This Day In Sports History (December 22nd) — Brandon Morrow
It was on this day in 2009 that the Toronto Blue Jays sent relief pitcher Brandon League and minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for starting pitcher Brandon Morrow. Although the Mariners used him mainly as a relief pitcher, the Jays planned on using Morrow as a starter and a mainstay in their rotation.
While both pitchers involved in the trade had solid seasons, it looks as though the Blue Jays got the better deal, as Brandon Morrow appears to be a legitimate starter. In his first full year as a starter, Morrow started 26 games and picked up 10 wins. He was shutdown in the last month of the season because the Blue Jays’ organization did not want to risk injury, as he pitched a career high 146.1 innings. Morrow struck out an impressive 178 batters on the season, which was also a career high.
The high point of Morrow’s season came on August 8th against the Tampa Bay Rays. Morrow would strike out a career high 17 batters and came within one out of pitching the second no-hitter in Toronto Blue Jays history.
Steve Carlton, MLB – Born December 22nd 1944 (age 69) in Miami, Florida
Steve Garvey, MLB – Born December 22nd 1948 (age 55) in Tampa, Florida
Kirk Maltby, NHL – Born December 22nd 1972 (age 41) in Guelph, Ontario