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Blue Jays making progress on their all-dirt infield

This offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays are installing regular dirt in the infield and base paths, becoming the last team to eliminate the "sliding pits." On Wednesday, just two days after starting the project, the team peeled back the curtains a bit on the construction: It's pretty interesting to hear about the process and the gravel and dirt that they'll use, but isn't it crazy to...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

On Speed, Stolen Bases, and Lead Off Hitters

In his excellent treatise on the history of scouting,  Dollar Sign on the Muscle,  author Kevin Kerrane devoted considerable attention to the pioneering ways of Branch Rickey, who not only invented the modern-day farm system (which was the beginning of the end of the minor leagues’ status as autonomous entities), he also developed the first methods of evaluating and developing...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Source: Blue Jays drawing trade interest in Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar

The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten trade interest in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Kevin Pillar, a source said. The Blue Jays have listened on Tulowitzki and it’s unclear whether or not a deal is close. There was some concern at one point about whether or not Tulowitzki is fully on board. However, the feeling […]
Via Baseball Essential
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Indians discussing possible trade: MLB Rumors

The Cleveland Indians rumor mill is starting to heat up a bit more. Michael Bode and I have covered a ton of possible outfield and infield targets the team could acquire via trade this offseason. I’ve looked at the non-qualifying offer free agent market for potential options, too. The most logical avenue for the Indians to drastically improve the 2016 roster remains a trade. And...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Should The Toronto Blue Jays Trade Kevin Pillar?

Could the Blue Jays trade Kevin Pillar this off-season? In Spring Training of 2015, Kevin Pillar was entering Dunedin looking to battle for a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day roster. The Blue Jays had acquired Michael Saunders to play left field, obviously Jose Bautista is in right, but Pillar and Mississauga native Dalton Pompey battled for the starting center field...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

The case for Kevin Pillar

If there was one thing that everyone has agreed about, I mean just THE ONE THING, it's that Kevin Kiermaier was the best center fielder in the American League, and probably all the major leagues, this season. He was the unanimous winner of the Fielding Bible Award, and this week he took home a Gold Glove, too. In terms of consensus winners, Kiermaier's only competition is Jason Heyward...
Via Fox Sports
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar Anointed Defensive Player Of Year After Gold Glove Snub

Kevin Pillar fell short in his quest for a Rawlings Gold Glove yesterday, much to the chagrin of the Toronto Blue Jays faithful who witnessed repeated Superman-esque web gems from their center-fielder throughout the 2015 campaign. The Achilles heel for Pillar was the large margin between himself and Kevin Kiermaier for Defensive Runs Saved. However, today was a new day as Pillar...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom wins 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Mets All Star Jacob deGrom has been named the 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at pitcher. The award is separate from the Rawlings Gold Gloves, for which deGrom was not even nominated. Zack Greinke won the NL award for pitchers. Regardless, Wilson has recognized deGrom for his outstanding defensive play. The former Stetson shortstop has never committed an error in his major...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Pillar doesn't see Blue Jays as much different without Anthopoulos

The loss of former-general manager Alex Anthopoulos won't reach the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse on a day-to-day basis, according to center fielder Kevin Pillar.In an interview with Sportsnet, Pillar said the team will surely miss Anthopoulos and his reshaping of the clubhouse and that his presence will still be felt.“I felt that Alex really worked hard to build this team [and]...
Via Fox Sports
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Moustakas takes cleat to hand from Kevin Pillar

The status of Mike Moustakas is something fans will have to keep an eye on for the remainder of the postseason. Moustakas was cleated by Kevin Pillar on a play at third base during Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday and was seen holding his hand afterwards. Pillar was trying to stretch a hit...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar slams into center field wall making catch

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is a fantastic defender. Occasionally when tracking down long fly balls, he runs into things. In the top of the first inning of Monday’s ALCS Game 3, Pillar tracked down this Lorenzo Cain fly ball…and smashed into the fence. Kevin Pillar! https://t.co/ysZJZQyly5 — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) October 20, 2015 The Jays could have used...
Via Bloguin Best
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar slams into center field wall making catch

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is a fantastic defender. Occasionally when tracking down long fly balls, he runs into things. In the top of the first inning of Monday’s ALCS Game 3, Pillar tracked down this Lorenzo Cain fly ball…and smashed into the fence. Kevin Pillar! https://t.co/ysZJZQyly5 — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) October 20, 2015 The Jays could have used...
Via The Outside Corner
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Volquez, Royals overwhelm Blue Jays 5-0, take 1-0 ALCS lead

