bend Avis. Bend Avis to the white courtesy telephone..."
   24. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: May 22, 2005 at 02:05 PM (#1353855)
Let's not forget bloody sock man

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