Twins add Aguilera, Hawkins, Hunter as spring training instructors

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will have three new guest instructors at spring training, former players Rick Aguilera, LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter.General manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Hawkins will arrive when camp opens Feb. 21, Hunter will start Feb. 26 and Aguilera will arrive March 10. Ryan reached out to each of them. Hall of Famer Rod Carew is also planning to return to...
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Twins guest coaches for spring: Aguilera, Hawkins, Hunter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Twins will have three new guest instructors at spring training, former players Rick Aguilera, LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter. General manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Hawkins will arrive when camp opens Feb. 21, Hunter will start Feb. 26 and Aguilera will arrive March 10. Ryan reached out to each of them. Hall of Famer Rod Carew is also planning to return...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Could the Blue Jays be angling for an outfielder?

Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays swapped Ben Revere for Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen. With the offseason losses of Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins, an already thin Toronto bullpen was looking sparse indeed. Having also lost David Price, and without a rock-solid rotation, the bullpen was an area that needed to be addressed by […]
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Ranking The Rockies: 26 LaTroy Hawkins

  We at BSN Denver are running a series where we rank how valuable each of the Colorado Rockies’ 51 players was to the team in 2015. Value was calculated by statistics, viewing, and how memorable each player’s contributions were. The rankings will be from last to first, you may view the full rankings (here) Player: LaTroy Hawkins Stats: (with Colorado) 24 G, 22.1 IP, 2...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Hawkins jokes about Hunter: 'Just decreased brother population in MLB'

When Torii Hunter announced his retirement after 19 major-league seasons on Monday, the outpouring of appreciation and respect came from all corners. After 2,372 games, 353 home runs, 1,391 RBI, five All-Star Games and one memorable home-run rob of Barry Bonds, the 40-year-old was certainly due for more than his fair share of accolades.But one observer, a former teammate and recently...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Troy Tulowitzki finds it ‘tough to trust anybody in this game’ after trade

Troy Tulowitzki was drafted by the Rockies in 2005. They were the only major league team he had played for until this season. Then, on July 28, Tulowitzki was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. The move allowed Tulowitzki to play in the postseason for the first time...Read More
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October 25, 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...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays clinch first AL East title since 1993

The Toronto Blue Jays were already assured of their first postseason since 1993, having clinched a wild-card playoff spot on Saturday. But the team won the AL East title on Wednesday with a 15-2 win over the Orioles, ensuring a postseason series and likely home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. (The Jays would win a tiebreaker over the Royals for the league’s best record...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Youth and experience driving Yankees into the playoffs

After a three year playoff hiatus, the New York Yankees are in a great position heading into the postseason. With a record of 83-68, the 27-time World Series champions hold the top spot in the American League wild card race by four games. A team comprised of young stars and wily veterans, the Yankees have gelled together as one unit. Despite the Toronto Blue Jays’ scorching hot...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

What This Postseason Could Mean To LaTroy Hawkins

During the 6th inning of tonight’s Toronto Blue Jays-New York Yankees game, I saw LaTroy Hawkins warming up in the bullpen. In a 21-year career, Hawkins has pitched 1465.0 innings, primarily as an arm out of the bullpen, with a 75-94 record and 4.32 ERA. He’s never been a lights-out closer, nor a fearsome starter. He’s had an effective, yet widely average career, with perseverance...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Buehrle, Hawkins give Blue Jays rookies teddy bears to carry around

Ah September. The rosters have expanded. Every game has playoff implications. And rookies get initiated into the big leagues. For the Toronto Blue Jays, their rookie initiation is a bit different than the traditional "rookie dress up day" while traveling. Apparently, veterans Mark Buehrle and LaTroy Hawkins have created Build-A-Bears for Kevin Pillar, Ryan Goins and Marcus Stroman...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

“LaTroy Hawkins is So Old…”

If you’re following LaTroy Hawkins on Twitter, surely you’ve noticed that it has started to resemble a “Match Game” transcript more than his regular feed. And playing the role of Gene Rayburn, it would seem, Hawkins’ Toronto Blue Jays teammate…David Price. Haha everyone please send @LaTroyHawkins32 some old jokes! The ones thus far are very comical! — David Price ...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Checking in with the new and improved Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays (64-52) have reeled off 16 wins in their last 19 games, largely due to the clubs acquisitions near the trade deadline, which saw the club bring in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, pitcher David Price, outfielder Ben Revere and relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe. Here’s how each of those players have performed with the Blue Jays thus far. Troy Tulowitzki TORONTO...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Revamped Blue Jays Bullpen Playoff-Ready

