Found March 23, 2013 on Hall of Very Good:
TEAMS: Toronto Blue Jays
Little did anyone know at the time he was dealt to Toronto, but R.A. Dickey had a secret...he had been a Blue Jay before. The knuckleballer tweeted out some awesomeness Saturday night. The picture (feel free to click on it to make it bigger), according to Dickey, is "circa 1986" and while he won't divulge (yet?) which one is him...I have a feeling everyone has a guess. What do you think?

Thole, Nickeas Not Making the Major League Roster

R.A. Dickey brought two personal catchers with him to Toronto in Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas and it has become apparent today that neither will be making the major league roster once the team breaks camp at the end of the week. This is obviously more surprising for Josh Thole, who despite his poor hitting for the last couple of years, there was hope a few seasons ago that he could...

Josh Thole Fails to Make Blue Jays

Josh Thole was informed yesterday that he will begin the season in Triple-A after he lost out on the Toronto Blue Jays backup job to Henry Blanco, or as Matt Falkenbury likes to say, Hank White. Thole, or as I knew him as “Mr. Ground Ball to Second Base”, was average at best after the Mets gave him a shot to be the everyday catcher. He showed sparks with the bat at times, but...

Chemistry, cohesion key cogs to Blue Jays' mission

On paper, the new-look Toronto Blue Jays appear to be the team to beat in a tough AL East. But don't crown them champions just yet. After all, even in their own clubhouse, they don't believe that. ''The Yankees are the team to beat because they are the team who wins the division almost every year,'' said dynamic shortstop Jose Reyes, one of Toronto's...

Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0

Toronto closer Casey Janssen opened in impressive fashion. Janssen struck out two during a perfect seventh inning in his spring debut as the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Friday. ''First time out there, I guess it couldn't have gone any better,'' Janssen said. Janssen, who finished with 22 saves last season, had surgery in November to address lingering...

WBC players look to sustain success

Jose Reyes bounced around the clubhouse exuding his usual energy and joked with a few teammates before putting on his Toronto Blue Jays' uniform. Back from helping the Dominican Republic win the World Baseball Classic, Reyes is eager to help his new team contend in a tough AL East. There's no WBC hangover for the four-time All-Star shortstop. ''I don't want...

Braves rout Blue Jays in split squad game

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Brandon Morrow wasn't concerned about one tough inning. Morrow allowed four of his five runs in the fifth inning Saturday during the Toronto Blue Jays' 10-5 loss to an Atlanta Braves spilt squad. Morrow wound up giving up eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has allowed 15 runs over 15 innings in five starts. "I was cruising, and a hiccup there getting...

Dunedin Dispatches: Week 5

A quiet week, for the most part, and one in which I've worked too many hours leads to a late and short entry this week. With two weeks (less now) to go until opening day, the fucus has narrowed to a few key concerns:1. Whither Ricky Romero? In the wake of yesterdays first game-action trial of his mechanical adjustment, questions abound. Given AA's response to questions I...

Beef: The Series- Lee vs. Dickey

Brutus was an obvious inspiration behind Starbonell's wardrobe   Million Dollar Sleeper: The state of the fantasy baseball world is in a state of chaos. False prophets who preach the religion of Sabermetrics are running amok. We must lift the veil of fog and use numbers for the power of good. This is why I've invited myself onto Barber Shop Talk. It seems everywhere...
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