For the first time this season, manager Cito Gaston was going to give his shortstop, Marco Scutaro, the day off on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. As it turned out, everyone got the day off thanks to a rainout in Arlington. So, having received his due rest, Scutaro was back in action Thursday night – his 62nd start in 62 games this year (he went 1-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the Rangers).

Meanwhile, Vernon Wells, who was 0-for-4 Thursday, is the only other Blue Jay to have played in all of Toronto’s 62 games this season. Thus, Scutaro and Wells are the last remaining Jays with a chance to appear in all 162 games this year. It’s certainly not something that’s accomplished often by a Toronto player. In fact, the last to do so was Carlos Delgado in 2001.

This ‘ironman’ status seems to be on the decrease over the last several years. There were five big-leaguers last year who played in all of their team’s games (Justin Morneau, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki). Meanwhile, there were seven in 2007, six in 2006, and 10 in 2005.

Though it’s still fairly early in the 2009 campaign, here’s a look at the players remaining (19) who have played in all of their team’s games so far this year, thus giving them a chance to be ‘ironmen’ come the end of the season (games played in parenthesis) …

Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays (62)
Vernon Wells, Blue Jays (62)
Justin Morneau, Twins (62)
James Loney, Dodgers (61)
Brandon Inge, Tigers (60)
Brian Roberts, Orioles (60)
Prince Fielder, Brewers (60)
Curtis Granderson, Tigers (60)
Robinson Cano, Yankees (60)
Nick Markakis, Orioles (60)
Orlando Cabrera, Athletics (59)
Carlos Lee, Astros (59)
David Eckstein, Padres (59)
Adam Dunn, Nationals (59)
Adrian Gonzalez, Padres (59)
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals (59)
Hunter Pence, Astros (59)
Raul Ibanez, Phillies (58)
Ryan Howard, Phillies (58)

4 Responses to “Ironmen”

  1. eyebleaf Says:

    Wells needs a break from sucking.

  2. Jay B Says:

    i think what eyebeleaf means is that wells needs a break from ops’ing his way to first ballot hall of famedom…

    really though, i love wells and all, but this went past the point of ridiculous a month ago…cito is showing why he was out of baseball for 11 yrs, with his handling of the bullpen, and batting lineup…at least revise SOME of your philosophies…ya you have the 2 rings, but you have some years of sucking under your belt too, and those came way more recently than the rings did…make some moves that make sense, and stop playing off your ‘gut feel’…

  3. TD Says:

    I agree in the sense that he refuses to change his lineup. The handling of the bullpen is something I’m less attuned to than the offense part of the game, but I’ll start paying more attention to that as well.

    In the meantime, Wells needs to a) get a day off, and b) get moved out of the No. 4 spot.

  4. Jay B Says:

    well i’m sure you noticed him sending jesse carlsson and brian wolfe out there day after day to get blown up, right until the day wolfe was optioned…meanwhile, jason frasor is assassinating batters, and is lucky to get an inning a week…

    overbay hitting 7th against righties is a joke too…leading the team in ops, and getting the same # of at bats as barajas and millar, while wells and rios get all the hacks in high leverage situations…makes sense

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