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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jays’ Colabello Suspended 80 Games for PEDs

Colabello’s positive test for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid that is sold under the name Turinabol, was a violation of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. His suspension is effective immediately.

“On March 13, I got one of the scariest and most definitely the least-expected phone calls of my entire life. I was informed by the players’ association that a banned substance was found in my urine,” Colabello said in a statement released by the union. “I have spent every waking moment since that day trying to find an answer as to why or how?”

It was probably in a milkshake.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, steroids

Friday, April 22, 2016

Josh Donaldson not resting on his MVP laurels

Blue Jays fans and fantasy aficionados can take comfort in the knowledge that Donaldson has no plans to jog out a groundball or mail in an at-bat any time soon. With the exception of punching slabs of meat, he has done everything in his power to prepare himself for the seasonal grind.

“They call this sport Groundhog Day every day, but it’s only gonna be Groundhog Day if you have that perception,” Donaldson says. “I feel very fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I don’t want somebody to ever say, ‘You’re taking this for granted, or not respecting this,’ because I do.

“If I go out there and say, ‘OK, I’m taking it easy today,’ I would be doing a disservice to my team, to myself, to the game of baseball and the people who came before me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Steven Wright sends gift to Chris Colabello after beaning Jays 1B

“[Wright] went above and beyond in my eyes,” he said. “It was pretty obvious there was no intent. You could see by his reaction.”

Colabello said the act of a pitcher sending a gift to a player after hitting him “happens more than people know. You build relationships with people.”

Wright said he did it because it scared so many, including Colabello’s parents, who were in the stands. Colabello graduated from high school in Milford, Massachusetts, and played college ball at Assumption in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“I felt like it was the least I could do for scaring myself and probably his parents because I know he’s from around here and his parents were here,” Wright said. “I know that’s something I needed to do.”

I am all for this being a full unwritten rule. Especially for accidentally hitting someone in the head, but even for intentional plunks to the meaty parts. If you hit someone, get them a little something to let them know you realize that getting hit sucks.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Noah Syndergaard throws so hard he branded his catcher’s chest | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Maybe he should take off his necklace in the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, kevin plawecki, noah syndergaard

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peter Gammons: Troy Tulowitzki, Travis Shaw, and attention to the defensive side - GammonsDaily.com

While the Blue Jays watch Tulowitzki’s work ethic so that he gets rid of throws strongly, quickly and accurately however he reaches them, so too, on the other side the Red Sox have come to marvel at the throwing of Travis Shaw.

Now, for a guy who was moved to first base for awhile, Shaw’s athleticism has surprised the coaches and the front office. “I know I am very impressive with his defense,” says Dave Dombrowski. “Travis gets rid of the ball very quickly,” says Brian Butterfield, “and he does so with arm strength and exceptional accuracy. He impressed all of us when he came up last year, but he’s better than we imagined. And his throwing is special.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, red sox

Monday, April 11, 2016

Edwin Encarnacion As Next Red Sox DH? David Ortiz Wants It To Happen

It appears David Ortiz has handpicked his successor. The Red Sox designated hitter is in his final Major League Baseball season, and there’s no doubt he’s going to leave a hole in Boston’s lineup come 2017. But Ortiz apparently has been scouting Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion as his replacement. “Hell, yeah. He’s a perfect replacement,” Ortiz told WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Friday. “Because of everything, but mostly because he can hit.”

Paul d mobile Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ortiz, red sox

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Casual sexism in baseball is alive and well – HardballTalk

In the new world it’s a crime to suggest, in any way, that men and women are different. In this worldview, we all have to be the same. Manliness and machismo are sins. Craig is clearly one of those guys.

There is no place for this crap. There is no way, in 2016, that equating women with weakness or using “woman” as an insult, which was clearly the case in Kansas City, is acceptable. The idea that a guy with long hair is a “woman” and that such a thing is bad was comically played out and exposed as retrograde idiocy as long ago as the late 60s. That it’s still a go-to insult now is inexcusable.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 295 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Gibbons: ‘Maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow’ - ESPN Video

Video of John Gibbons after the game. I’d embed the video but ESPN doesn’t want video shared anywhere but Twitter and Facebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, utley rule

Friday, April 01, 2016

Dale Murphy on Brycer Harper & Bautista

Dale Murphy was talking with his wife Nancy about this supposed rift between generations. You probably have heard something about it. Bryce Harper wants the game to be more fun, livelier, with more feeling expressed, with bat flips and fist pumps and raw emotion. A few other younger players have said similar things either with words or, in the case of Jose Bautista, with an epic bat flip for the ages.
And in the last couple of weeks, a couple of great players from my childhood — Goose Gossage and Mike Schmidt — took issue with Harper’s words and Bautista’s tactics and the young players’ desire to be more demonstrative. Schmidt wrote that such displays “show a lack of respect for your opponent and the history of the game.”

