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20 in 20: Blue Jays (Trying To) Take Flight

If you want to take the easy route, you can say that this year will be a total disaster, that Toronto failed in acquiring the necessary means in order to be a contender. Well, the most recent string of games may suggest otherwise, especially with a weak AL East. I’m approaching this article in a glass half-full kind of way; a glass with some blemishes on it, but nonetheless, half...
Via Baseball Essential
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin makes appearance at second base (Video)

Russell Martin can do it all. The Gold Glove catcher was forced to fill in at second base today after eight innings behind the dish."I'm just a really good infielder, no matter what," Martin said, joking with reporters after the game.It wasn't necessarily a surprise, though, when manager John Gibbons asked him to switch positions mid-game."We had talked about it a couple of weeks...
Via Fox Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays lose another close one, fall 3-2 to Mariners

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays keep coming up one run short of success. It was the same story on Saturday. Kyle Seager homered, James Paxton earned his first road win of the season and the Seattle Mariners beat the Blue Jays 3-2. Toronto lost for the 11th time in 14 games and fell a season-high seven games below .500. They're 2-10 in one-run games and have lost their past six...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

With two managers down, who will be the next to go?

Who’s next? Faithful readers will note that I have written frequently in the past about “The Curse of Samuel Joseph.” Sam, the oldest of my three children, was born on May 21, 1991. Each of the first three days of his life, a manager was fired. It’s that time of year; we are at roughly the quarter-pole of the season. And rather than doing what I should be doing -- picking...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Do the Toronto Blue Jays Go From Here?

A little over a week ago, things were starting to look up for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Having just taken two of three from both the Yankees and the Red Sox,  the team had reached .500, and headed out for a seven-game road trip full of optimism. What a difference a week makes. Having lost two of three to the Orioles, and four straight to the surprising Astros, the Blue Jays find...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Deep League Digging, Week 6

View image | gettyimages.com Welcome back to another addition of “Deep League Digging”. I’m your gracious (and handsome) host, Seth Klein. As per usual, I’ll be discussing players under 10 percent owned in fantasy baseball leagues. These players aren’t your typical adds in 10-team or even 12-team leagues, but they definitely hold value if you play in leagues of 14 teams...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Fall Victim To Blue Jays Plan To Help Buehrle

Mark Buehrle's struggles against the Yankees have been well-documented. Going into last night, he hadn't beaten them since 2004, even though their roster has turned over more than a few times. After that win in '04, he suffered 14 straight losses. He has the worst record of any active pitcher with at least 10 decisions against a team.When Toronto opened their season at Yankee Stadium...
Via Lady At The Bat
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays: The Good and the Bad of April

What a month of baseball, and an interesting one for your Toronto Blue Jays. There was a great deal of build up in this city during the offseason; Toronto was hungry for the Jays to not only compete, but end the longest playoff drought in Major League history. One may say that this committed city has been starved for a team like this since 1993. Toronto finished the first month of...
Via Baseball Essential
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Blue Jays come to Cleveland

After finally breaking out, the Toronto Blue Jays' offense reverted to its recent shoddy form one day later. The Blue Jays hope a matchup with a struggling pitcher can reignite their lineup Thursday night when they visit the Cleveland Indians. Toronto (10-12) has lost five of six and struggled again Wednesday in a 4-1 loss at Boston, unable to build any momentum from its season-high...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-Indians Preview

After finally breaking out, the Toronto Blue Jays' offense reverted to its recent shoddy form one day later. The Blue Jays hope a matchup with a struggling pitcher can reignite their lineup Thursday night when they visit the Cleveland Indians. Toronto (10-12) has lost five of six and struggled again Wednesday in a 4-1 loss at Boston, unable to build any momentum from its season-high...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles-Blue Jays Preview

Amid a disappointing homestand, the Toronto Blue Jays could use Jose Reyes back in the lineup - particularly with how he's pestered the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto's last series win came against Baltimore behind the play of Reyes, who may return Tuesday night following his club's only day of rest through the first month of the season. It seems like the Blue Jays (6-7) needed a break...
Via AP on Fox
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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
April 09, 2015  |  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
April 04, 2015  |  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
March 31, 2015  |  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
March 26, 2015  |  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

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

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

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
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