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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Blue Jays Should Rebuild | FanGraphs Baseball

Is my memory faulty or is Dave predisposed to tear down rebuilds?

Jeff Sullivan disagrees.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blue Jays face uncertain future after falling short again

Now two of the biggest cogs in the lineup, right fielder Jose Bautista and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, seem likely to leave as free agents in the offseason. Bautista has hit 265 home runs in his nine seasons with the Blue Jays while Encarnacion has 239 homers in eight years.

The duo helped the Blue Jays end a 22-year playoff drought last year.

“Eddie and Jose really helped put this team back on the map again with what they’ve accomplished,” said Gibbons, who completed the fourth season of his second stint as Toronto’s manager. “Really, both made their name here in Toronto. But baseball is still a business. It’s a game we play, but it’s still a big business and guys earn the right to try free agency. They both love it here, but it’s still a business.”

Bautista declined to comment on his future following Wednesday’s game.

“I don’t think it’s the right time to be taking about that,” Bautista said. “We just battled through a tough series. I don’t want to make this about myself, and I don’t feel like I’m in the proper state of mind to be taking about that. I know it’s a possibility but we’ll see what happens.”

Instead, Bautista was more disappointed about going 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts in the ALCS.

“I know that I’m capable of doing a lot more,” Bautista said. “They pitched great. It was tough. They seemed to make the right pitches at the right time.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, jose bautista

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays to win AL pennant |

It all worked out in the end. Congrats to the Indians and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 07:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs, world series

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blue Jays defeat Indians in Game 4 of ALCS |

That didn’t really work out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 08:09 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

Indians take 3-0 ALCS lead vs. Blue Jays |

A weird bullpen game. The Indians are one win away from the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

Monday, October 17, 2016

Blue Jays Fan On A Mission To Prove Canadians Aren’t Stereotypically Polite

No beer cans?

Well, one Blue Jays fan, with his Justin Bieber mask and crying LeBron James sign, is on a mission to do away with that stereotype. … “I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I drove hundreds of kilometers to be here to counter the inaccurate stereotype that all Canadians are polite. Some of us are provocateurs. … I’m here to export Canadian culture at its finest—but not the stereotypical culture that is thought of, the Canadian as a bland, polite people, you know? We’re the fierce warrior.”

An example of said fierce trash talk for the fans in Cleveland: “Do you talk to your grandma about what it was like here in 1948, when you last won the World Series?” Alas, this Blue Jays fan’s provocations couldn’t carry his favorite team on the road, and the Blue Jays face a 2-0 deficit in the series, which now heads up north to the home of Justin Bieber. Speaking of: “Justin Bieber is a cultural icon, Canadian Royalty and we’re very, very proud of him … at times.”

That’s a FAIL, eh?

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canada, justin bieber, polite, stereotypes

Friday, October 14, 2016

Player’s Tribune | Giving Thanks - Jason Grilli

Dude, I love Canadian Thanksgiving.

For Americans who don’t know what the deal with Canadian Thanksgiving is, it’s basically just like American Thanksgiving except… earlier. The second Monday of every October. It’s really amazing. You have to try it.

For where I’m at in my life, the timing for my first Canadian Thanksgiving really couldn’t have been any better. This year, perhaps more than any other, I really have a lot to be thankful for.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 14, 2016 at 04:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, canada, grilled cheese

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki: ‘This is for everything. It’s our time’


“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.

“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs

Blue Jay Kevin Pillar elite Statcast fielder |

More, more, more, more. And the faster the better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, kevin pillar, sabermetrics, statcast

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Danny Salazar could return from injury to rejoin Cleveland Indians for ALCS - Let’s Go Tribe

Mike Clevinger might not be starting next series.

Francona could be on the verge of having another dominant arm at his disposal in the mid to late innings, because Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that All-Star Danny Salazar threw a bullpen session yesterday, will likely throw a live BP session, and could be ready to rejoin the team for the ALCS. Salazar also threw a bullpen session last Friday, so yesterday’s session means there weren’t any setbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

Monday, October 10, 2016

Aaron Sanchez pays tribute to Jose Fernandez |

On a night when his team advanced to the American League Championship Series with a walk-off 7-6 win over the Rangers in 10 innings, Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez paid tribute to late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Sanchez, who allowed six runs while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings in his first postseason start, had “JDF16” written in white above the brim of his cap to represent Fernandez’s initials and uniform number.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays, jose fernandez

Blue Jays walk off on Rangers and into ALCS |

Donaldson wins the game with heads-up, aggressive baserunning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rangers

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Blue Jays hit 4 homers, beat Rangers in Game 2 |

“We have to win,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “There’s no tomorrow. Not only that, we’re trying to do what they did to us last year. Hopefully we can turn it around and do the same thing they did to us last year. We know we can do it. We just need to get it done in the field. There’s no doubt we believe in this team. We’ve got to find a way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Friday, October 07, 2016

Blue Jays beat Rangers in Game 1 of ALDS |

The headline pretty much covers it.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

A baseball ticket in Texas costs less than a beer at the Rogers Centre does

It’s cheaper to buy a seat for a Jays’ playoff game in Texas (as low as $8) than to drink a beer ($10) while watching the playoffs at the Rogers Centre.

John Northey Posted: October 07, 2016 at 12:52 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, blue jays, rangers

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Suspect in Blue Jays-Orioles beer-tossing furor is identified | Toronto Star

Perpetrator or witch-hunt victim?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Beer can thrown at Orioles’ Hyun Soo Kim the latest example of poor behavior at Rogers Centre - Baltimore Sun

Something needs to be done about all those unruly Canadians!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, wild card

The colossal, inexplicable mistake of Buck Showalter

You have to get the lead before you can protect it. You don’t get the lead by giving up runs using an inferior pitcher.

“Sure, it crosses your mind from about the sixth inning on,” Showalter said. “So there’s a bunch of decisions to make there during the course of the game. Our pitchers pitched real well the whole game to hold that club to two runs at that point. You could make a case, probably other than Zach, Ubaldo is pitching better than anybody we’ve had for the last six or seven starts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, buck showalter, orioles, playoffs, wild card

Saturday, October 01, 2016

David Ortiz helps Red Sox beat Blue Jays |

David Ortiz helps out the Tigers and Mariners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

Friday, September 30, 2016

What’s going on inside the Blue Jays clubhouse?

Why, for example, would the leaders on the team allow someone to put up on a wall photos of two Toronto sports writers with an ‘X’ scratched on their face and the a message written on top reading, ‘Do not grant them interviews’ (or words to that effect)?

On the surface, a pretty juvenile stunt. But also unprofessional. And it’s something, a couple of journalists pointed out to a Jays official, the New York Yankees would never allow in their clubhouse.

And it’s not just those photos. There have been a number of incidents inside the Jays clubhouse recently that suggest that there may be a bit of panic setting in.

Things like: Someone cranking up the music just when the media arrives to conduct pre-game interviews. That’s happened more than a couple of times. It happened again on Thursday. Again, on the surface, silly, stupid. But, again, unnecessary. The media have a job to do, just like the players. Fans almost always take the side of the players when there’s an issue with the media, but teams with confidence and swagger don’t need to pulls stunts like putting pictures of writers on a wall.

There was an incident the other night when a couple of journalists tried to corral struggling closer Roberto Osuna for an interview, but he kept blowing them off. Finally, one reporter followed him right into a private part of the clubhouse and told him off. Certainly something nobody, especially a young player like Osuna, needs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, media

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fallout from brawl becomes big question for Blue Jays now -

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

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