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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 Recommends SportSpyder.com 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, October 16, 2018

Montreal to host pre-season games between Blue Jays, Brewers

What, no neutral-site games in the regular season?

QLE Posted: October 16, 2018 at 06:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brewers, exhibitions, montreal

Friday, September 28, 2018

John Gibbons won’t return as Blue Jays manager

John Gibbons’ second stint as manager of the Blue Jays has come to an end.

The team on Wednesday announced it will part ways with Gibbons at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

“Ultimately what we’ve decided is that John (Gibbons) will not be returning as our manager,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said.

Gibbons had a sense of humor about the move as he joked: “We kept that secret pretty good, didn’t we?”

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ken Giles: ‘I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston’

Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston. It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”

So, what do we suppose this actually means, reading between the lines?

QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 05:09 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, ken giles

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Multiple Teams Miffed Over Donaldson Trade

The issue, according to [The Athletic], is the unclear health status of Donaldson, who has not played in the majors since May 28 because of a calf injury. The former American League MVP began a minor league rehab assignment on Aug. 29 and was placed on revocable trade waivers by the Blue Jays that same day. He was traded to Cleveland just before the Aug. 31 deadline, meaning he is eligible to play for the Indians in the postseason.

By rule, a player must be certified as healthy in order to be placed on trade waivers.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, red sox, yankees

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Players union criticizes Blue Jays for not calling up Guerrero - Sportsnet.ca

Yesterday on MLB Now, Eno Sarris suggested an idea which could be workable related to service time. He suggested teams get a fixed amount of time for minor and major league service time. I believe he mentioned somewhere around 8 years, dependent on draft age. A more workable timeframe would probably be 10-11 years but I believe with more work, there could be something to the idea. The question is, though, what other compromises on both sides would be needed to get it done. In CBAs there is always give and take. What would each side be willing to concede? Would the players be willing to get rid of super two status and reduce arbitration to two years? Would the owners be willing to increase minimum pays for players operating under their first contacts (not free agents, you wouldn’t want to price them out) and, maybe, bump up AA and AAA pay?

Those are just a few thoughts. Any other ideas?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cba, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Mark Shapiro says the Blue Jays’ decision to not call up Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. “has nothing to do with business”

Mark Shapiro then went on to say that, despite appearances to the contrary, bears were not going into the woods because they had business to attend to.

Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro appeared on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. When asked by super-prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was not called up after rosters expanded on September 1, Shapiro said the decision “has nothing to do with business.”

The full quote:

It has nothing to do with business. It has nothing to do with anything other than we think the best thing for him developmentally is to go play in Arizona [fall league] and continue to develop. We think that when he gets here (which would obviously not preclude him from making the team out of spring training next year, which would be evidence of that fact), we think he’s got a chance to be an impact player.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mark shapiro, september roster expansions, vladimir guerrero jr.

Report: John Gibbons and Blue Jays to part ways after this season

So, anyone here considering applying for this job?

Less than a month after John Gibbons said he wasn’t overly interested in going through a rebuild in Toronto, a new report suggests he won’t have to.

The Blue Jays and their manager are set to part ways at the end of the season, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. And while this development won’t shock anyone who has been following the team, it does mean that Gibbon’s second stint in Toronto is all but officially coming to a close.

According to Heyman, one person familiar with the team said it’s “99.9 percent done” that Toronto will seek a new manager in the winter. Gibbons has reportedly been engaged in talks about the team’s future with GM Ross Atkins for quite some time.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, managers

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Indians get three-time All-Star Josh Donaldson in trade with Jays

Would that I could be as optimistic as Chris Antonetti seems to be…..

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians, who are hoping the 2015 American League MVP can bolster their lineup and help them get back to the World Series.

The Blue Jays will receive a player to be named later.

“This is one of the most dynamic players in the game on both sides of the ball when he’s healthy,’’ Indians president Chris Antonetti said late Friday night. “We think there’s an opportunity for him to get to a point this month where he’ll be playing in games regularly and has a chance to impact us in the postseason.”

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, josh donaldson, trades

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

Monday, January 02, 2012

White Sox trade Jason Frasor to Jays

Reliever Jason Frasor is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 34-year-old righty was traded from the White Sox to Toronto on Sunday, five months after the Blue Jays dealt him to Chicago.

The White Sox got minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb in this latest swap….

“It felt like I was never coming back. (His July 27 trade) was an emotional day. I think it was the first time I’d cried since I gave up five runs in Atlanta a couple of years ago,” Frasor said….

Frasor, from Chicago, was 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 64 relief appearances with the White Sox and Toronto last season. Chicago acquired him and pitcher Zach Stewart from the Blue Jays for pitcher Edwin Jackson and infielder-outfielder Mark Teahen in midseason.

Frasor had been the longest serving member of the Blue Jays and left as the franchise leader in games pitched when they traded him. He spent eight seasons—2004-11—with the Blue Jays, posting a 24-28 record in 455 games with 36 saves and a 3.69 ERA.

And who is 119th in franchise history in games pitched - who else? - Octavio Dotel.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, white sox

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Griffin: Jays need to be transparent on Darvish and move on

But that policy sometimes leads to reported Jays participation and in interest being exagerrated and perpetuated, in rumours not being nipped in the bud and continuing to grow. That then encourages media searching out secondary sources, subject to interpretation. There Are even top player agents that will include the Jays as being interested in their client in order to drive up the price, confident that Anthopoulos won’t confirm or deny. It’s always been clear that there are times when the club would benefit from total transparency. Darvish is one of those times.

On Wednesday morning, Anthopoulos had staged a 15-minute conference call with local Toronto media to say nothing. He coyly deflected questions of what had been Jays’ interest in Darvish, of having made any offer at all and of the dollar amount that was reported by national sources said to be runner-up to the Rangers’ reported winning bid of $51.7 million.

He must have known that being recognized as runner-up would generate fan support since he would be perceived to have made a sincere effort. In this case the speculation was helping the team’s off-season image and interest. But, now, with all the denials of the $50 million bid that had been reported in multiple outlets elsewhere before being confirmed here, angles offered about the plucky Jays being competitive for Darvish, the previous fan and media support is turning to frustration and anger at being played. Are the Jays trying to take unwarranted credit for aggressiveness to curry public support?

Thanks to Sh.

Repoz Posted: December 22, 2011 at 02:37 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, business, media

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Boston Red Sox - Red Sox have more competition than ever - The Boston Globe

This week’s Boston Globe Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves, mets, miami, nationals, orioles, phillies, rangers, rays, red sox, yankees

Friday, December 16, 2011

NY Post: Blue Jays believed to outbid Yankees, others for Darvish

Having made a posting bid above $40 million and possibly close to $50 million, the Blue Jays are the favorites to land the negotiating rights to Yu Darvish.

Dan Evensen Posted: December 16, 2011 at 02:17 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, yankees

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