SAN FRANCISCO– Over the winter, as Edwin Jackson and his partner were doing a little de-cluttering, the complete degree of his travels as a major-league pitcher struck him.
Back in 2003, when Jackson debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rickey Henderson and Fred McGriff were his colleagues. Ever since he has played on 12 more teams, getting more mementos at every stop.
” I had an opportunity to go through some bags and reminisce,” he stated. “A lot of bags, a great deal of jerseys.”
Starting Wednesday, that collection will grow a little bit more. Jackson, now 35, will bet his 14 th big-league team when he debuts for heaven Jays, breaking a tie with fellow journeyman Octavio Dotel.
” I can’t lie,” Jackson said from the dugout at Oracle Park Tuesday. “It’s enjoyable to be in a group of my own, but it’s not something that I was necessarily chasing after.
” I seem like it’s an excellent trivia board question: ‘Who holds the record for the most teams?’ I’ll enjoy it. Every record is implied to be broken, so till that record is broken I’ll be the only one with 14 jerseys and 14 bags and 14 various coloured gloves and spikes.”
In some way it’s fitting that Jackson would break the record with the Blue Jays. They’ve shown interest in signing him throughout each of the last 2 off-seasons without reaching an offer. And, technically speaking, he was a Blue Jay for a matter of hours in 2011, when then-GM Alex Anthopoulos acquired him from the White Sox only to turn him to the Cardinals in addition to– who else?– Dotel for a plan of gamers consisting of Colby Rasmus.
” It seems like a repeat,” Jackson stated. “FAMILIARITY. Just this time I’m going to stick.”
Given the state of their starting rotation, heaven Jays certainly hope so. With Clay Buchholz, Matt Shoemaker, Ryan Borucki and Clayton Richard all on the hurt list, the Blue Jays were down to 3 beginners for a while: Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Trent Thornton.
That caused the trade for Jackson, who had actually re-signed with Oakland and begun rehabbing in the minors after publishing a 3.33 ERA in 17 begins with the Athletics last season.
If he can provide consistent innings as a back-end starter, heaven Jays would undoubtedly be pleased. Any leadership Jackson can provide off of the field would be a bonus.
” In the clubhouse, he’s awesome,” supervisor Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s a fantastic dude. A veteran like that, it’s fantastic timing.”
In spring training, Stroman stated heaven Jays don’t have enough veteran management. Ever since heaven Jays have traded away Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales, so Jackson’s 16 years in the big-leagues offer him seniority in a fairly young clubhouse.
A 2009 all-star, Jackson has a no-hitter and World Series ring on his resumé. Plus, he has actually built a reputation as a great colleague for many years. Now, for the 14 th time, he wishes to show why.
” The very first thing some people think when you’ve been on so many groups is, ‘Is he an evildoer, is he a bad seed?'” Jackson stated. “I take pride in coming to a team and having a good rep on my name. I have actually seen a lot of the game and all I wish to do is spread my wisdom around the clubhouse.”
Opportunities are, he’ll do so relatively quietly. Jackson’s variation of management consists of leading by example with the understanding that others are always watching.
” When you put out favorable vibes, people attract to that,” he said. “I do not have to come here and do anything extremely special. I simply go about my company the way I set about my service and people see. Everybody’s not always asking concerns, however I seem like a lot of individuals enjoy what you do.
” I’m not being available in to be a superhero or a save-the-team-type person. I’m just coming in to be myself and I seem like myself is enough.”