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Monday, July 03, 2017

Stroman says he has blister on hand

Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman says he left his start against the New York Yankees Monday due to a blister on his throwing hand.

After the Jays’ 6-3 loss to the Yankees - the team’s fifth in a row - Stroman told reporters that he has never dealt with blisters in his career and called it an “epidemic” this year in baseball.

“Just got a blister,” said Stroman to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “I’ve never had a blister ever in my life. Nothing remotely close to having a blister. It’s crazy. It’s extremely frustrating, extremely frustrating. I feel like it’s an epidemic that’s happening across the big leagues now, a bunch of pitchers getting blisters. Guys who have never had blisters before. For MLB to turn their back on it, I think it’s kind of crazy. It’s extremely frustrating.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 03, 2017 at 11:14 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Blue Jays acquire catcher Miguel Montero from Cubs

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The teams announced the trade Monday, five days after Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 03, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, miguel montero

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tom Henke’s early retirement might’ve cost him the Hall of Fame | MLB | Sporting News

Duane Ward’s interview should have been completed first.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 02:59 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, interviews, tom henke

Monday, June 26, 2017

Big Read: You should know Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette - Sportsnet.ca

Typical?

Typical Bo Bichette story: During his introduction to professional baseball last summer, an 18-year-old Bichette was absolutely tearing up the Gulf Coast League, batting .431/.450/.750 with 31 hits through his first 18 games. It was just a month after he’d been drafted and Bichette was already hearing murmurs he was close to earning a promotion. But somewhere along the way he picked up an injury to his midsection. It hurt like hell and it kept him up all night, yet it wasn’t enough to keep him off the field or prevent him from picking up a pair of hits practically every day.

But then, after two weeks of playing through it, Bichette was forced out of a mid-summer game after only one plate appearance, the howling pain preventing him from even swinging his bat. He went straight to the hospital, where they told him it was likely a virus and that he merely needed to rest. A week later, as he lay screaming in agony in his bed, Bichette reckoned it might not be a virus. So, back to the emergency room he went, where doctors looked at CAT scans and realized something was missing. Turns out, sometime over the preceding weeks, Bichette’s appendix had ruptured. Generally, when that happens, toxic and infectious substances from within the appendix spill into the abdominal cavity, which can cause extreme inflammation and, if not treated immediately, death.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bo bichette

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna dealing with anxiety issue

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna said he is dealing with an anxiety issue and is unsure when he will be available to pitch again.

Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after not pitching in a save situation for the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander did not pitch again Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, although Toronto was not faced with a save situation in the 3-2 loss.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
“I really don’t know how to explain it. I just feel anxious. I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now,” Osuna, who is from Mexico, said through a translator before the game. “I’m just a little bit lost right now.

“This has nothing to do with me being on the field. I feel great out there. It’s just when I’m out of baseball, when I’m not on the field, that I feel just weird and a little bit lost.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: anxiety, blue jays, mental issues, roberto osuna

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mets are open for a selloff: Here’s how it can work

So the Mets not only should be open-minded now, they should be open for business. In Bruce, Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker (currently on the DL), they have five walk-year players unlikely to return or receive the qualifying offer, which would guarantee a contract of more than $18 million next season if accepted and – as part of the new CBA – return only a draft pick following the second round if the free agent signs elsewhere.

Since they still control all of their best starting pitchers through at least next year, the Mets would not be trading to rebuild. Instead, the goals would be 1) to save money to reinvest for the near future, and 2) to obtain pieces that either help the 2018 team or restock a farm system heavily depleted in the past few years in go-for-it trades. The Mets should emphasize big arms that, at worse, could give them better bullpen options for the future.

The key is to be proactive. For example, if the Yankees get further bad news on first baseman Greg Bird, the Mets should initiate talks about Duda before the Yankees turn to the A’s (Yonder Alonso) or before the Royals (Eric Hosmer) or Rays (Logan Morrison) potentially fall out of the race.

