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Blue Jays Remove Cecil from Role as Closer

After throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter in a bases loaded situation against their American League East rival New York Yankees Wednesday, the Blue Jays have pulled Brett Cecil back from the closers role he was given in spring training. The left hander’s fastball isn’t breaking 90 mph and Manager John Gibbons, who is already under pressure from Toronto media, declared...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Six Bold Predictions

Opening Day is just two days away, and thus it’s time for bold predictions about the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 season. Without further ado… 1. Dioner Navarro doesn’t get traded Dioner Navarro There are many reasons why Dioner Navarro shouldn’t be traded, and I predict that he won’t get dealt. Someone will get hurt, or the Jays will see the upside in having Navarro’s...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Hutchison to make first opening-day start

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto has picked Drew Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York. Toronto manager John Gibbons announced the decision Tuesday. Hutchison is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium. After missing the 2013 season while recovering from elbow ligament...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays counting on pair of young pitchers to fly high

TORONTO (AP) The upcoming season for the Toronto Blue Jays seems destined to be defined by the one young pitcher who'll miss it and the two even younger guys who'll try to replace him. Toronto's plans for ending baseball's longest active playoff drought took a serious hit when Marcus Stroman suffered a season-ending knee injury in spring training. The second-year right-hander tore...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Marco Estrada hurts ankle, scratched from start

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays after slightly injuring his ankle during fielding practice. Roberto Osuna will pitch in his place. Manager John Gibbons says he expects Estrada to start Tuesday against Minnesota or Wednesday against Baltimore. Estrada, a candidate for the fifth spot...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto' Encarnacion out 4-5 days due to back inflammation

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion likely will be sidelined for four-to-five days because of back inflammation. The two-time All-Star said he felt a little tightness after Sunday's game against Pittsburgh and had a precautionary MRI on Monday night. ''We're checking it today to see what I have,'' Encarnacion said Tuesday. ''It's something I want to make sure it's right...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Team Preview — Toronto Blue Jays

Source: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America 2014 Record: 83-79 (.512) Team Stats: 4th in Runs per game (4.46/GP) 4th in Hits per game (8.85/GP) 2nd in Homeruns (177) 3rd in RBIs (690) 9th in ERA (4.00/GM) 7th in Quality Starts (86) 9th in Strikeouts (1199) 9th in Opponent Batting Average (.253) There’s no question the Jays are a good offensive team, but it’s pitching...
Via The Fantasy Fix
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays move closer to installing natural grass at Rogers Centre

  The Blue Jays have signed an agreement with the University of Guelph to provide research on bringing natural grass to Rogers Centre in time for the 2018 season. President Paul Beeston made the announcement at an event for season-ticket holders Thursday night. ''It's a formal agreement and it's pretty exciting from our point of view because we've had many discussions, but now it...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays move closer to installing natural grass

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have signed an agreement with the University of Guelph to provide research on bringing natural grass to Rogers Centre in time for the 2018 season. President Paul Beeston made the announcement at an event for season-ticket holders Thursday night. ''It's a formal agreement and it's pretty exciting from our point of view because we've had many discussions...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Arkansas State player ejected for threatening a official

Emotions were running wild during the GoDaddy Bowl game between Arkansas State and Toledo. Both teams had multiple altercations throughout the game. But there was one altercation that led to an Arkansas State player to be ejected. Facing a 4th and 1, Linebacker Xavier Woodson exchanged words with an official which drew a flag. Woodson was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty and...
Via No Guts, No Glory
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays bring back much of coaching staff

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays are bringing back much of manager John Gibbons' coaching staff for next season. The Blue Jays said in a statement Monday that bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, first base coach Tim Leiper and third base coach Luis Rivera are all coming back. The main departure is hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, who accepted the same job with the...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Managerial Musings

