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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fallout from brawl becomes big question for Blue Jays now - Sportsnet.ca

The Blue Jays have everything to lose in a brawl. They have to be smarter than this.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Estrada masterful, Osuna shuts the door as Blue Jays fend off Seattle Mariners for crucial win | National Post

The Blue Jays aren’t done yet.

The Blue Jays needed a stopper. On this night, Marco Estrada and Roberto Osuna shared the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mariners

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

West Coast trip will show what Blue Jays are made of: Griffin | Toronto Star

“We have to start winning some games,” Gibbons said, stating the obvious. “We played good out there. I remember Donaldson had a big, big series. The West Coast has never been friendly, really, for anybody. It’s going to be a big test for us and Seattle has always been tough. They’ve got a good ballclub too. This next road trip will say a lot, I would say it determines what happens to us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

MLB: Cherington Joins Blue Jays Front Office

The Blue Jays hired former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington to be their vice president of baseball operations on Wednesday… He will report to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Ross Atkins.

VP of Baseball Ops sounds closer to the role I thought he wanted in Boston (President of Baseball Ops), but it’s one step further away. Per TFA the VP of Baseball Ops reports to the Executive VP of Baseball Ops, which is the GM in Toronto. So he’s an Assistant GM, essentially. I think. Maybe. (muttering) Stupid title inflation.

villageidiom Posted: September 14, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, blue jays

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Blue Jays and Rays almost brawled over absolutely nothing

This is where things get weird. Souza heard catcher Russell Martin say something to him, and since Souza had taken some time to admire what ended up being a flyout, he thought Martin was criticizing him. But that’s not what started things. Here’s what Souza said to Topkin:

“I thought Russ was saying something about it, which would have been on me, totally,” Souza explained. “And I was saying, ‘Dude, I’m sorry, I thought I got it.’

This is the most important part of this really strange story: Steven Souza knew he’d looked at his non-homer too long, and was more than willing to accept any criticism or ribbing that Russell Martin had to offer. But Martin wasn’t criticizing Souza at all. In fact, he was actually confirming Souza’s reaction! Here’s more of what Souza said to Topkin:

There was miscommunication in that he actually said, ‘I thought you got it.’ And so I said, ‘Oh, my bad,’ and walked away. But then Troy decided to jump in and say some things that weren’t really necessary.”
This really was just a misunderstanding between two players in a loud ballpark… Until Troy Tulowitzki inserted himself in the situation, that is.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 11:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rays, unwritten rules of baseball

Monday, September 12, 2016

David Ortiz moves into 18th on home run list | MLB.com

This is far down on his list of big homers but it’s meaningful nonetheless.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Red Sox rout Blue Jays; AL East lead at two | MLB.com

I remember when 20 wins really meant something. Nevertheless, right now his pitching places him 8th on WAR ranking for starters in the AL. If he wins at least a couple more games, it will be interesting to see what the voters do.

Right-hander Rick Porcello became the Majors’ first 20-game winner this season by limiting Toronto to a pair of runs while striking out seven over seven innings during Boston’s 13-3 victory. He scattered six hits and walked just one as the Red Sox increased their lead atop the division to two games over the second-place Blue Jays.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox, rick porcello

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Rumors & Rumblings: Bryant is scouts’ pick for NL MVP

Somebody is going to be very disappointed this off-season.

Right fielder Jose Bautista reportedly was seeking a five-year, $125 million contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training.

The talks went nowhere and Bautista will become a free agent in November coming off an injury-ravaged season. He is hitting .227 with 17 home runs with a .793 OPS in 91 games following a six-year run where he hit a combined 227 homers and was selected to the All-Star Game each year.

It will be interesting to see how Bautista’s market plays out this winter. A source with knowledge of the situation says Bautista has not softened his stance on giving the Blue Jays a potential hometown discount and wants to see what offers are out there.

Executives and scouts aren’t sure what kind of deal Bautista will get.

“I know it’s not going to be five and 125,” an executive from an NL team said. “Beyond that, I really don’t know. That’s a tough one. I don’t see him going back to Toronto. I think that ship has sailed, especially since he is having leg issues now and Toronto plays on artificial turf. I say he winds up in the American League where DHing is an option.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, jose bautista, mets, notes, phillies

Monday, August 29, 2016

Blue Jays’ MVP Josh Donaldson hits 3 home runs | MLB.com

Josh Donaldson brought the rain with his first career three-homer game, and the Blue Jays brought the brooms, completing a sweep of the Twins, 9-6, and handing Minnesota its season-high 10th straight loss on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto’s third come from behind victory of the series was fueled by the reigning American league MVP. Donaldson’s two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh put the Blue Jays in front for good, and his second solo home run of the day in the eighth put the icing on the cake.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, twins

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Edwin Encarnacion fighting back against ‘frivolous’ STD lawsuit

“Avoid the clap.” -Jimmy Dugan

Edwin Encarnacion, the American League leader in RBIs, is fighting back against a lawsuit by a woman who claims that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases.

Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, issued a statement Tuesday morning calling the claim against the Blue Jays’ All-Star slugger “completely inappropriate and meritless.”

The suit, first reported by TMZ Sports, seeks more than $11.5 million in damages from Encarnacion, who is expected to be one of baseball’s top free agents this winter.


“He will take every legal measure to defend himself against this frivolous claim and will bring appropriate claims in the appropriate forums against all of the individuals seeking to exploit his financial position,” Kinzer said.

“This is an unacceptable attack on his exceptional character and stellar reputation within the baseball community as a man who carries himself with the highest level of integrity.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, stds

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blue Jays Fire Scouting Director, National Crosschecker - BaseballAmerica.com

The Blue Jays fired scouting director Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis, two sources with the organization confirmed Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Josh Donaldson and John Gibbons were separated after a heated argument in the dugout

Josh Donaldson was not pleased after striking out in the third inning against the Yankees. His tempers boiled over into the dugout, and manager John Gibbons confronted the Blue Jays star.

The incident started when Donaldson threw his bat upon entering the dugout. Gibbons argued with Donaldson about that behavior, but Donaldson wouldn’t back down.

It got to the point that teammates had to step in and pull Donaldson away from his manager. Donaldson also gave catcher Josh Thole a shove while trying to go back at Gibbons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, josh donaldson

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Pirates GM Huntington details thinking behind trade deadline deals | TribLIVE

The Pirates were delayed in announcing the Liriano trade as they struggled to reach a player involved in the trade.

“Because of the delay with the Liriano announcement, we weren’t able to articulate ‘the why’ early in the process,” Huntington said. “Many people jumped to incorrect conclusions. Our primary motivation was to acquire Drew Hutchison. ... Instead, it came out that we moved two prospects to move Liriano’s contract. Now I can’t tell you that wasn’t a part of the motivation, but the primary motivation was to acquire a quality pitcher.”

“We understand even if we’d been the first voice heard, there would still be speculation that we were not being truthful, that we were not being forthright in what our motivation was. But because we were essentially the last voice heard, the perception was already built. ... Opinion becomes fact when it gets repeated enough.”

Huntington said the Pirates were motivated by events months earlier, when the club was surprised by the price for pitching last offseason.

“We recognize there is a scarcity in the affordable starting-pitching market,” Huntington said. “Mediocre pitching is getting paid a lot of money. As we look forward, whether it’s the trade market or free agent market, the challenge of acquiring quality, controllable, productive starting pitching ... is hard to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, drew hutchison, francisco liriano, pirates

Monday, August 01, 2016

Toronto Blue Jays acquire Francisco Liriano and two relievers to bolster pitching staff at trade deadline | National Post

They were busy.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins acquired starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to news reports. The Blue Jays are sending Drew Hutchison to the Pirates, reports say.
...
Also joining the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, acquired from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez, an 18-year-old pitcher from Mexico.

Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had an up-and-down season after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason, was also traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Bolsinger.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blue Jays reportedly deal for Melvin Upton Jr. | MLB.com

What a day for the Padres. Not matter what they get for him, just getting rid of that contract is a wonderful accomplishment.

According to MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal, Toronto has agreed to acquire Upton from the Padres for a Class A prospect and the deal could be finalized today. Neither club has commented on or confirmed the deal.

Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal. The Padres likely would have to cover some of those costs, but exactly how much would depend on the quality of prospect heading the other way.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton, jr.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Russell Martin suffers an injury after staying in the sauna too long - CBSSports.com

On top of that, his skin was very pruney.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, russell martin

Friday, July 15, 2016

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ isn’t a big fan of the bagged milk sold in Canada

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ grew up in Iowa, and as such he has correct opinions about milk storage. He was traded to Toronto last season and went on to learn of the atrocity that is bagged milk. We know this because of one of the great sports interview exchanges from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet. Here is a sampling:

Is there anything you’re still not used to in Canada?

I think I’ve gotten used to most of the stuff. Grocery shopping is a little different. I still don’t understand the bagged milk situation here.

What?

You guys sell milk in bags and I don’t really get why, or what you do then with the bags. Other than that it seems like Canada’s doing a pretty good job. [Laughs.] But I don’t get the milk. Put it in a gallon jug so you don’t have the sloppy, messy bag.

You know you put the bag in a milk jug, right?