They should definitely be proactive with Bruce and Granderson because it is hard to find contenders clamoring for corner outfielders. Two teams that might need them now – the Blue Jays and Royals – are dabbling with .500. Wait and they can fall out of the race, or they can stay in as other sellers join the conversation. The best the Mets are going to get for Bruce or Granderson are helpful pieces, so if they can push for that now, why risk it disappearing later? Better 75 cents on the dollar now then nothing later.

Here are my suggestions: Make both available to the Royals and Blue Jays and ask the key piece in return be Nathan Karns (from Kansas City) and Ezequiel Carrera (from Toronto). That both of those players are currently on the DL shows how difficult the Mets’ path is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, curtis granderson, jay bruce, mets, royals

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bautista’s heads-up baserunning | MLB.com

Classic Little League maneuver.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MLB probing incident involving Kevin Pillar’s homophobic slur

Major League Baseball says it is investigating an incident in which Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar appeared to say a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during Wednesday night’s game.

Pillar struck out swinging to end the seventh inning of Atlanta’s 8–4 win and felt he was quick-pitched by Motte.

Pillar started to yell toward the mound at Motte after he struck out….

illar apologized to for actions after the game.

“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for,” Pillar said. “It’s part of the game, it’s just, I’m a competitive guy and heat of the moment. Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong, it was all me.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, gay rights, kevin pillar, slurs

Pillar, Bautista apologetic after bench-clearing incidents

Blue Jays outfielders Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista were both apologetic on Wednesday night after they were involved in on-field incidents that twice cleared the benches against the Atlanta Braves.
In the top of the seventh inning, Jason Motte struck out Pillar to end the inning. After his swing and miss, Pillar said something to Motte as the pitcher headed for the dugout and despite there being no physical aggression, both benches cleared.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Pillar called the moment “stupid and immature.”
“I think it just stems from a little frustration in myself and just the way this series has been going,” Pillar told reporters after the game. “Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let (Motte) know he didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me.”
In the eighth inning with the Blue Jays down 8-3, Bautista hit a solo home run and flipped his bat after connecting off Eric O’Flaherty. Braves first baseman Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded the base and the Jays’ slugger briefly stopped before continuing toward second. Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki also had some words when Bautista arrived at home plate and the two dugouts to emptied once again.
Again, no punches were thrown.


Braves pitcher Eric O’Flaherty: I’ve seen it from Jose Bautista too much

Benches emptied in the Blue Jays-Braves game Wednesday night after Toronto slugger Jose Bautista homered to left field, stood at home plate and stared toward pitcher Eric O’Flaherty before flipping the bat away with a towering toss in Atlanta.

Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

No punches were thrown, but O’Flaherty didn’t mince words about Bautista’s actions.

“That’s something making the game tough to watch,’’ the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. “It’s turned into look-at-me stuff. He hit a home run with [the Braves holding] a five-run lead and throws the bat around. I’m just tired of it. I’ve seen it from him enough.’‘....

“I’m surprised he’s ready to fight after last year,’’ O’Flaherty said with a disdainful chuckle.


Monday, April 24, 2017

What is wrong with Jose Bautista? - Beyond the Box Score

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blue Jays and their fans being tested like never before - Sportsnet.ca

How does the president and CEO handle the muck?

“When it comes to evaluation, you fight not to evaluate because everything gets accentuated at the start of a season, as well as emotions and desires, some of the things that make our players special, or how much they care and how competitive they are,” Shapiro said before a 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night pushed the worst opening in franchise history to 1-9.

“When it goes collectively as badly as it does right now with our offence, a lot of what we’re dealing with is we need to get to a point where guys stop trying to do too much and stop trying to take responsibility for it individually. It’s going to have to be a collective approach where as a team we start having better at-bats, getting on-base and finding ways to score.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Blue Jays making sense of slow start, where to go from here - Sportsnet.ca

How can this be? From all the preseason predictions I thought all the teams had to play the same way as last year?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Melvin Upton Jr. Won’t Make Blue Jays

Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. won’t make the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Jays are listening to offers for Upton, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman, who lists the Tigers, Orioles, Rays and Giants as sensible fits.

