Posts Tagged: Dustin McGowan

Game 15 vs. Minnesota Twins (Makeup game)

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Minnesota Twins

Wed, April 16th, 2014 8:10 PM @ Target Field

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Watching the game and you heard something fishy coming out of Buck Martinez’s mouth? If you think you heard a blunder come out of Buck’s mouth, please send it to us by either sending us a tweet to @buckblunders, emailing us at info@buckblunders.com, or commenting to this post. If you have visual or audio evidence, that is even better! Just make sure to submit the link to the video or audio clip and we’ll gladly add it to this post so we can laugh even harder at Buck Martinez!


This game was a makeup game as it snowed and the game was cancelled.

Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez said that Cooper was at 3B, but he was at 1B tonight. (Contributed by @MorbyMadness)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez confused a batter hitting the first pitch, when it was the second pitch. (Contributed by @MorbyMadness)

Buck Blunder 3 - No idea who Mike Pelfred is :p (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl)

Buck Blunder 4 - Here’s a normal Buck Blunder… Ryan “Bryan” Goins… He always gets Ryan and Bryan mixed up. (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl)

Buck Blunder 5 - Here’s another Buck Blunder. Justin Kubel. (Contributed by @miketrembler)

Buck Blunder 6 - Buck Martinez said that Dustin McGowan throws a spitter.. Ah, that pitch is illegal. He throws a splitter. (Contributed by @StivBators)

Buck Blunder 7 - Buck Martinez claims that Brett Lawrie hit a Grand Salami last night, but they didn’t play last night. (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl, @kjo19, @AviMednick, @KatieRodeo, @SpitzMC, @cinematiks, and @DKrokosz)

Buck Blunder 8 - Buck Martinez said “Blue Jays left two more left on bases”. Very bad English. (Contributed by @KennedyMLB)

Buck Blunder 9 - Buck Martinez thought the announced attendance was the total number of people at the ballpark. WRONG! (Contributed by @KennedyMLB)

Buck Blunder 10 - Buck Martinez said that Gose didn’t have to go back down if not activated, but I don’t think that’s how it works. (Contributed by @KennedyMLB)

Buck Blunder 11 - Buck Martinez said that Loup was in line for the win, but the game wasn’t over yet and that’s the official scorer to decide. Oh well, the Blue Jays lost so that doesn’t matter. (Contributed by @MorbyMadness)

Buck Blunder 12 - “Breast” Cecil. Awesome. (Contributed by @MorbyMadness)

Buck Blunder 13 - Now, Buck Martinez thinks Brett Cecil hit a grand slam… OH MY! (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl, @TheBryanWillett, @SeanCrans, @Bluejaysfan10, @danelvis1, @jordangeville, @unclebizzy4, @Kawasaklee, @McLellan2, @DevinH1215, @kjo19, @BadNewsJays, @dhurst89, @_JasonCho, @NathanShand, @_devinhoward, @producerbrad, @bjens_, @Doofus_Dave24, @MorbyMadness, and @9293bluejays)

Buck Blunder 14 - Yet another name blunder. “Joel” Mauer. (Contributed by @Anabsurdturtle)


Game 5 vs. New York Yankees

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New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays

Fri, April 4th, 2014 7:07 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Watching the game and you heard something fishy coming out of Buck Martinez’s mouth? If you think you heard a blunder come out of Buck’s mouth, please send it to us by either sending us a tweet to @buckblunders, emailing us at info@buckblunders.com, or commenting to this post. If you have visual or audio evidence, that is even better! Just make sure to submit the link to the video or audio clip and we’ll gladly add it to this post so we can laugh even harder at Buck Martinez!


Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez said that Teixeria would be stopped at 3rd, but it was Beltran that was at 3rd. (Contributed by @blueAJys, @officialjimbies, and @NTitleman3)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez said that Kelly Johnson got an RBI on his single in the first, but no run came in on his hit (Contributed by @Shmu66)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez said that someone had a .33311 average…. What the? (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl)

Buck Blunder 4 - Love this… Buck Martinez said “Opening Night here at the Honda Opening Night……..” :p See the vine below:


(Contributed by @GoldAndOrSmith)

Buck Blunder 5 - Add one to the BINGO card… We have a Rogers Stadium Buck Blunder!!!!! HELLO!!!!!!! (Contributed by @blueAJys, @GuzmansJhercurl, @LyleGayder22, @_devinhoward, @NickBell22, @therealeddie_c, @chicco_n, and @Pookeo9)

