The last time we saw Brian “Billy” Tallet in a Jays uniform was September 30, 2010 in Minnesota. The lanky lefty retired two straight batters then was pulled. The time before that? September 27th. The results? Completely different yet utterly famliar. 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 HR.
At the end of the 2010 season he was gone, let go by the Jays to chase his dreams in another organization.
That organization happened to be the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that had a player named Colby Rasmus patrolling CF, a player that the Blue Jays were very, very interested in acquiring. As he often does, Alex Anthopoulos eventually got his man from the Cardinals.
But call it collateral damage – he also had to bring back Tallet.
An injured Tallet…
“It won’t matter,” many said. “Tallet is hurt and won’t even play for the Jays.”
“It’s fine,” said others. “The Jays are going with youth. They’ll either DFA Tallet or send him to Vegas.”
“Don’t worry,” said a minority. “He’ll just be a fill-in lefty in the pen for the last month and a half. He won’t impact games.”
Last night, August 30th, 2011, Brian “Billy” Tallet made his first appearance since being re-acquired.
Matt Wieters – WALK
Mark Reynolds – WALK
Robert Andino – FOUL TWO STRIKE BUNT (K)
Jake Fox – RBI SINGLE
Ryan Adams – RBI SINGLE
A 5 – 4 Toronto lead became a 6 – 5 Toronto loss in a matter of minutes.
It’s like you never left.