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Friday, August 09, 2019

Mark Shapiro Discusses Blue Jays’ Rebuild, Spending, - MLB Trade Rumors

The Jays have just under $30.93MM in committed payroll next season, with almost half of those funds dedicated to retired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.  While there’s plenty of room to spend, major splashes don’t seem to be in the offing until the Blue Jays have proven themselves to be a bit closer to contending in the AL East.  Past comments from Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins indicated that 2021 could be the target year for when the Jays turn from retooling to pushing for a postseason berth, though Shapiro hesitated to put any type of “limits on the pace or deadlines” of the process.

“So a player who’s a three-win player who takes you from 82 to 85 wins probably doesn’t move that needle. But if you’re at 87 wins and it takes you from 87 to 90, does that make sense?” Shapiro asked rhetorically.  “So it’s more like when we’re at that point, when you can get the player who helps take you from a good team to a team that’s a potential championship team, we need to go out and get that player, and that [ownership] support will be there.”

One potential bit of spending with long-term repercussions could be extensions for the young core players, and while though Shapiro said those types of talks usually don’t happen until later in the offseason or during Spring Train

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2019 at 11:44 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The time is now for Blue Jays and fans to change the conversation

This has been an emotionally difficult time in a draining season for the Toronto Blue Jays, and their fans. Trading away Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, the last impactful ties to the post-season clubs of 2015-16, was bound to be divisive, and it was.

Still, the tired, poisoned discourse around the team that’s followed needs to change, for everyone’s sake, as it’s largely focused on the wrong things — things that have little to do with what happens on the field. And that’s on the club and public alike.

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 07, 2019 at 02:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: atkins, blue jays, shapiro

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins brags about ‘years of control’ gained through trades

The Blue Jays were among the more active teams in the lead-up to Wednesday’s 4 PM ET trade deadline. The club dealt infielder Eric Sogard, starters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, and relievers Joe Biagini and Daniel Hudson. In exchange for those players, the Jays acquired two players to be named later, pitcher Kyle Johnson, Anthony Kay, Simeon Woods-Richardson, and Derek Fisher.

With a 42-67 record, it’s no surprise that the Jays decided to pawn off their players and recoup as much value as possible. For Jays fans, though, they watched some of their favorite players — particularly Stroman — leave for greener pastures. The hope is that some of these new players will eventually grow into new fan favorites.

I thought Toronto abolished its Board of Control in 1969…..

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:22 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, control issues, ross atkins

Sunday, July 21, 2019

SI: Stephanie Apstein: What Made Roy Fly

Roy Jr. taught Roy III to master two things. Many baseball fans know how the father searched for a house with a basement at least 60 feet, six inches long; charted the son’s velocity; honed his focus. They do not know that the father also passed on another, greater love: for flying.

Those moments in the air brought Roy III such pleasure, but knowing how it all ended, his mother, Linda, wishes he had never had them. She is angry with her son for whatever happened that day, for whatever he did that took him away from her. His sisters, Merinda and Heather, agree. “I’d rather he be here and miserable,” Heather says. Roy Jr. does not traffic in counterfactuals.

“I wish that he had been more careful,” he says, “But I’m not sorry for what he was doing, and never sorry that he was enjoying his life.”

I found this to be an article worth reading.  It was difficult to pick a quotable section as it’s not really that type of article.

It’s still sad to think of Halladay going too soon.

puck Posted: July 21, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, hall of fame, phillies, roy halladay

Friday, June 21, 2019

Blue Jays want ‘strong foundation’ for Bichette before promotion - Sportsnet.ca

“We’d really like to see some time in triple-A and have him get his legs under him and have a good strong foundation before we have that discussion,” Atkins said. “But his spring training was extremely impressive and what he’s done in the minor leagues thus far, the teammate that he is, the effort that he has, it’s really a lot to get excited about.”

Because he missed six weeks with a fractured bone in his left hand, Bichette has played just 21 games at triple-A. Through 89 plate appearances, he’s batting a respectable .250/.307/.450 with three home runs.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2019 at 08:26 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bo bichette

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Blue Jays’ Trent Thornton aiming to show Astros what they missed out on - HoustonChronicle.com

He’s alternated brilliant and bad starts with the Blue Jays. Four of his 14 starts have concluded before the fifth inning, but Thornton is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. On May 24 against the Padres, he struck out 10 in six innings of three-run ball. He fired seven innings of one-hit ball against the Rangers on May 3.

Thornton pitches with an unorthodox delivery, incorporating a pronounced leg kick. His curveball and splitter each induce ample swing and miss to complement a four-seam fastball that hovers around 94 mph.

“Yeah, there’s a chip on my shoulder that I never had an opportunity with them,” Thornton said. “And I kind of want to show them, yeah, to a certain point what they missed out on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, trent thornton

Monday, May 27, 2019

Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman was vomiting during win over Padres

Throwing up, puking, hurling, barfing, upchucking, tossing your cookies, eating backwards… Whatever you want to call it, it’s rarely a fun experience.

And while I’ve (shockingly) never pitched in MLB, I can imagine that doing so with an uneasy stomach isn’t an ideal situation to be in.

Unfortunately for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, that was the precisely where he found himself on Sunday. According to multiple sources, the 28-year-old righty was slipping his guts before and during his start against the San Diego Padres at the Rogers Centre.

Despite his health being a hurdle, Stroman battled through it for his side.

So, what do we choose to blame this on?