Buck Blunder 6 - Buck Martinez got Dustin McGowan’s pitch count wrong. Said it was 63, but it was 68. (Contributed by @NTitleman3)

Buck Blunder 7 - Buck Martinez was talking about how in the first inning, the New York Yankees got 3 RBIs, but they only scored 2 runs. (Contributed by @GPMEnterprises)

Buck Blunder 8 - Buck Martinez called Melky, Carrera instead of Cabrera. (Contributed by @GPMEnterprises)

Buck Blunder 9 - Buck Martinez called Hideo Nomo, Noman… interesting :p (Contributed by @KennedyMLB)

Buck Blunder 10 - Buck Martinez said that Jacoby Ellsbury was traded to the Yankees, but he signed. Then he said that he had one more year on his contract and the Yankees locked him up… NOPE! (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl and @GuzmansJhercurl)

Buck Blunder 11 - Buck Martinez said that Brett Cecil was late getting off the bag… I think he meant Mound. (Contributed by @bmendlowitz)

Buck Blunder 12 - Buck Martinez said that Hideki Matsui’s debut was in 2013… WHAT? Make that 2003! Ten years too late. (Contributed by @arthp96)


Game 4 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 7:10 PM @ Tropicana Field

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Watching the game and you heard something fishy coming out of Buck Martinez’s mouth? If you think you heard a blunder come out of Buck’s mouth, please send it to us by either sending us a tweet to @buckblunders, emailing us at info@buckblunders.com, or commenting to this post. If you have visual or audio evidence, that is even better! Just make sure to submit the link to the video or audio clip and we’ll gladly add it to this post so we can laugh even harder at Buck Martinez!


Not a Buck Blunder, but Tabby made an epic one calling R.A. Dickey, R.A. Dickles! Check this picture out by @APenaCarranza

R.A. Dickles

Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez said that Chris Archer is 24, but he’s 25. (Contributed by @bsuissa)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez said that Brandon Morrow was starting the home opener tomorrow. Nope, it’s McGowan. He did this again later in the game. (Contributed by @BadNewsJays, @JaysLeafsRaps13, @GuzmansJhercurl, @halladayfan32, @dshemie8, @HumZino, and Emailer/Commenter: Andrew Roberts)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez said… “Lead Off Walk.. excuse me.. 1-out walk to the Rays Catcher” (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl)

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez thought the score was 5-2, but it was 4-2. (Contributed by @TRinguette)

Buck Blunder 5 - Buck Martinez said that Ryan Goins bobbled the grounder, but it hit his chest. (Contributed by @MtFalkenberg27)


Game 63 vs. Texas Rangers

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Texas Rangers @ Toronto Blue Jays

Sun, June 9th, 2013 1:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Watching the game and you heard something fishy coming out of Buck Martinez’s mouth? If you think you heard a blunder come out of Buck’s mouth, please send it to us by either sending us a tweet to @buckblunders, emailing us at info@buckblunders.com, or commenting to this post. If you have visual or audio evidence, that is even better! Just make sure to submit the link to the video or audio clip and we’ll gladly add it to this post so we can laugh even harder at Buck Martinez!


Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez was talking about the Rangers defense, but he called it the Blue Jays defense. (Contributed by @Arock1234)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez said that this is Justin Grimm’s first season pitching in the Bigs, but he pitched last year. (Contributed by @JackCox)

Buck Blunder 3 - Yet another Elvis Andrews name blunder. (Contributed by @KennedyMLB and @GenCassista)

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez called Adrian Beltre, Adrian Bel-train. (Contributed by @KennedyMLB)

Buck Blunder 5 - Buck Martinez said that all runs up to the 7th were on 2 outs, but the one in the 6th was on 1 out. (Contributed by @BadNewsJays)

Buck Blunder 6 - Buck Martinez called Kyle McClellan, Kyle McCullen. (Contributed by @GenCassista)

Buck Blunder 7 - Buck Martinez said that the setup and closer for the Rangers are fresh cause they haven’t pitched this game. I think he meant this series. (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl and @KennedyMLB)

Buck Blunder 8 - Buck Martinez said that Dustin McGowan got his first K of the season, but he got one last game. (Contributed by @GenCassista)

