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Twins minor-league affiliate New Britain wins in wild fashion

Your browser does not supportiframes.The New Hampshire Fisher Cats truly know the agony of defeat following Tuesday's gut-wrenching setback. Twins Double-A affiliate New Britan beat Eastern League rival New Hampshire that night thanks to an extremely rare occurrence: a walk-off intentional walk. Allow us to explain: Down 5-3 with their last chance to win in the bottom of the...
Via Fox Sports North
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Double A Pitcher Throws Away Game On Intentional Walk

Toronto Blue Jays Double A pitcher Alan Farina throws a wild-pitch on an intentional walk attempt that causes the winning run to score. New Hampshire Fisher Cats hurler Farina put a little extra mustard on a routine intentional walk toss sailing the ball over the head of catcher Jack Murphy to end the game. The post Blue Jays Double A Pitcher Throws Away Game On Intentional Walk...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

What?! Walk-off intentional walk?

Your browser does not support iframes. The intentional walk is an often-used strategy because, in addition to reducing the risk of something bad happening to the fielding team, it is highly difficult for professional baseball players to mess up. The pitcher throws the ball to the catcher, the only requirements being that the pitch is (1) unhittable to the hitter and (2) catchable...
Via Fox Sports
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

New Hampshire Fisher Cats Game Ends on Botched Intentional Walk (Video)

An intentional walk is supposed to be one of the biggest “gimme” plays in sports. Don’t tell that to Blue Jays minor leaguer Alan Farina, though, whose inability to find his catcher during an attempted intentional free pass lost his team the game on Tuesday. With men on second and third and two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, Farina’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats elected...
Via NESN.com
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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Team loses on walkoff intentional walk

Minor League Baseball is home to some of the wackiest finishes in the sport, and our friends at FTW unearthed this incredibly weird one from Tuesday. The New Britain Rock Cats trailed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5-3 heading into the seventh inning of their AA Eastern League contest. After winning game one of their doubleheader earlier in the evening, the Fisher Cats (affiliated...
Via The Outside Corner
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitcher suspended 50 games

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alan Farina has been suspended for 50 games under minor league baseball's drug program. The commissioner's office said Wednesday that Farina had a second violation for a drug of abuse. A 26-year-old right-hander, Farina was 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA last season for Class A Dunedin of the Florida State League. There have been four suspensions this year...
Via Fox Sports
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitcher Alan Farina suspended 50 games

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alan Farina has been suspended for 50 games under minor league baseball's drug program. The commissioner's office said Wednesday that Farina had a second violation for a drug of abuse. A 26-year-old right-hander, Farina was 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA last season for Class A Dunedin of the Florida State League. There have been four suspensions this year...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Jays minor-leaguer Farina gets 50-game suspension

Toronto Blue Jays minor league right-hander Alan Farina was suspended for the first 50 games of the upcoming season due to a violation of baseball's drug policy. According to the commissioner's office, Farina was penalized for his second violation of the ban on "drugs of abuse." That's the term baseball uses for prohibited substances that aren't considered...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

2012 Positional Rankings: Relievers

I'll open this brief post with the caveat which always applies when considering future major league relievers - a lot of them are minor league starters. One need look no further than Chad Jenkins. His odds of being a productive long term major league pitcher are substantially higher in the bullpen than in the rotation. Among those who've already appeared on the starter lists...
Via The Southpaw
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Looking Back

I've noticed  something about myself, which you may have noted too - when the Blue Jays have an extended run of hard times, I end up having little to say. By nature, my fandom is built around positivity and optimism. I don't much enjoy the sort of fandom that is built around negativity and criticism. But for the last month, there's just been very little positive of which...
Via The Southpaw
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Dutch RHP Rick VandenHurk agrees with Blue Jays

Dutch right-hander Rick VandenHurk has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 26-year-old had no decisions and an 8.00 ERA in four games and eight innings for Baltimore last year and was 9-13 with a 4.43 ERA in 26 starts for the Orioles' Triple-A farm team at Norfolk. In the minors he held hitters to a .239 average. VandenHurk, who agreed to a non-guaranteed...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign right-hander VandenHurk

The Blue Jays signed right-hander Rick VandenHurk to a non-guaranteed split Major League contract on Wednesday. To make room for VandenHurk, right-hander Alan Farina was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Via mlb.com
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Prospect Update

Okay, Before I get to the main body of this post, this is just a shout out post which will be deleted once it (hopefully!) produces the desired results:I have a post on my list of things do to which involves remarking upon the various prospect ranking of high-profile sites. The one i'm yet waiting on is Keith Law. BUT in the mean time, i have a problem. I need SOMEONE who bought...
Via The Southpaw
February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 50 Prospects: Part 1

So. Brian Jeroloman is back. AA never lets me complete a list in peace. For the record, I had him at #73 (this pushes Marcus Brisker out of the top 100 - yes, I have an irrational attachment to having Scott Campbell on the list).Now, let the festivities begin!50. Alan Farina (age 25 on opening dayof minor league season) RHP - Will miss most if not all of 2012 recovering from TJ....
Via The Southpaw
November 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Okay sure, it's not news. I, like every other Blue Jays fan on the planet, am still swooning over the new unis. I didn't even particularly dislike the last ones (the only ones I ever hated was the hideous T-Bird design) but these come very near to perfection. My favorite choice is to use the stripped down logo (as opposed to the one with the baseball behind it) on the cap...
Via The Southpaw
November 19, 2011  |  Discuss
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