Fellow MSF writer Kurt Allen compiled a list of baseball managers on the hot seat earlier this summer. Let’s take another look here in October, as we roll through an epic postseason and toward the League Championship Series. While some MLB managers (John Gibbons, Ned Yost and maybe Don Mattingly) performed well enough in recent weeks or months to get off the ledger, others...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Front Office, Part One: John Gibbons

John Gibbons absolutely deserves to be back in 2015 The most criticized figure that isn’t on the diamond, field, ice, or court is the coach or manager. They are always the first ones to be the scapegoat for a team’s failures or for the team’s success. In the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, their manager John Gibbons is no stranger to criticism. In the case of Gibbons who...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ahead in June, Blue Jays stumble rest of the way

TORONTO (AP) Since general manager Alex Anthopoulos engineered a major roster overhaul before the 2013 season, the Blue Jays have gone 0 for 2 in chasing a playoff berth. Expect some changes before Toronto tries again in 2015. Before the Blue Jays wrapped up their season Sunday, Anthopoulos said he's ''pretty excited'' about what lies ahead this offseason. Especially after a quiet...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' future could hinge on team president Beeston's

The futures of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and general manager Alex Anthopoulos are not in immediate question. But the team's entire dynamic could change if team president Paul Beeston departs -- a legitimate possibility, according to major-league sources. Beeston, 69, is in the final year of his contract. He is a strong supporter of Anthopoulos, sources say, and Anthopoulos hired...
Via Fox Sports
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays game preview

TV: SUN SPORTS TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. Solid starting pitching has helped pace the Toronto Blue Jays' current surge. Hoping to be more efficient than his last outing, J.A. Happ looks to continue that trend as the Blue Jays seek a fifth consecutive victory Friday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto (76-69) starters have a 2.12 ERA while the club has...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays game preview

TV: SUN SPORTS TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. Solid starting pitching has helped pace the Toronto Blue Jays' current surge. Hoping to be more efficient than his last outing, J.A. Happ looks to continue that trend as the Blue Jays seek a fifth consecutive victory Friday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto (76-69) starters have a 2.12 ERA while the club has...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB's instant replay will be magnified in postseason

John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ''We try to go out there anytime it's close,'' the Toronto manager says. Same way across the majors: There have been more than 1,000 reviews so far in this new era of expanded replay - nearly half resulting in a reversal - and it's only August. Now get ready for an even longer postseason...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB replay begins slow stroll toward postseason

John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ''We try to go out there anytime it's close,'' the Toronto manager says. Same way across the majors: There have been more than 1,000 reviews so far in this new era of expanded replay - nearly half resulting in a reversal - and it's only August. Now get ready for an even longer postseason...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays' weekend protest in Toronto denied by MLB

  Major League Baseball has denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend in Toronto. Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling Tuesday. Rays manager Joe Maddon disputed a play in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. After Buehrle...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB denies Rays' protest from Blue Jays game

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Major League Baseball has denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend in Toronto. Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling Tuesday. Rays manager Joe Maddon disputed a play in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB denies Rays' weekend protest in Toronto

BALTIMORE (AP) Major League Baseball has denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend in Toronto. Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling Tuesday. Rays manager Joe Maddon disputed a play in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB denies Rays' protest from Blue Jays game

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Major League Baseball has denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend in Toronto. Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling Tuesday. Rays manager Joe Maddon disputed a play in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons Rips ‘Marked Man’ Jose Bautista For Ejection

It’s not often that a manager takes the umpire’s side in an argument involving one of his best players. However, that’s exactly what Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons did Sunday. Gibbons wasn’t very pleased when Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Bautista, who took a borderline...
Via NESN.com
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was not happy with Jose Bautista getting himself ejected

The Toronto Blue Jays are making a final push to make it to the playoffs. So you know the pressure is probably very intense right now. Emotions and frustration boiled over after yesterday’s loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the sixth inning, Jose Bautista was ejected from the game for arguing about the strike zone. Well, this didn’t go over well with manager John Gibbons and...
Via No Guts, No Glory
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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