 

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman, stomach

Friday, May 24, 2019

Reports: Jays to call up Biggio on Friday

The Toronto Blue Jays will call up second base prospect Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, for the first time on Friday, multiple media outlets reported Thursday night.

Cavan Biggio, 24, is hitting .306 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 41 games with Triple-A Buffalo this season, easily his best campaign in three-plus years in the minor leagues since being drafted by Toronto in the fifth round in 2016.

His brothers, Wicklow, Kildare, Mayo, and Clare, were all unavailable for comment.

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cavan biggio

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Atkins: Charlie Montoyo made decision to sit Vlad Jr. on Victoria Day

A not-insignificant chunk of Toronto’s baseball fanbase were collectively rattled over the Blue Jays’ decision to rest its star 19-year-old rookie slugger for a divisional game versus the Red Sox on Monday — which happened to be a national holiday right across the country.

President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins found themselves in front of the social media flamethrower after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was given the day off during one of the team’s most attended home games of the season.

On Monday, Atkins tried to, uhhh, take some of the blame for the situation, I think? But in the process he threw manager Charlie Montoyo directly under the bus.

“Yeah, I mean, really it’s Charlie’s (Montoyo’s) process. There’s a lot of things to factor in those decisions and we ask for a lot to be factored in,” Atkins said to reporters.

Ever get the feeling that the management of the response makes the problem much worse than if they did nothing?

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, charlie montoyo, victoria day, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. BESTS CELTICS GM WITH FIRST HR

Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first MLB home run on Tuesday. In doing so, he bested a record previously held by…Danny Ainge.

With his home run, Guerrero became the youngest player in franchise history to hit a round tripper. The record was previously held by Ainge (H/T Sarah Langs, MLB).

IT’S ENTERTAINING WHEN SOMETHING IN BASEBALL LINKS WITH THE MOST POPULAR THREAD HERE, MISTER PRESIDENT.

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, danny ainge, vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Blue Jays trade for Edwin Jackson, who could set a new MLB record by playing for his 14th different team

The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics have made a minor trade with potentially historic significance.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays acquired veteran righty Edwin Jackson from the A’s in a cash trade, both teams confirmed.

...

The trade is potentially historic because, if Jackson ever does suit up for the Blue Jays, he’ll set a new MLB record by playing for his 14th different team. Jackson and Octavio Dotel currently share the record by playing for 13 different teams. Here, for posterity, is Jackson’s career timeline:

Dodgers: 2003-05
(Devil) Rays: 2006-08
Tigers: 2009
Diamondbacks: 2010
White Sox: 2010-11
Cardinals: 2011
Nationals: 2012
Cubs: 2013-15
Braves: 2015
Marlins: 2016
Padres: 2016
Orioles: 2017
Nationals (again): 2017
Athletics: 2018

Quite a record to set- wonder if there’s anyone active now with a chance to challenge it.

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin jackson, milestones

Monday, April 29, 2019

Elvis Luciano becomes youngest pitcher in Blue Jays history to record win

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is deservedly getting all the hype for the Toronto Blue Jays, but another youngster took the spotlight on Sunday evening.

Elvis Luciano, a 19-year-old rookie reliever, set multiple records during Sunday’s 5-4 win against the Oakland A’s. Luciano became the youngest player in franchise history to record a victory while also becoming the first player born in the 2000s to earn a major league win. Ah, to be young again.

One of those trivia challenges for which I don’t know the answer:

If Luciano is the first player born in the 2000s to win a major league game, who was the first among those born in every decade of the 1900s, and when did they do so?

 

QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, elvis luciano

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Blue Jays sign Ben Revere

Outfielder Ben Revere has inked a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, Scott Mitchell of TSN Sports said Saturday. Revere is expected to report to extended spring training next week.

Listen, my children, and you shall here
Of the Blue Jays’ interest in Ben Revere.

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ben revere, blue jays

Eric Sogard is a hitter out of a different era

TORONTO — We are in a moment where Major League Baseball is awash in trends reshaping the fabric of the game.

Strikeouts, home runs, and shifting are up. Stolen bases, bunts, and starter workloads are down. The game doesn’t look like it used to even 10 years ago.

That doesn’t mean that aren’t those that resist the prevailing winds of the game. Even in a league of swing-from-the-heels wall clearers, there’s still room for guys who make their living putting the bat on the ball with only occasional extra-base ambitions.

He also believes he still has the right to call for a high or low pitch….

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2019 at 04:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, eric sogard

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make MLB debut Friday

April 24 (UPI)—Vladimir Guerrero Jr., considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is heading to the MLB.

The Toronto Blue Jays will call up Guerrero on Friday and he is expected to make his major league debut, the team announced Wednesday.

“We plan to call up Vladimir Guerrero for Friday’s game,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters. “We’re planning to. Will he play? Yes.

“It’s a big moment for the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s the number one prospect in baseball and he’s coming on Friday. It’s a big moment for us. Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become and that’s gonna be good for all of us.”

Is this the dawning of the Age of Guerrero?

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, prospects, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Blue Jays super prospect Guerrero feels ready for majors

BUFFALO, N.Y. — While saying he’s ready to make his major league debut, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero didn’t need a translator to insist he’s not frustrated over still playing in the minors.

“No. No,” Guerrero said before continuing in Spanish on Friday.

Interpreter Jesse Guerrero, who’s no relation to the player, then completed what the 20-year-old bopper said by adding: “He continues to play 100 per cent. And when the time comes for the call, he’ll welcome it.”

So, given his injury at the start of the season, why are they still stalling?

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

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.

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