The Most Out-of-Control Half-Inning On The Mound Ever

((HT: Deadspin/MLB))The HQ has a lot of friends north of the border and all we saw on the Twitter machine was the live responses to this... It broke down like this... A franchise-record 8 walks in the 8th inning over three pitchers- Delabar, Santos, and JA Happ... A reliever who throws three wild pitches in Santos... The at-bats went this way... Steve Delabar started...
Via Online Sports Guys
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Adam Lind could be headed to disabled list

Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind left Tuesday’s game with lower-back tightness. Although manager John Gibbons said he was merely “day-to-day,” Lind was not looking or talking like a player who would be on the field any time soon. The 30-year-old was in obvious discomfort after the game, walking gingerly and struggling to tie his shoes as he changed into street clothes...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays outfielder Rasmsus leaves game with tight hamstring

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus left Sunday’s game after experiencing tightness in his hamstring. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the game that the injury was not serious. Gibbons does not expect this to be an issue going forward for Rasmus. On the season Rasmus is hitting .217 with three home runs and five RBI.
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Reyes close to returning

Oft-injured shortstop Jose Reyes tested out his hamstring and is almost set to return to the Toronto Blue Jays lineup. Reyes told reporters today that he feels like he is ready to begin a rehab assignment, that statement was later backed by manager John Gibbons. Reyes and Casey Janssen will rehab in Dunedin and likely return next weekend against the Cleveland Indians. Both Reyes...
Via My Sports Rumors
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays find challenge challenging

The day after the no-play replay where the Blue Jays missed out on an opportunity to challenge the out call given Ryan Goins after the first-base ump said he was picked off, the Blue Jays remain in the dark. The incident occurred in the sixth inning Wednesday, and it turned out to be no big deal as the Jays won 7-3. After Goins was called out, manager John Gibbons waddled out of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Quit yer stallin' for relief pitchers

Although I am on the high side of my fifties, I am in large part still a kid inside. Baseball works very well for that. And when I yell at players on my television screen, I often yell in the voices of Bugs Bunny characters. If you don't believe me, ask my wife. Such an occasion occurred last night in the Blue Jays - Yankees game when Toronto manager, John Gibbons, clearly stalled...
Via The Flagrant Fan
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays bullpen looks solid

The rotation may be in a bit of a shambles right now but the core of the bullpen still looks solid. On a day when J.A. Happ was all over the place, the likes of Sergio Santos, Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup and Steve Delabar were solid. Coupled with closer Casey Janssen, who will make his spring debut on Friday in a game against Tampa Bay, they are manager John Gibbons big five that are...
Via Pro Sports Daily
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy Morrow hopes to help Blue Jays

Brandon Morrow has no hesitation in attempting to become ‘Da Man’. Whenever talk turns to the rotation — which is every day at this camp — the Jays deep thinkers, whether it’s manager John Gibbons or general manager Alex Anthopoulos, go on about how they expect big things from Morrow. Rightly or wrongly, the expectations have been piled high and deep on Morrow’s shoulders...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Correia starts strong, Minnesota tops Toronto

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Correia threw three hitless innings and a split squad of Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 Monday. Correia, who was 9-13 last year, permitted just one walk. "Trying to get command of all my pitches," he said. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ struggled, walking four and giving up a double and single while getting only one out. Six...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-Twins Spring Training Game Features First-Ever Replay Challenge (Video)

The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team in Major League Baseball to test out the new expanded replay system Monday at Hammond Stadium. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used his challenge in the sixth inning when Minnesota Twins right fielder Chris Rahl was ruled safe on a close call at first base. Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki’s throw appeared to beat Rahl, but umpires...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

First Use Of Replay In Jays-Twins Game Today

(FOX Sports)The new MLB Instant Replay system was used for the very first time today in a Spring Training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins. A safe call at first base was challenged by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons—on the grounds that his first baseman's foot came down on the bag before the runner's. Two umpires huddled with headphones on—linked...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

First MLB instant replay upheld during Twins-Blue Jays game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- History took place Monday at Hammond Stadium as the first-ever challenge in Major League Baseball was made. Before MLB unveils its new replay and challenge system during the 2014 season, it will be given an extensive test run in spring training. That began Monday, and Hammond Stadium was one of a few parks to try it out. The first review came in the bottom of...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Better days ahead for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014