Buck Blunder 9 - In the post game recap, Buck Martinez called RA Dickey, RA Dick… See the video below


(Contributed by @BadNewsJays)


Game 60 vs. San Francisco Giants

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Toronto Blue Jays @ San Fransisco Giants

Wed, June 5th, 2013 3:45 PM @ AT&T Park

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Watching the game and you heard something fishy coming out of Buck Martinez’s mouth? If you think you heard a blunder come out of Buck’s mouth, please send it to us by either sending us a tweet to @buckblunders, emailing us at info@buckblunders.com, or commenting to this post. If you have visual or audio evidence, that is even better! Just make sure to submit the link to the video or audio clip and we’ll gladly add it to this post so we can laugh even harder at Buck Martinez!


Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez called Tim Lincecum, Tea-im Lincecum. (Contributed by @SQUEEZEMEEZ)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez keeps saying “quarter” instead of “corner”. (Contributed by @IsntCurtis)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez called Angel Pagan, Andrew Pagan. (Contributed by @MichaelStanier)

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez said that Barry Zito has held the Blue Jays to two hits in the inning, but he meant game. (Contributed by @GenCassista, @IsntCurtis, and @IsntCurtis)

Buck Blunder 5 - Buck Martinez said that the 4 run inning started with an RA Dickey double, but it was a Henry Blanco walk that started that 4 run rally. (Contributed by @GenCassista)

Buck Blunder 6 - Buck Martinez called Jean Machi, John Machi. (Contributed by @IsntCurtis)

Buck Blunder 7 - Buck Martinez said that Mark DeRosa had an RBI double in that 4 run inning, but it was a single. (Contributed by @Shmu66)

Buck Blunder 8 - Buck Martinez said that Dustin McGowan had a 1 hitter against the Rays in August of 2010, but that was Morrow’s 1 out away for a no-hitter game. (Contributed by @producerbrad)

Buck Blunder 9 - Every time Buck called Hunter Pence’s name, it kept sounding like “Under Pants”. (Contributed by @_AmandaStav)


Game 150 vs. New York Yankees

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New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays

Fri, September 16th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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If you’ve caught Buck in the act again, please send it to us by commenting to this post or by tweeting @buckblunders or by emailing: info@buckblunders.com. Text, Audio, and Visual comments will all be accepted. If you have an audio or video comment, please post a link to it. Thanks.


Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez was saying that Dustin McGowan was “hiking” up his pants… but really, it was the high socks.. Nice look there McGowan! (Contributed by @jordangeville)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez jump the gun a bit when he thought Thames’ deep fly ball was going yard, but it was 20 feet in front of the warning track! (Contributed by @alittlehghas)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez had a few names for Nick Swisher tonight. He first called him “Swoosher”. Later on in the game, he called him “Switcher”. (Contributed by @ROHZeebo, @JonnyMatts, @Arock1234, and @DMasse19)

Buck Blunder 4 – Yet another Jumping the gun blunder by Buck Martinez as he called the 3-1 pitch to Jose Bautista a ball, when it was a borderline strike called by the home umpire. WHOOOOPS! (Contributed by @KatiePammett)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez called Brett Gardner, Granderson when J.P. Arencibia hit a double to left. I’m pretty sure he knew he screwed up there. (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath, @s_poole420, and @algibbons)


Game 142 vs. Boston Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays

Tue, September 6th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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If you’ve caught Buck in the act again, please send it to us by commenting to this post or by tweeting @buckblunders or by emailing: info@buckblunders.com. Text, Audio, and Visual comments will all be accepted. If you have an audio or video comment, please post a link to it. Thanks.


Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez mentioned that J.P. Arencibia has 20 Homeruns and is tied with John Buck for the franchise record. He forgot to mention franchise record for most homeruns for a catcher.