Gossage concurred. “It was a bleepin’ disgrace,” he said.

Dale Murphy played when I was a kid too; he was a hero of mine. I have three Dale Murphy autographs in this house basically because, if you were a Dale Murphy fan, you just ended up with autographs the way that jeans end up with loose change. He was that kind of nice guy. Murphy was a fantastic player in the time of Schmidt and Gossage. He won back-to-back MVP awards just after Schmidt did. He faced Gossage 23 times, hitting just .130 against the Goose (Murphy did manage a homer against Gossage the very last time they faced each other).

In any case, Dale was talking with Nancy about this goofy rift between old school and new, this disagreement between these crazy kids today with their antics and the staid, respectful players of old who kept their heads down, when Nancy interrupted. ‘Wait a minute? Wasn’t there a player in your time who used to come on to the field doing backflips?”

That was Ozzie Smith, of course. And everybody loved it.

“Funny thing about us old guys,” Murphy says. “We don’t always remember our own time so well.”


Thursday, March 31, 2016


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Roberto Osuna to be Blue Jays closer | bluejays.com

I wish they had announced this one day earlier.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Donaldson has seen dark side of domestic violence | Toronto Star | thestar.com

His early years were drenched in violence that no little one should ever have to witness.
“I’m not going to get too colourful with it. But it wasn’t pretty. The best way I can describe it is I can still remember things from when I was from three to five years old that are very vivid in my mind to this day. And it’s not something I would want anybody else to go through.


Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte faced off against switch-hitter Antoan Richardson | MLB.com

Just kidding, there’s a rule for this exact scenario.

“A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch ... The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury.”

In other words, the batter gets the final call. As Clint Hurdle told MLB.com’s Adam Berry, “It was a little bit comical. Because if anyone knows the rule, I think the pitcher does. He’s the only one. It’s not like you’ve got three or four guys working with this opportunity. It’s fun to watch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, pat venditte, pirates

Sunday, March 06, 2016

What to do when your window of opportunity is closing (Mar 5, 2016) | FOX Sports

The Blue Jays want to build on last year’s success, while the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals hope 2015 was an aberration. All three teams are trying to keep their championship windows open, and it isn’t easy.

‘‘At some point, some teams get into an all-win-now mode because they’re right there,’’ Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ‘‘It’s very hard to get into the playoffs. It’s very hard to get into the World Series, much more even to win it. When you feel you have that chance, you’ve got to go for it.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2016 at 06:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, nationals, playoffs, team building, tigers

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Peter Gammons: Jose Bautista and the future of athletic preparation and longevity - GammonsDaily.com

He has studied all the aging metrics, and defies them the way he defied his projected career path of being a utility player. When Jose was 30, he led the league in homers (43), walks, slugging, OPS and OPS+.

At 40? “I am preparing to be physically capable of doing the same,” Bautista says. “I am preparing to defy those aging curves by my strict adherence to physical, mental and nutritional routines. When I missed time (at 31) with hip problems, I changed everything,” he says. “I studied, I learned about my body, and how to keep it at peak performance levels, and how to maintain it. I study how Chip Kelly prepares his players. I do what he teaches. I do what Tom Brady does. It is about discipline and diet and strive for physical and mental states that defy aging. I love a good steak; I cannot eat red meat. There are a lot of things I love, but I cannot be who and what I want to be and eat and drink them.

“It has been suggested that when I told the Blue Jays what it would take for me to sign an extension and pass up free agency (next November), it was because I absolutely believe that I will perform at my expected level past the age of 40.”

And, oh, by the way, he wants six years, not five.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Monday, February 29, 2016

Troy Tulowitzki says he’s done feeling bitter at the Rockies | FOX Sports

The subject came up more than once during the postseason, in casual conversation, during formal interviews. Troy Tulowitzki, instead of savoring his first playoff appearance since 2009, dwelled upon getting blind-sided by his trade from the Rockies to the Blue Jays and admits now he was “still bitter” about it.

He talked openly about that bitterness, talked about how the Rockies promised to keep him in the loop and “man, that was the furthest from the truth.” At the time, I wondered whether Tulowitizki would ever move forward. But as I walked into the Jays’ spring-training clubhouse on Friday, I quickly discovered that he had.

“I was honest last year saying it was very tough for me,” Tulowitzki said. “And now I’m honest saying I’m over it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sources: Bautista’s demand is five years, $150M - Article - TSN

OK, so where will Bautista end up playing next season for less money?

Toronto Blue Jays’ all-star outfielder Jose Bautista is demanding a five-year contract extension worth more than $30 million per year, two sources familiar with the matter told TSN.