The Kansas City Royals drew first blood in their ALCS matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays, wearing down the Jays and earning a 5-0 win. The Royals now have a 1-0 lead in the series. The two teams felt each other out in the early going. The Jays couldn’t make anything of a two-out walk in the first, while the Royals squandered a leadoff double by Alcides Escobar in the bottom half...
Via The Outside Corner
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar is much more than just a good glove

By now, you’ve seen the defensive highlights of Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar. He’s become known as a one-man crusher of dreams for extra base hits. In the outfield, Pillar plays baseball like a five-year-old learning to ski — one speed with very little regard for future bodily injury. For his acrobatics in the outfield, Pillar stands a good chance of unseating...
Via Baseball Essential
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Price called Pillar's home run -- then caught it (VIDEO)

You know how sometimes you'll be watching a game and you'll tell your friend, "he's hitting a home run here." And then he does and you feel like Nostradamus himself?Well take that feeling and multiply it by 100 and that might be how David Price felt before during Monday's ALDS game.The Toronto Blue Jays lefty told Kevin Pillar to hit a home run to him since he'd be in the bullpen...
Via Fox Sports
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

David Price snags Kevin Pillar's HR while warming up in bullpen (Video)

David Price caught a home run ball by teammate Kevin Pillar while warming up in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen during the second inning of Game 4 of the ALDS. Pillar's solo homer in the second inning extended the Blue Jays lead to 4-0 over Texas. Price didn't have to move from where he was standing, and made the catch look easy.Price came into the game in the fifth inning, earning...
Via Holdout Sports
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays surprise nine-year-old fan who lost father to cancer

Nine-year-old Toronto Blue Jays fan Jack Blunt received quite the surprise after being summoned to the library at his school only to find Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar waiting there to meet him. With hats and shirts in hand, the two Blue Jays stars were at the school specifically to spend time with Jack … and to give him four tickets to Thursday’s Game 1 of the ALDS against...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar helps Blue Jays fan propose to girlfriend before ALDS

In case you haven't been on Facebook recently, it's engagement season.To help celebrate and join in on the fun, a Toronto Blue Jays fan enlisted the help of outfielder Kevin Pillar to pop the question to his girlfriend before the Division Series game on Thursday:He even printed the picture out and brought it to the game with them:Naturally, Pillar was happy for the couple:
Via Fox Sports
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar makes flying catch in center field (Video)

Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar has been one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball this season, and he displayed why on Friday night. Pillar broke immediately after the line drive hit by Rays catcher Luke Maile and made a flying catch to rob him of extra bases. Your browser does not support...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jays' Pillar makes ridiculous, Superman-style catch - again

These insane catches are becoming somewhat routine for Kevin Pillar.The Toronto Blue Jays center fielder has been ridiculous on defense this season, making a catch worthy of The1 every single night.Friday night was no different.Ranging to his left, Pillar made a Superman-style catch, robbing Luke Maile of the Tampa Bay Rays of extra bases:Which looks eerily similar to this catch...
Via Fox Sports
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar makes unreal diving catch

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Via Fox Sports Florida
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 24

Welcome to Week 24 of our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. We have another week that may prove to be an all playoff team edition. Both hitters helped contribute to their teams locking up at least a wild card berth with one team winning their division. Both pitchers are vying for a Cy Young in their respective leagues. Only one’s team...
Via The Outside Corner
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 24

Welcome to Week 24 of our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. We have another week that may prove to be an all playoff team edition. Both hitters helped contribute to their teams locking up at least a wild card berth with one team winning their division. Both pitchers are vying for a Cy Young in their respective leagues. Only one’s team...
Via Bloguin Best
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

AL East division race: Toronto in control heading into final week

For quite some time, it has been known to many that the AL East was a two-horse race between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. This was confirmed after the other three teams (Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox) were all mathematically eliminated from the division race. But is there really any hope for the Yankees? They lost two out of three earlier this...
Via isportsweb.com
September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What Does Kevin Pillar Have to Do to Stay an MLB Regular?

Toronto Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar has carved out quite a niche in the hearts of the team’s fans. Pillar has held down Centerfield more than adequately this year, and has played perhaps the most spectacular defence in the league there outside of Tampa’s Kevin Kiermaier.  And while he has had an up and down season at the plate, he had a torrid (.365/.380/.531) June, and drove...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
September 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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