Toronto Blue Jays Newsbeat
Friday, March 06, 2015
It’s March and that can only mean one thing for baseball fans - a scouting report on the eye-popping cars that players take to spring training. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has a golden truck. Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon drives a chrome car. And Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris opts for a 1978 Volkswagon van ... that he lives in.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Blue Jays announced early Thursday morning that left-fielder Michael Saunders suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in a freak accident at the Mattick Training Centre on Wednesday.
Saunders, a native of Victoria B.C., stepped on an exposed sprinkler head in the outfield during batting practice and heard a pop.
Bad luck for Saunders and the Jays. Not much left in free agency - maybe Andy Dirks would make sense?
Friday, February 13, 2015
Some touching stuff on baseball’s first female beat writer. Good quotes from Lloyd Moseby, and you get a hint of what she went through in the early 80s. RIP
It was in the late 1970s that female sportswriters began to push back against their long held prohibition from men’s locker rooms. After Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was barred from the New York Yankees’ clubhouse during the 1977 World Series, she filed a discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball. She won the suit and by the end of the 1978 season the league’s clubhouse ban on women was overturned. A few months later Gordon became the first woman admitted to the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
If this is all true, Ed Rogers (Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays) has an enormous amount to answer for, both in the court of public opinion AND to Major League Baseball.
We’re not sure if this is the way Harvard Business School teaches Forbes 500 companies on how to make upper management changes.
Or the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, for that matter.
Yet, here is how Rogers Communications went about the dirty business of replacing Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and trying to hire executive vice-president Kenny Williams from the Chicago White Sox.
You can easily sub Dan Duquette’s name for each mention of Williams.
And you can replace White Sox with the Baltimore Orioles and see how Rogers Communications handled — or rather bungled — the business of replacing the president of the Blue Jays.
Monday, January 19, 2015
... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.
According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…
Friday, January 09, 2015
Carlos Delgado is the best player in history to get booted off the Hall of Fame ballot after his first year.
There are some excellent contenders for that honor, too: Lou Whitaker, David Cone, Andres Galarraga, Kevin Brown, Kenny Lofton, etc. But it’s incredible to think that a guy couldn’t make it to even a second ballot after doing all this:
Sunday, November 09, 2014
According to multiple sources, they spoke to the Blue Jays about first baseman Adam Lind and were unable to agree on a return before he was traded to the Brewers last weekend for pitcher Marco Estrada.
The Jays wanted first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce, according to sources, but the Orioles weren’t willing to part with him.
Lind became expendable after the Jays claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners. They also have Edwin Encarnacion to play first and rotate at designated hitter.
Monday, October 13, 2014
He was known to most as “Ralph the Programme Guy”. If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I’m talking about. He was at nearly every game. He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years. Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year. If it was a big event, Ralph was there. And now, he’s dead at the age of 67.
Trying to calculate the number of events Ralph attended over his 50 years of “hawking” is next to impossible, but let’s try. About 3000 Jays games at the CNE and the Dome since 1977. Hundreds of Maple Leafs games at the Gardens and the A.C.C, starting in the 1960s. Hundreds more Raptors games. 50 or so concerts a year for 50 years….there’s another 2500 events. And if you add other special events, Argos games, Toronto Rock games, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer (Toronto Metros, Toronto Blizzard, Toronto FC) auto racing (I used to see him at Mosport) and heaven knows what else. He probably attended/worked 10 thousand events over the years, and made money at every one of them. He was an entrepreneur before the word was even invented. He was a hustler, too. Had been since his days at Vaughn Road Collegiate and Seneca College.
Ralph was always in a hurry. Whether it was running up and down the stairs at the Dome in his shorts, work boots and black socks or making change for a customer. He didn’t waste time. I introduced my wife to him a few years ago at a Jays game, and he looked me in the eye and said “You went to Newtonbrook (high school) didn’t you?” “Yes”, I replied. Then he looked at my wife and said “You didn’t go to high school in Toronto, did you?” (She didn’t). I also reminded him that, many years ago, he taught me how to say the Alphabet backwards. I can still recite it to this day. And while Ralph should’ve been a huge sports fan, because he attended so many games, he seemed much more interested in film and music. He once confessed to being a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, but I’m not sure he told anybody while he was hawking programmes at Leaf games.
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