Toronto hasn’t finalized its roster yet, though the last spot was reportedly down to Upton and out-of-options infielder Ryan Goins as of Tuesday. Notably, the Blue Jays signed utilityman Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal Saturday, so it’s possible he could factor into the mix.

The Blue Jays can’t option Upton to the minors without his consent. As such, whether via trade or release, it appears the 32-year-old’s short tenure with the organization is about to end. Upton joined the club prior to last July in a deal with the Padres, who ate all but $5MM of the remaining $22MM on his contract and acquired right-hander Hansel Rodriguez in return..

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, melvin upton

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Big Read: Inside the Toronto Blue Jays’ high performance department - Sportsnet.ca

There are no more pumps for Pearce, who signed with the Blue Jays this off-season after stops with five other major league teams. He’s found they do things a bit differently in Toronto. That’s thanks to the Blue Jays’ high performance department, an interdisciplinary collection of specialists covering everything from strength and conditioning to psychology. It’s an all-encompassing collective the Blue Jays hope will provide each and every player in the organization, from the teenager at the bottom of the minors to the $20-million asset playing every day on the big-league roster, the tools and resources they need to be at their best.

“In my experience, it’s completely unique to baseball. I’m doing exercises I’ve never done before,” Pearce says. “I feel like a fish out of water just trying to learn all the stuff that they do because it’s completely different.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 01:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, sports science

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture - GammonsDaily.com

Grey Poupon for everyone!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, clubhouse culture

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Jose Bautista, humbled but not hurt, aims for Blue Jays revival at 37

I guess his agent isn’t big on honesty.

“It was confusing, and it was tough at times,’’ Bautista says, “but you can’t take it personally. You can’t feel like it’s necessarily a direct vendetta against you or a group. I know markets have their ups and downs, but I can’t explain what happened to me.

“I’m not complaining about the deal I got. Could it have been better a couple of years ago? I guess. You can expect things, and think about what happened in the past, but at the end of the day, there are no guarantees.

“It’s hard to complain when you’re playing the sport you love, and you’re making a lot of money.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Blue Jays’ Travis ditches social media to focus on baseball | BLUE JAYS | Baseba

Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, for example, use sites like Twitter to engage fans and get his message out. Travis laughed when asked how difficult it was to put his smart phone down.

“You know what, it’s hard, man. The first couple of weeks or so it was really hard. I would catch myself opening up my phone all the time,” he said.

“But what I found out, I was just opening my phone and I just wanted to be on something. We’ve become such creatures of habit and without that, I feel like I never really care about my phone and I was always glued to my phone prior and now it’s like some new freedom.

“It’s (liberating). It’s nice, man. It’s like a really, really great freedom, like a weight lifted off your shoulders because it’s something you’re doing probably 20, 30, 40, 50 times a day without even knowing it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 06:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, devon travis

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dave Stieb on Hall of Fame: ‘I surely did not deserve to be just wiped off the map’ | MLB | Sporting News

In case anyone’s wondering, Stieb’s heard of WAR.

“Pat Hentgen told me years ago, he goes, ‘Man, you know how they’re using that WAR a lot, that stat?’ I go, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘They use that like crazy now to gauge how good someone really is.’ He goes, ‘If they looked at that when you were playing, you would have won four Cy Young Awards in a row,’” Stieb said, noting it would have been 1982 through 1985 when he led for WAR three consecutive years and finished second the fourth.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dave stieb, hall of fame

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Communication foundation of success for Blue Jays’ Pete Walker - Sportsnet.ca

This year, Valentine’s Day is especially romantic not only because it’s the day when couples unashamedly and overtly make grand declarations of love. More importantly, it’s the day when the Blue Jays’ pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training. The end of winter, as it were. The day on which we can see the first spark of summer.

It’s only appropriate, then, to publish a love letter on this day, but I won’t be penning this one. This love letter is from the Blue Jays to their pitching coach, Pete Walker.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, pitching coaches

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.


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

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