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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hernandez’s late bomb makes up for base-running gaffe in Jays’ win over Twins

Teoscar Hernandez had quite the blooper for Toronto on the basepath, a lapse in focus that could have proved costly.

Two innings later, he more than made up for the mistake.

Hernandez hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth, giving the Blue Jays a badly needed offensive boost with three hits in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Or, a reminder as for why one must pay close attention to balls and strikes.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, blue jays, teoscar hernandez

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Blue Jays Twitter account confirms info tweeted out by Blue Jays Twitter account

There’s an old saying in the newspaper business: “if your mother says she loves you, check it out.” The idea: don’t just trust one source on a matter. Make dang sure you got the facts right.

That’s obviously more of a guideline than a rule, of course. If you are given basic and straightforward information that you have no real reason to doubt, you can generally go with an official comment on a matter, especially if the matter is not super important in the grand scheme of things.

Some people, though, really hold to that “check it out” ethos. Even if they’re not journalists. We saw this yesterday after the Toronto Blue Jays Twitter feed posted the lineup for the team’s game against the Indians

With how hyper-serious the Internet has become, we could use some surrealism.

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, twitter

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A’s trade for Kendrys Morales | MLB.com

The A’s have acquired infielder Kendrys Morales and cash from the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League infielder Jesus Lopez and international slot money. Right-hander Jharel Cotton has been placed on the 60-day injured list to make room for Morales on Oakland’s roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, kendrys morales, trades

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Blue Jays ready to embrace change, finalizing minor-league pay increase of more than 50 percent – The Athletic

This is long overdue. Hopefully, the Blue Jays will gain a competitive advantage from the change which will further incentivize other teams to do the same.

A year later, the team is in the process of finalizing a pay increase of more than 50 percent for any player who is on a roster of an affiliated minor-league club, from the lowest rung in the Dominican Summer League to the highest level at Triple A, club officials told The Athletic.

“It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry,” Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington said on Saturday. “My hope is it doesn’t stay that way. My hope is other teams eventually do the same.

“We hope that it allows our players to have the freedom and comfort to make some good choices, whether it’s where to live, where to eat, etc. We just feel like it’s consistent with our values of trying to be a player-centered organization and give them every resource possible to be at their best.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2019 at 12:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, minor league pay

Friday, March 15, 2019

Ken Giles throws accountability bomb at Blue Jays camp - Sportsnet.ca

It was in one of general manager Ross Atkins’ media availabilities at the winter meetings that the topic turned to the importance of veteran leadership, which is normally a sign the serious sports questions have stopped and we’re into bad amateur sports reporter psycho-babble. I mean, you know when you’ve stepped into that puddle that the dreaded ‘chemistry’ pit is beckoning.

But Atkins’ answer was interesting. Veteran leadership can be a factor, he said, when a team is going into the post-season and can rely on somebody who has been there. But in the regular season, for where the Blue Jays are now, performance and the ability to contribute on the field is more of a separator. For this re-tooling to work, the Blue Jays need to create an environment much like the one created by the 2018 Tampa Bay Rays, where a young core was allowed to impose some of its will on a collective, within the confines created by smart, attentive coaching and veterans such as Kevin Kiermaier to hold people accountable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ken giles, team chemistry

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Blue Jays front office will turn the other cheek to Marcus Stroman as team rebuilds with youth | The Star

I would agree with this a little more if they didn’t keep Guerrero down last year. You are not speeding up a player’s development by keeping him in the minors longer than he needs to play there.

“Whenever you’re thinking about trying to rebuild with a sense of urgency, you’re trying to accelerate time frames, you’re trying to move it as fast as you can, there is an opportunity cost,” Shapiro says. “If you’re not committing to playing young players, two things don’t happen: One, you don’t find out about them, are they capable of being core players that you’re going to build around in the future? And two, you’re delaying their ability to transition and then develop into major-league players.

“The reality is, for us to fully know what performance to expect from a player, it’s going to take two to three seasons in the big leagues. So every time you commit to someone else playing over a younger alternative … it’s an opportunity cost question. That’s the issue. Does that make sense?’’

Makes dollars and sense, I guess.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blue Jays bullpen construction depends on the answers to three questions

When teams have little chance of contending, like the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays do, they rarely invest much in the bullpen.