The Toronto Blue Jays arguably experienced one of their most disappointing seasons in franchise history last season. It was much deeper than the 74-88 record the Jays finished with; a season in which they were forecasted to dominate the baseball world. The Jays mortgaged the farm system to put a product on the field capable of contending immediately in 2013. However, the season...
Via Players View
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Gibbons: Ryan Goins to be Blue Jays starting second baseman

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed the obvious by declaring Ryan Goins as his starting second baseman on Friday morning. Toronto previously said that Goins would be competing for the job with Maicer Izturis, but the public stance has now changed. Izturis will settle into a utility role while the bulk of the work belongs to Goins. Gibbons made the statement after discussing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays unlikely to add free-agent starter

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said if Toronto adds another arm to their starting rotation before the regular season it probably won't come through free agency. Anthopoulos said while the team isn't opposed to making a move, he is convinced it can compete with the current options. ''We'd like to do it, but we're not going to do it at all costs...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays have much better starting pitcher depth this year

The sense of relief was almost palpable. With the first workout of a new season, the Blue Jays were more than willing to put the disaster of 2013 in their rear-view mirror. “Today’s the last day I’m going to talk about last year,” said manager John Gibbons. “We didn’t play well in any phase of the game early on. We didn’t play very good defence, hitting was sporadic...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitcher Morrow beefs up

If the Blue Jays, in 2014, are going to be the team they expected to be in 2013, there is a long laundry list of things that have to go right. Right at the top of that list is the performance of Brandon Morrow. He knows it and the Blue Jays know it. “He’s going to be big for us,” said manager John Gibbons. “There is no limit to how good he can be.” Morrow is already...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

No panic from Blue Jays' front office

The Toronto Blue Jays’ braintrust sat atop the Blue Jays dugout in large, comfy chairs, fielding questions like Robbie Alomar would handle a one-hopper. Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez read the screened questions for team president Paul Beeston, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons at the annual state of the union address on Wednesday night at the Rogers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

New Year means Gibbons’ 2015 option guaranteed

Though the NHL’s Winter Classic and college football bowl games dominate headlines on New Year’s Day, some baseball news did occur Wednesday. John Gibbons’ 2015 option became guaranteed and the manager had a 2016 option added to his contract due to a clause in his unique deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. When Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos hired Gibbons in November of 2012,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons reacts to Roy Halladay's retirement

Orlando, FL -- Amidst the trade rumors, free agent signings and schmoozing that characterizes baseball’s annual Winter Meetings (taking place this year at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando), former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay announced his retirement at a press conference on Monday morning. The Blue Jays announced that the 36-year old two-time...
Via The Outside Corner
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

The 1980 MLB Draft produced four current managers and a general manager

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly set to name current San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria their new manager and that has led to a real oddity in baseball history. Apparently the 1980 Major League Baseball draft was the place to go to find future managers. While mostly known as the draft that introduced Darryl Strawberry to the world, the 1980 edition may now be known as the...
Via Rumors and Rants
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays to hire Seitzer as hitting coach

Kevin Seitzer will be the next Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach, and his hiring could be announced in the next few days. The move was confirmed to after it was first reported by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Seitzer had been the hitting coach for the Royals from 2009-12, where he worked with John Gibbons on the staff of manager Ned Yost. The Blue Jays have yet...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-White Sox Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays are guaranteed to finish at the bottom of the AL East for the first time since John Gibbons began his initial managerial stint with the team nine years ago. The Chicago White Sox have a slim chance to avoid finishing last for the first time in 29 seasons, and they'll send Jose Quintana to the mound against the visiting Blue Jays on Monday night in the makeup...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hammer Yankees in rubber match

If you can’t join ’em spoil ’em. That’s the Blue Jays’ motto these days. They may not be playing meaningful games this month but they can at least do their best to ruin it for those who are starting with the New York Yankees. The Jays dealt a big blow to New York’s playoff hopes by winning Thursday’s rubber match 6-2 thanks to seven strong innings from starter Todd...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Which MLB AL managers should and will be fired

Whether it is fair or not, many managers each season pay for the sins of their teams. Failed expectations, disasters or dashed dreams usually do the trick. Those dismissals usually happen during the season or directly after. The season has been quiet with only Charlie Manuel getting the ax. That was certainly a surprise, but understandable considering how listless the Phillies were...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

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