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez said that Jose Bautista dove for a ball and made the catch, but the ball was clearly behind him. Judging by the video above, he had a piece of it, but it just came out of the glove.. At least the NESN guys got it right. (Contributed by @PdashOW)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez said that Dustin McGowan hasn’t pitched since last July. Wow, good to know Buck! GOOD TO KNOW! (Contributed by @JasonMcAmmond)

Buck Blunder 4 – We have a new player.. Edwin Gonzalez. (Contributed by @ryan_mills)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez was saying that ppl are now following Dustin McGowan on twitter, when he’s not even on twitter. (Contributed by @JasonMcAmmond)

Buck Blunder 6 – Yunel “Estobar”… That is not even Spanish! (Contributed by @RyanJBarbour)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez messed up on pitch count. He said that McGowan pitched 34 and got 74 strikes! What The Buck, can you do math? It should be 74 pitches and 34 strikes. Also, i just checked and McGowan had 44 strikes. (Contributed by @RyanJBarbour)

Buck Blunder 8 – So Buck Martinez said that Brett Lawrie was fastest to 8 home runs in Blue Jays history, and I seriously doubted that. I just checked Jose Bautista’s stats this year and he hit his 8th home run in 86 plate appearances and 66 At Bats. Brett Lawrie hit his 8th home run after 118 plate appearances and 107 at bats. I think he meant as a Blue Jays rookie


Capital ‘C’ Closer? Will one emerge this year and for years to come?

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When will the Toronto Blue Jays have their Capital 'C' Closer?

When will the Toronto Blue Jays have their Capital 'C' Closer?

Well, well.. We’re finally at the so called mid point of the 2011 season and the Blue Jays have had a roller coaster ride in the first half with their bullpen. Coming into the season, many of you probably thought that our bullpen would be even better than last year. With all the veteran arms that we signed and traded for (Rauch, Dotel, Francisco) the Blue Jays had a blueprint to help the young arms in the starting rotation… Boy were we wrong.

Last year, we had to hold our breath whenever Bizzaro Clark Kent, Kevin Gregg came into the 9th to try and close out a 3, 2 or 1 run lead. No Blue Jays lead seemed safe last year, but if you compare the numbers from last year to this year, you might be a bit surprised. According to Baseball References, Kevin Gregg only blew 6 saves last year and 4 before the All-Star break. The Blue Jays this year have combined 15 blown saves (4 – Francisco, 3 – Rauch, 3 – Rzepczynski, 2 – Perez, 2 – Frasor, 1 – Camp), which is 1 less than the Blue Jays had all of last season (6 – Gregg, 4 – Frasor, 2 – Tallet, 2 – Camp, 2 – Downs). So to think of it, does this mean that Gregg wasn’t as bad as we thought? Sorry, i don’t think so.. He was bad last year. It’s just that this year’s core is making him look good. As Bob McCowan would say, he would fit perfectly with this group.

But let’s not talk too much about Gregg since he’s in the past. What do we do about this year’s group? We all know that Frank Francisco was dubbed the closer when we got him from Texas for slugger Mike Napoli. After starting on the DL at the beginning of the season, Francisco has looked nothing like the closer he was in 2009. Maybe he hasn’t been the same after the throwing chair incident. So if he’s so bad, why do the Blue Jays give him chance after chance? Because he has good stuff? Because he’s been an elite closer in the past? That’s just bull. But John Farrell’s hands are pretty tied right now. Other than Francisco, Rauch and Dotel haven’t had much success with the closer role. Dotel hasn’t blown a save, but you can’t put him in there if a lefty is up, cause he gets creamed by lefties. Rauch has been a little more reliable because he doesn’t walk many batters, but he still give up a ton of fly balls, which some go out of the park. So what do the Blue Jays do to salvage this season?

Some people have been saying we should move these pitchers or DFA them, but to be honest, that is not going to happen. 5 of the relief pitchers are Type-B free agents after this year. If you are unfamiliar with what a Type-B Free Agent means, there are Elias Rankings for different positions and both leagues for every player in the MLB. The rankings determine whether players are either a Type-A or Type-B in the player’s positions like (C, 2B/3B/SS, 1B/DH/OF, SP and RP). So at the end of the year, players who are free-agents who are given arbitration by their original team, but decline and are signed by other team, the original team receive draft picks for next year’s draft. Type-A free agents score 1 first round pick (unless the team is a bottom 15 team based on record, then a team receives a 2nd round pick, or if a team signed a Type-A player with a higher score, then the team will get a 2nd round pick, or 3rd round pick depending on how many Type-A free agents they sign) and a sandwich pick (a pick between the first and second round). If you want an example of this, remember when the New York Yankees signed A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeria, and CC Sabathia and the Blue Jays only got a 3rd round pick out of that cause CC and Mark were higher Type-A FA? Yeah, the Blue Jays got royally screwed on that.