Though the interchangeability of relievers can often be overstated, when you’re trying to put together a winning core you generally focus on position players, then starters, then relievers. Good bullpen arms aren’t easy to come by, but they aren’t as rare as good starters and they can always be found midseason if you’re making a run.

As a result, it probably should come as no surprise that the Blue Jays’ bullpen is neither expensive nor star-studded — and although the club would never say this publicly, almost every reliever they’ve assembled is far more valuable to them as a trade chip than a player in his own right.

Sadly, none of these questions have anything to do with the capital of Assyria….

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bullpens, clayton richard, david phelps, elvis luciano

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Vlad Jr. strains left oblique, out 3 weeks | Toronto Blue Jays

OK, he’s out for three weeks then they have him rehab in AAA. Does this help them finagle his service time?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to miss the next three weeks, after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique muscle.
...
The 20-year-old third baseman technically was competing for a spot on the 25-man roster but all along the expectation was that Guerrero would start the year at Triple-A Buffalo. If the Blue Jays delayed his arrival in Toronto by a few weeks, the club would have gained an extra year of control, and this latest injury all but officially guarantees that will be the course of action.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, prospects, vladimir guerrero jr.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Stay down or come up: Vlad Jr. not sweating service-time drama

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The second hop is the unpredictable one, the devilish one that demands whole commitment before plotting its escape.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Friday morning shook his glove at the beast. He jabbed at it, sassed it, made amends, caressed it, cradled it, glared at it and then into the sky.

Nearing noon, his shadow beginning to pool beneath him, he stood at third base and introduced himself again and again to the second hop, the darting, top-spinning, infield lip-seeking evil that, for all we know, brought the protective cup to the masses.

The fungoes drew him to his backhand side, to the bag, and he hung back or he charged, and the second hops stayed down or came up depending on their mood, and young Vladdy asked his eyes and feet and glove (and cup) to be sure.

A consideration of a player waiting for his time to come.

 

QLE Posted: March 09, 2019 at 03:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Danny Jansen poised to solve decades-old problem for Blue Jays

The phrase “catcher of the future” has plenty of sour connotations for Toronto Blue Jays fans.

Finding that player has always been difficult, and it seems like the franchise has gone through veteran after veteran at the spot after failing to draft and develop a player who could hold it down for a significant span.

Even Ernie Whitt, by far the greatest catching mainstay in team history, wasn’t originally a Blue Jays draft pick. Among the top 15 Blue Jays catchers by games played only three of them — Pat Borders, J.P. Arencibia, and Greg Myers — were drafted by the club. Those three combined for just 8.9 total WAR in their careers with Toronto. Although to be fair catcher performance is notoriously difficult to quantify with precision, that’s not a big number for three players over a total of 1,522 games.

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, catching, danny jansen

Friday, March 01, 2019

MLBPA keeping an eye on Blue Jays possibly manipulating Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s service time

On Tuesday, Blue Jays GM said on MLB Network Radio about super-prospect and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., “I just don’t see him as a major league player.” It was seen as a precursor for Guerrero — son of the Hall of Famer who played for the Expos — to begin the season in the minors for the first two weeks or so of the regular season, a common theme with baseball’s top prospects. MLB Pipeline deems Guerrero the No. 1 prospect in baseball ahead of Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Eloy Jiménez.

The way service time works, teams are incentivized to hold their best players in the minor leagues for the first 10 games or so. In doing so, the player is unable to accrue a full year of service time, which means the team gets to control that player for an extra year, delaying his eligbility for free agency. Typically, a player’s first three years in the majors are known as “pre-arbitration years,” which results in being paid the league minimum or slightly above. Then a player has three years of arbitration eligibility which typically sees the player make a significant jump in salary. After six years, a player finally becomes eligible for free agency.

Technically speaking, teams are not allowed to fudge with their players’ service time, as they would be acting in bad faith. However, intent is notoriously difficult to prove, so teams skirt around the issue by making up nebulous reasoning to keep a star prospect in the minors. Usually, the representative says the player needs to work on his defense. That’s what the Cubs said about Kris Bryant in 2015 when they had him start the year at Triple-A despite torching minor league pitching in 2014 and follow up with an even more bonkers spring training showing. Bryant said he saw three ground balls in games before he was called up to the majors after the cut-off that granted the Cubs another year of control over him.

