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Having put together a respectable 85-77 record in 2010, many expected the Blue Jays to take another step forward in 2011.  The team was loaded with young talent, a stocked farm system and had all of its key pieces returning.  Instead, the Jays hit the .500 mark two weeks into April and basically lingered there the rest of the year, ending the 2011 season with a record of exactly 81-81. Looking back, a number of factors prevented the Jays from matching or exceeding 2010’s success.  The team reasonably assumed that pitchers Brandon Morrow and Brett Cecil would continue to improve on strong seasons and that Aaron Hill and Adam Lind would bounce back from disappointing campaigns.  Lind was slightly better but Brandon Morrow Morrow and Cecil took steps backwards and Hill was eventually shipped to Arizona for Kelly Johnson after he failed to prove 2010 was a fluke.  2011 wasn’t a complete loss, however; the trade for Brett Lawrie from Milwaukee started bearing fruit after his call-up in A...

You may say I'm a dreamer: Toronto Blue Jays

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. The Toronto Blue Jays have overcome all odds, and have miraculously won the 2012 World Series. It took a lot for the Blue Jays to surpass the heavily favored Yankees and Rays, and...

Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia nails his Tim Kurkjian impression

ESPN's Major League Baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian's voice belongs in a silent film. It sounds like a needs a big dosage of WD-40. It's probably the most recognizable on the network, but not easily duplicated - until Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia came along.Arencibia sat down as a stand-in to Kurkjian with Terry Francona to discuss how Jose Bautista has been looking...

Henderson Alvarez: 2012 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

Typically, I’m hesitant to endorse pitchers in the AL East. It’s been written time and time again, but pitching in that division is the baseball equivalent of Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill. But that doesn’t mean success is strictly prohibited. Last season we saw Jeremy Hellickson post an ERA under 3.00 in his rookie season (even though it was mostly fueled by luck...

Player Profile #5: Jose Bautista | 3B/OF | TOR

Jose Bautista‘s calling card is his power. If his 2012 season looks like the second half of 2011, Bautista owners will be in trouble. The slugger exploded for 31 homers in 299 at-bats before the trade deadline but stumbled to just 12 in 219 at-bats after. Does this have anything to do with Toronto’s Man in White? I won’t say yes or no, but the home/road splits for a number...

Blue Jays’ catcher JP Arencibia does a spot on Tim Kurkjian impersonation

Blue Jays’ catcher JP Arencibia does a spot on Tim Kurkjian impersonation and Tim Kurjian whines about it. Every time you check your email, think -- gotta check Bob's Blitz. Follow us on Twitter.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

AL East match-ups: Toronto v. Boston

The first in my series of comparisons between the Jays and their AL East playoff rivals focuses on the Boston Red Sox. the format here is a direct comparison position for position (including line-up v. lineup) between my projected reasonable possible outcomes from my last post and a similar understanding of the Boston team. such projections are of course fraught with the potential...

Hechavarria to see reps at second base

Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced Wednesday that Adeiny Hechavarria will practice at second base this week and play in games throughout Spring Training in preparation for a possible promotion to the Major Leagues this season.

ESPN are Assholes to Tim Kurkjian

For the past decade, they have been mocking him for his appearance and height which is apparent in all the Baseball Tonight shows during MLB seasons. Now they are mocking him during just Spring Training about his original, boyish, voice. Here to celebrate that comical tone is Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who ESPN let mock Kurkjian on camera by doing an impersonation...

JP Arencibia imitated Tim Kurkjian

Tim Kurkjian has to be my favorite MLB analysis and all around great guy. So it was no surprise he took this hilarious jab by Toronto Blue Jay’s JP Arencibia in stride.  Watch as JP does a perfect imitation of Timmy…  
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