Where’s the jug? Do you have to buy the jug separately? Why are they not in the jug already?

Happ is asking the tough questions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canadia, j.a. happ, milk bags

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays for 14th straight win | MLB.com

It doesn’t happen every day that you watch a game for a few hours, stop watching for a couple of hours to run errands, and can put the channel back on to watch the end *WITHOUT USING THE DVR*.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

Monday, June 27, 2016

Stroman shows signs of progress but still hasn’t quite found it - Sportsnet.ca

Stroman, meanwhile, will try to lock in on the gains he made Sunday and leverage them when he starts the Canada Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

“You don’t want to think when you’re out there, but I’ve been struggling so obviously I’ve been thinking in between starts, just doing everything I can to get myself where I need to be, but for the most part when I’m out there, I’m not thinking, I’m just trying to execute my pitches and get on the same wavelength as Russ (Martin),” said Stroman. “Definitely not thinking, maybe overthinking a little bit too much between starts, trying to change too much, but I’m not far from where I need to be, and I know it’s just around the corner.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blue Jays’ Saunders making legitimate case for being MLB’s most productive hitter - Sportsnet.ca

The guy is having a great month/season.

And Saunders nearly had a fourth, as he smoked a 2-2 fastball 330 feet to left field in the third inning, where it fell right in front of the outfield wall marker that reads “333.” Five more feet and Saunders would have made history.

“Michael’s in a nice little groove. He’s having a hell of a year for us,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “And he’s using the whole field, too. He’s not just hitting his home runs pull side. He’s driving some balls out the other way. Just a great effort by him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, michael saunders

Monday, June 06, 2016

Sanchez’s success creates more tough decisions for Blue Jays - Sportsnet.ca

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have a dilemma. They’ve found ways to ease Sanchez’s workload by mixing in extra days off on occasion. In theory the added rest could allow Sanchez to stay in the rotation a little longer than initially planned.

Success has complicated matters, since Sanchez keeps pitching deep into games. As manager John Gibbons notes, he’s averaging almost seven innings per start. One time to provide Sanchez with some rest would be around the all-star break, when teams get to reset their rotations strategically.

“We could,” Gibbons said. “At the all-star break you could really do anything you want.”

“Definitely,” Walker added. “Any time you have a break like that you can re-shuffle the deck so to speak and make sure you have things lined up properly. It’s a good time to do that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista won’t stop speaking his mind

As long as they still have the First Amendment up in Toronto, Jose Bautista will speak freely.

The epic bat flip was the perfect accelerant in the virtual world: shareable, brief, visual, dramatic, meme-provoking. It was an apt display for these times, if not the century of baseball that preceded it. Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage, for instance, called Bautista “a disgrace to the game.”

“That’s always going to be there. They’re purists,” Bautista says of his critics. “And I get it. It’s hard to see the change in your sport, and hard to accept and swallow sometimes. Do you think Larry Bird cringes when he watches a game now and sees alley-oops left and right and people draining threes without setting plays and the way they play defense, especially in the regular season? Probably. He’s like, Man, back in my day it was different.

“But I don’t know why other sports are more accepting of that change. Baseball is the only sport where people try to hold on to the past and prevent that change from happening.

“I think most people understood that it was spur of the moment, a natural reaction in a celebratory way to a big, huge moment in a playoff game. I think most of the negative backlash came from the losing part: the Texas region.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Atkins on Blue Jays’ reputation: ‘I think we’re misunderstood’ - Sportsnet.ca

Ross Atkins recently wrapped up draft meetings with the club’s scouts in Florida and California and has also had an opportunity to review the club’s farm system. His take on what’s left after last summer’s trade deadline buildup? “There are some positives within our system,” he said. “There are some things that you guys saw in major-league spring training that give us reason to believe that we have some guys who could be every day major-league players. I think where we’re lacking is the depth of those guys that could turn into major-league players, that larger number of what we call in the industry a Role 4 player, someone who is maybe not an everyday player but a solid contributing player, who could turn into a five. That’s where we’re lacking a little bit of depth. Less margin for error. We have to make sure the guys that we feel are going to be great every day major-league players, become them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general manager, ross atkins

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Report: Rangers’ Rougned Odor suspended 8 games by MLB for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista

OAKLAND, Calif.—Major League Baseball gave Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor an eight-game suspension on Tuesday for his role in a weekend brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Heyman, citing an unnamed source, said Odor plans to appeal the suspension.

Without naming sources, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Odor will also face a $5,000 fine.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Blue Jays, Rangers throw punches during game | MLB.com

I usually don’t care about this kind of stuff. This fracas was pretty stupid though.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 282 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brawls, jose bautista, rangers, rougned odor

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