True, but tempting to view in the manner of Boss Tweed via Thomas Nast:

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QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not a major leaguer, still needs to develop, says Jays’ GM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is trying hard to sell fans on the idea that Vladimir Guerrero isn’t one of the club’s 25 best players right now.

Atkins on Tuesday cited Guerrero’s age - and attempted a string of other explanations - to tamp down expectations that Guerrero will come north with the big club next month.

“Our vision is it really comes down to development, so I just don’t see him as a major league player, right? You just pencil him in, it’s done,” Atkins told MLB Network Radio. “He’s 19.”

Let’s see if they still believe that come May.

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ross atkins, vladimir guerrero jr.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Stroman unhappy with Blue Jays’ lack of veteran leadership

Toronto Blue Jays star Marcus Stroman lamented the lack of veteran leadership at the MLB franchise ahead of the upcoming season.

It will be a new-look Blue Jays in 2019 after Charlie Montoya replaced John Gibbons as their manager in October.

The Blue Jays also released Troy Tulowitzki and traded Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers, having dealt Josh Donaldson in August and farewelled Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista previously.

Proof that it isn’t just managers who have an odd fetish for senior players for their own sake!

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman, veteran leadership

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Blue Jays’ future spending brought into question by baseball’s revenue trends

The matter of how much the Toronto Blue Jays spend on their major league roster is a sour and complicated issue that has haunted the franchise for ages.

This is a big-market team with deep-pocketed owners and yet there have been times when the investment in payroll hasn’t seemed to be there — even when it would have been prudent to help get the club over the top, or at least into the race. There have also been moments when the desire for more spending has been a gripe of questionable merit borne from a failure to be realistic about the club’s chances.

This offseason, the Blue Jays have spent a total of $11.5 million on the quartet of Matt Shoemaker, Freddy Galvis, David Phelps, and Clayton Richard. Just over $4 million is coming off the books in what the Yankees and Dodgers are paying the Troy Tulowitzki-Russell Martin duo. Not exactly inspiring, but a little hard to complain about considering how far behind the Yankees, Red Sox, and even Rays they are. It’s difficult to see what a little more money would do to give the 2019 Blue Jays a shot.

A consideration of familiar issues, focused on our friends in the north.

QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dollah dollah bills, y'all, money

Sunday, January 27, 2019

No. 1 Prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. Receives Blue Jays Spring Training Invitation

Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was among the Toronto Blue Jays’ non-roster invitees to 2019 spring training, the team announced Saturday.

Guerrero was not only Toronto’s top-ranked prospect a season ago, but he was also the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

The 19-year-old did nothing but validate his ranking by raking at the plate last season, hitting an incredible .381/.437/.636 while mashing 20 home runs and 29 doubles to go with 78 RBI in 95 games. And he did all that while working his way through the Blue Jays system, climbing the ladder from rookie ball to Triple-A.

Something to watch for, before he spends April learning how to bunt in Buffalo.

 

QLE Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, spring training, vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Blue Jays new holders of peculiar Guinness World Record

Just a day before the team’s Winterfest event, the Blue Jays unveiled on Twitter that they are now the sole holders of a very interesting, baseball-themed Guinness World Record.
According to the Blue Jays’ official Twitter page, who posted a video Friday, the team is now the holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest foam finger, having constructed one that appears to stretch from the field level to the facing of the 200 level seats in the outfield.

In a partnership with TD (and using the hashtag #TDSuperFan), the team created the finger and built it using lifts that allowed operators and workers to reach the top of the finger. The video shows a Guinness judge walking around the finger at Rogers Centre officiating the record.

Rumors that they rotate it to face Boston and New York are as of yet unproven.

 

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, foam finger, world record

Friday, January 11, 2019

Dodgers trading for catcher Russell Martin

Low cost (in talent) move for the Dodgers which allows them to wait for their fantastic catching prospects to be ready.

The Dodgers appear to have addressed their catching situation for 2019, as they have acquired Russell Martin from the Blue Jays via trade. Los Angeles also yielded cash considerations, while Toronto netted Minor League righty Andrew Sopko and Minors infielder Ronny Brito. Sportsnet’s Arash Madani was first to report the swap.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, russell martin

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Toronto Sun: BROCHACHO BROUHAHA: Did Josh Donaldson shade the Blue Jays?!