So back to my point after that little education. Type-B free agents will net a team with one sandwich pick. Last year, the Blue Jays netted 4 sandwich picks (Scott Downs (A), Kevin Gregg (B), Miguel Olivo (B), John Buck (B)) and we all know that AA loves the fact that he can add as much young talent as he can to his farm. This year is no different. I’m sure AA is salivating that he could potentially get 5 sandwich picks out of Francisco, Dotel, Rauch, Camp, and Frasor (though Frasor is on the bubble of being a Type-A and if he is, he won’t decline arbitration cause no one will give up their own top pick for him). AA would only trade these guys if the player was a top prospect (higher than a sandwich pick) or a player who would net him a Type-A free agent. Remember how last year he tried to trade Downs and Frasor who were both Type-A FA at the end of the season and no one wanted to give him the talent he demanded? I’m sure this is going to be the same this year, so don’t expect any movement in the pen.

So with that being said, we will probably have to live with this shaky bullpen for the remainder of the season. Maybe we throw some one else out there besides Rauch and Francisco. Maybe Frasor should get another stab at the closer role as he has been a little more consistent than these two or what about Casey Janssen? Before he got hurt, he was very good against lefties and righties and has the best ERA and WHIP amongst the relievers. I say the Blue Jays should go with either the matchups and the hot arm. At this point in time, there is no Capital ‘C’ closer as no one seems to really want to take the role and run with it, like Gregg did last year (Frasor was the closer at the beginning of the season, but was ousted when Gregg dominated the first couple months).

But what about the future? Who should be our Capital ‘C’ closer??? With probably 5 relievers leaving this team cause of their Type-B status, the bullpen looks to have an overhaul and room for 5 relievers to come in and help this team out, which means, we could have a closer within the system. When was the last time the Blue Jays had a closer that was home grown? Billy Koch you say? Actually that’s not correct. In 2002, Kelvim Escobar saved 38 games and he was a Toronto draft pick, though he was a converted starting pitcher that year. Besides the point, we haven’t had a home grown closer since 2002, nor have we had a closer pitch full consecutive season since Billy Koch (1999-2001). So who can we throw in the fire for next year and years to come as the Blue Jays will contend for the World Series title? Three names come into mind…

Zach StewartZach Stewart – We saw this young stud for a few starts in June and he had some great stuff. His game isn’t about power, but he had some great movement on his pitches that could be useful in closing games out. Although he is starting in New Hampshire, the Blue Jays have a lot of Starting Pitching, which could move Stewart in the pen just like Purcey and Rzepcynski. People have been saying he could close, so maybe we’ll see him there next year… or maybe this guy…

Henderson AlverezHenderson Alverez – This guy has been on fire this year. His stuff and power pitching is the opposite of Stewart. Sal Fasano has said that he is averaging 95-96 mph on his fastball and has topped the gun at 101!!! That’s Alrodis Chapman area. I would love to see a hard throwing pitcher close games out like the Papelbon and Marmol, striking out guys left, right and center, but let’s hope he has some off speed pitchers, or it could be another Billy Koch, who threw hard, but didn’t have a changeup slow enough to offset the batter’s timing, ultimately making him very predictable and fizzling. He could very well be the closer of the future, but probably not next year. Hopefully we can see a glimpse of him this year when the rosters expand to 40 in September… Or finally…

Dustin McGowanDustin McGowan – The dark horse of this bunch, McGowan has been nothing but unlucky for his MLB career. Having had Tommy John surgery, than a shoulder surgery, than a minor knee surgery, this guy just needs to get healthy so he can help this ball club. McGowan has been preparing himself as a starting pitcher in rehab, but I think he could be a closer or setup man in the future. He has the stuff to be a closer, but can he transition to that relief role, because some pitchers can’t do that as they are so use to pitching every 5 days and getting into their routine as oppose to being a relief pitcher and not knowing when you’ll pitch. I’d love to see McGowan just come back to the mound for the Blue Jays and make an incredible come back like Chris Carpenter. We’ll see. We miss the long sideburns, though Cecil is sporting that look now.. Stealing his thunder :p

They say that the best closers are starting pitchers who fail and get converted to being a relief pitcher. We’ve seen this before from Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Eric Gagne, Tom Heinke, etc… So why not have this happen for the Blue Jays. It can’t get any worse than that 4 run lead destruction last Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. If you have any other suggestions or comments, let me know below in the comment box. I’d like to hear your thoughts on what the Blue Jays should do and who maybe be the next closer of the Blue Jays’ future!