Bautista turns 36 in October and a $150-million contract, were he able to secure it, would make him among baseball’s top-paid players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 03:09 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blue Jays looking to trade for Reds’ Jay Bruce | MLB.com

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report Toronto’s interest in the 28-year-old former Silver Slugger. Heyman tweeted Monday that a three-team deal was in the works that would send Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders to the Angels, Bruce to the Blue Jays and undisclosed players going to the Reds.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2016 at 09:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, jay bruce, michael saunders, reds, trade rumors

Jose Bautista: Jays asked about deal, I gave them ‘number’

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista said Monday that he has given the team “a number” on what it would take to sign him to an extension and he isn’t willing to negotiate further.

“I did not go to them. They asked me a question, ‘What would it take to get it done?’ and I gave them an answer. It’s not an adamant, drawn lines in the sand or anything. Simply questions were asked, I felt like for this process to go down smoothly there didn’t need to be any time wasted and efforts wasted for either party. If this is going to happen, they should know what it takes, and I told them the number because they asked me,” he told ESPN’s Britt McHenry.

In comments to reporters Monday, Bautista said the Blue Jays came to him with their question two weeks ago. He said he is “not willing to negotiate.”

“I’m not going to sit here and bargain for a couple of dollars,” adding later, “They either meet it or it is what it is.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2016 at 08:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista, negotiations

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lorenzo Cain and A.J. Pollock Sign Atypical Contracts | FanGraphs Baseball

I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.

For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re receiving, the team is unlikely to end up behind with these contracts, but they are a departure from the deals that have been made over the past few years.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Blue Jays agree to two-year deal with Donaldson

The Toronto Blue Jays avoided what would have been a senseless arbitration hearing with Josh Donaldson by reaching agreement on a two-year deal worth nearly $29 million with the reigning American League MVP, a source told Sportsnet on Monday night.

Obo Posted: February 09, 2016 at 01:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, contracts

Friday, February 05, 2016


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Baseball execs can’t lose sight of human element in decision making | FOX Sports

Rosenthal goes off the rails on this one. Making decisions purely on emotion is ridicules. Replace Bautista and the Blue Jays with Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. The emotional decision on Albert would have been to keep him. Does anyone think the Cardinals didn’t make a better decision to let him go? A fan’s emotional connection to a team and its players encourages them to dig into their pockets. That emotional connection doesn’t survive losing. Does anyone believe Mets fans would prefer Collins’ decision to keep Harvey in the game over him taking him out and winning the game?

The Royals, of course, rallied against Harvey and the Mets in the ninth to force extra innings, before winning the Series in the 12th inning. Collins accepted the blame immediately, both in his post-game interview with me on FOX and in his larger media session afterward. But in Verducci’s article, Tony La Russa says of Collins’ decision, “He showed guts and he showed ... humanity.”

That’s it. That’s the word, even as everyone in the game, it seems, is racing to be the smartest guy in the room. That’s the word executives need to remember, even in this age of spreadsheets and proprietary databases and going granular to the nth degree.

Roll your eyes if you’re sabermetrically inclined. Remind me that fans are paying to watch baseball in record numbers. Tell me that I’m living in 1970, and the game is never going back.

Fair enough, but I’ll remember what I heard Friday night in Toronto.

Humanity.

Baseball needs that, too.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 05:25 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Monday, January 18, 2016

Jays must show commitment to free agents-to-be: Griffin | Toronto Star

Will the Blue Jays sign both Bautista or Encarnacion? I don’t see it.

When he was still in charge, Anthopoulos indicated he would be interested in extending key players like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. He had an obsessive desire to win, as he showed in dealing 13 prospects last summer for a chance to win the 2015 World Series. Ownership hasn’t shown the same will.

Free agency will be a big issue. The eight pending free agents at the end of 2016 include Bautista, Encarnacion, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak, and pitchers R.A. Dickey, Drew Storen, Brett Cecil and Jesse Chavez. That’s an estimated $59 million in guaranteed salary that could disappear from the books. If the Jays wait until November before dealing with their free agents, it will already be too late.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Toronto Blue Jays would prefer to keep spring training in Dunedin but require new ‘state-of-the-art’ facility, team president says

Talks have dragged on for years in a bid to improve and expand the facilities, but to date have been fruitless.

“The plan would be this: to articulate what our needs are (and) to do everything humanly possible to work a deal out with Dunedin, because I think that’s still in our best interests,” Shapiro said. “I think if you look geographically in the state of Florida, that’s still the best place to be.”

Shapiro said he and Matthew Shuber, the Jays’ vice-president of business affairs and in-house legal counsel, have met with Dunedin officials in Florida. Meanwhile, the Jays are preparing a detailed outline of their requirements.

Presumably, Dunedin taxpayers would be expected to cover part of the costs, although Shapiro did not address that issue in his radio interview.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dunedin, economics, spring training, subsidies, taxpayers

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