#Burn!

Former Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson served up a double play of diss for his former team.

The Bringer of Rain and former MVP signed a one-year contract for $23 million with the ascendant Atlanta Braves and had some choice words for the wrecking crew currently dismantling the team that got the city excited about baseball again.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 06, 2018 at 11:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves, josh donaldson

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Heyman’s Latest: Mets, Machado, Red Sox, Dodgers, Marlins

Jon Heyman of Fancred hears that the Mets have decided they’d rather spread their money around to various areas than splurge on Machado.

Oh good, more mid-tier free agents.  THAT IS WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO AND FAIL.  A 3 WAR player isn’t an “impact bat.”  It’s a supporting cast member.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, mets, red sox

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Carson Cistulli From Fangraphs Joins the Blue Jays

Here is a surprise, the Jays scouting department is going in a more esoteric direction.  All scouting reports will now need to be in the form of a haiku or sonnet.

The_Ex Posted: November 17, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, fangraphs, scouting

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Blue Jays reportedly fire coaches Brook Jacoby and Tim Leiper

The Toronto Blue Jays may have found their manager, but the coach shuffling continues.

Hitting coach Brook Jacoby and first base coach Tim Leiper have been fired, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told The Athletic’s John Lott on Saturday.

Jacoby, 58, had been with Toronto since the 2015 season when the team reached the American League Championship Series for the first time 1993. The Blue Jays led the majors in runs that season as Josh Donaldson won the American League Most Valuable Player. In 2016, the Blue Jays fell to ninth in the majors in runs but made it to the ALCS again before losing to the Cleveland Indians.

Mind you, with a new manager in place, isn’t that to be expected?

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brook jacoby, coaches, fired, tim leiper

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Blue Jays hire Charlie Montoyo as new manager

TORONTO – Impressed by the way the Tampa Bay Rays use data in their decision-making on and off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays hired Charlie Montoyo away from their American League East rivals to be their new manager.

Montoyo agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2022 season.

The decision, perhaps the most important made in Ross Atkins’ three years as GM thus far, comes on the same day Rocco Baldelli, another finalist from the analytically advanced club, was hired by the Minnesota Twins to replace the fired Paul Molitor.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:02 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, charlie montoyo, manager

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jesse Barfield says arm tells all in war for drug-free baseball

Yikes! Greg Luzinski must have been on turanabull from a very young age!

Since Barfield is so familiar with strong arms he thinks it’s a giveaway to which players are on performance enhancing drugs. The giveaway is not when an outfielder suddenly develops a rocket arm. It’s when someone with a rocket arm suddenly can’t throw.

“When you look at guys, you have a pretty good idea of whether they are on something or not. It’s not natural to have muscles growing out of your neck like this,” Barfield said, holding his hands on his neck in a big circle.

Barfield said outfielders using PED’s build up their muscles so much around their shoulders, they can’t throw.

“They can’t get the arm up over the top because of how the muscles are built up,” he said. “It’s not natural. Guys who could throw, suddenly can’t throw.”

Barfield said it was never an issue with the Blue Jays of his era. With Lloyd Moseby and George Bell as his outfield mates, Toronto had one of the finest young outfields in the business.

“As close as we were as a team we would know if anyone was doing anything like that and if they were, we would have . . . stopped it right away.”

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, steroids

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Blasts from the Past

With the Hall of Fame results being announced today, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and dig up some old scouting reports from the Baseball America archives on some of the ballot’s notable candidates. . .

8. Barry Larkin, ss, 21, 5-11, 175, R-R
Larkin looked right at home in AA, hitting .267 for Vermont. He didn’t show power (one home run in 255 at-bats), but that will come. The key for him was just getting his feet on the ground, and he was not overpowered by the high level of competition (21 strikeouts in 255 at-bats). He will have good power for a shortstop.

6. Edgar Martinez, 3b, 25, 5-11, 175, R-R
Martinez’s discipline will produce runs. He’s averaged 70 RBIs the last four years. In the field, he’s solid, with good reactions and the soft hands of a middle infielder.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: January 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, braves, hall of fame, mariners, padres, reds, yankees

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