Blue Jays-White Sox Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays were either in first place or within striking distance of the top perch in the AL East before August rolled around. The first two weeks of the month have not been pretty, to say the least. After opening an eight-game trip with three losses, the Blue Jays look to bounce back Friday night in the opener of a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox. Toronto...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Getting hard to trust Casey Janssen closing games for Blue Jays

The latest Blue Jays dilemma: What to do with Casey Janssen? After balancing the brilliant and fortunate win Saturday with the heartbreaking defeat of Friday night, manager John Gibbons has a determination to make. With the magnitude of every game growing, how long a leash do you give the Jays veteran closer? The numbers are rather startling. Before the all-star break, Janssen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bunt-mad Blue Jays gave baseball purists a thrill

While chicks dig the long ball, those that call themselves the ‘real’ baseball fans get a tingle up their leg every time a player drops down a bunt. For National League enthusiasts and those that hate the designated hitter, there is nothing more exciting in baseball than the sacrifice bunt, the hit-and-run and the holiest of holies, the suicide squeeze. The so-called ‘purists’...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays fear Brett Lawrie’s injury worse than first believed

The Blue Jays are back to fighting for a wild-card spot without Brett Lawrie, and for now, they’re not entirely sure how much longer their star infielder will be out. Lawrie was seen leaving the Rogers Centre prior to the game Wednesday, and after the Jays win a report said there was word he would be out 3-6 weeks with the same oblique strain he suffered in 2012. The Jays announced...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Reim time in Houston, Jays beat Astros 6-5

No new player walked into the Blue Jays clubhouse to be greeted with handshakes and smiles. On trade deadline day the Blue Jays did nadda, zippo, nothing. Later in the day, the Jays showed a measure of energy in their back-and-forth affair against the Houston Astros. Leading the list was DH Nolan Reimold, who socked two solo home runs including the go-ahead run in the top of the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Fall Again To Stroman; Beaten By Jays, 4-2

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Blue Jays manager John Gibbons put it well, "The kid's good". The 'kid' in question is Toronto starter Marcus Stroman—who has shut down the Red Sox twice in the last five days. Boston managed a two-out RBI double by Dustin Pedroia and a 9th inning HR by Xander Bogaerts to account for its two measly runs in a 4-2 loss. Rubby...
Via FenwayNation
20 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB managers on the hot seat

In the last few of months the landscape of Major League Baseball’s managerial dead pool has changed. As recently as a few months ago people were wondering if Mike Scioscia was done, as his high-priced Los Angeles Angels languished around .500. Then like the other Los Angeles team did last year, the Angels have caught fire and are on the verge of catching the Oakland A’s...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
27 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jays, A's part of the most confusing review yet

Alright folks, let’s watch this play in Oakland and try to unwrap what happened. With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning, Anthony Gose hit a grounder to first baseman Nate Freiman. Freiman attempted a swipe tag on Munenori Kawasaki, going from first to second, and missed, according to first base umpire Vic Carapazza. Freiman then threw home to catcher Stephen Vogt...
Via The Outside Corner
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista dealing with hamstring strain

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is dealing with a mild left hamstring strain. Bautista, 33, left Sunday’s game early but should be ready to return to the field in a matter of days according to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. #BlueJays manager John Gibbons says Jose Bautista has mild hamstring strain, will miss "hopefully just a couple of days" — Shi Davidi...
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds host slumping Blue Jays

The AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays should be thrilled to be in Cincinnati. But anywhere other than New York would be just fine. The Blue Jays are hoping a change of scenery can help them begin reversing a sluggish stretch Friday night in the opener of this three-game set with the Reds. Toronto (41-33) has dropped nine of 12 after being swept in a three-game set by the New York...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays blank Baltimore to snap skid

Before Friday’s game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was preaching patience for his club, whose once overflowing offence had dried to barely a trickle the last week. These Jays, the league leaders in runs scored just a few days ago, were too good to stay cold for long, he said. “You just got to ride it out, it’s just the way the game is,” Gibbons said. “I don’t care...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Jays should deal Colby Rasmus

It’s become a bit of a running joke. Before every game, a horde of reporters make their way into the office of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and ask him about the status of injured outfielder Colby Rasmus, who has been out since May 13 with a right hamstring injury. Up until Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit, Gibbons would laugh and pretend that he had no idea how...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays sweep home and home series

It’s hard to believe, but the Toronto Blue Jays won all four games in a home and home series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “We’re hot right now,” said Jay’s manager, John Gibbons after the fourth game.  “Realistically, if you look at the lineup, there are some pretty good hitters in there.” The Jays won the first two games in Philadelphia, 3-0 and 6-5. Colby Rasmus...
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Gibbons: Blue Jays 'shell-shocked'

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted that his team was "a little shell-shocked" following another late-inning collapse in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aaron Loup gave up three runs in the seventh inning and Todd Redmond served up the game-winning hit in the eighth Saturday, one day after Toronto squandered a two-run ninth inning lead in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie wasn’t thrilled about playing second base last night

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to start Juan Francisco at third base in last night’s interleague matchup against the Pirates while moving Brett Lawrie over to second base. It’s not an ideal alignment from a defensive perspective, but he’s trying to keep Francisco’s bat in the lineup with the designated hitter unavailable. While Gibbons’ reasoning is understandable...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehle’s record falls to 4-1

After a 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the first game, I thought that the Toronto Blue Jays were coming back  down to Earth.  After all, it was the team’s second straight loss. Mark Buehrle suffered his first loss against the Red Sox this past weekend. His record falls to 4-1 Jay’s starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle recorded his first loss of the 2014 season.  Buehrle gave...
April 28, 2014  |  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
April 16, 2014  |  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.
April 13, 2014  |  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
April 11, 2014  |  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
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

John Gibbons, Kirk Gibson top Ken Rosenthal’s ‘Hot Seat’ list of MLB managers already in trouble

Can a computer warm the hot seat? No, I'm serious. Computers run almost everything in baseball these days. Managers use data when forming lineups. Pitchers use data when attacking hitters. Teams use data when positioning defenders. How long before a computer tells a team when to fire its manager? Heck, it already might have happened once or twice or a dozen times. Managers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 30, 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...
Via FenwayNation
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...
Via Fox Sports North
March 03, 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
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