You’ve probably heard about the Troy Tulowitzki trade. The one that turned the Toronto Blue Jays’ already mighty offense into a juggernaut incapable of losing. The trade for David Price made some news, too. A team with a few mid-rotation starters but lacking an ace at the top and depth at the bottom was reinvigorated with the acquisition of one of the best pitchers in Major...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

LaTroy Hawkins takes an unlikely spot in history

Back in the bygone days of my childhood, I was at one point obsessed with collecting baseball cards — boxes and boxes of them were piled under my bed and neatly cataloged in binders. One of my favorite things to do was pore over the massive collection I had amassed, and learn the names and statistics of the youngest players in the league — the rookies. I’m not sure why rookie...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullpen Report, Week 18: Holds at a Canadian Discount

All this talk about the Blue Jays offense is completely detracting from the fact that their bullpen to date has been mediocre-to-awful for most of the year.  The additions they have made, namely Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins, are a future holds market band-aid.  The one true positive addition for the back-end of the pen is Aaron Sanchez.  He comes in with filthy stuff, isn't...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

LaTroy Hawkins makes history in first save with Blue Jays

LaTroy Hawkins has earned his first save with his newest team, making history in the process.The Toronto Blue Jays are his 11th organization in his 21-year career and with Wednesday's save over the Minnesota Twins, he just became the 13th player all-time to record a save against all 30 teams.In notching this save, he also created a unique note for the Blue Jays:Hawkins has racked...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays Potentially Irrelevant Advantage

With last week’s additions of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, the Toronto Blue Jays made themselves into a legitimate postseason contender, adding two of the game’s best players to a roster that was already pretty solid. Our rest-of-season forecast now has the Jays with the best projected winning percentage in the American League going forward, and while they’ll likely have...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Things We Learned From Deadline Day: Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has thrown down the cards. The 2015 trade deadline saw five new faces head north of the border; here are five things we learned. 1. Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays are ‘all in’ No more than 11 minor-leaguers were dealt in trades that brought Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, David Price, Mark Lowe and Ben Revere to the Blue Jays...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Get New Old Mark Lowe to Shorten Games

The Blue Jays’ bullpen hasn’t been terrible this year, but there are two important names ahead of them if you rank the American League’s relievers by teams: the Yankees and the Orioles. But with the additions of Aaron Sanchez, LaTroy Hawkins, and now Mark Lowe, things might change a bit for the Blue Jays. If […]
Via Fangraphs
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Rockies have bad trade habits

Scorched Earth Tendencies The Rockies’ treatment of traded players leaves much to be desired By Zach Fogg It was inevitable. After an awkward, seemingly interminable saga that left fans, media and the club itself exhausted, the Colorado Rockies finally traded Troy Tulowitzki on Monday, along with LaTroy Hawkins, in exchange for Jose Reyes and a trio of pitching prospects – a...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

LaTroy Hawkins on trade from Colorado to Toronto: 'I'm happy to be back at sea level'

One of the most well-traveled players in Major League Baseball history, 42-year-old relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins is once again changing uniforms in a surprising Rockies-Blue Jays swap that also sends shortsop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto. "Everything feels good," said Hawkins, who's posted a 3.63 ERA in 2015 over 22.1 innings pitched this season. "I'm excited to go to a place where...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Next order of business for Rockies: Trade CarGo

The Colorado Rockies last night stunned the world when word of a trade involving Troy Tulowitzki got out. Tulo had been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with P LaTroy Hawkins for SS Jose Reyes and three big name prospects in Miguel Castro, Jesus Tinoco, and Jeff Hoffman. With Tulo out of the way, the Rockies now plan on getting rid of another big contract on their payroll,...
Via Baseball Essential
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays offense gets even better with Troy Tulowitzki acquisition

This is a sentence I can’t believe I’m typing – the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes, minor league pitchers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesús Tinoco. The Blue Jays lineup, somehow, just got even more potent. Tulowitzki will enter the highest scoring offense...
Via The Outside Corner
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Analyzing the blockbuster Troy Tulowitzki deal

The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays pulled off one of the most surprising trade deadline deals in recent history when the former sent star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins up north for Jose Reyes and three prospects. The entire parameters of the deal are not yet known, but we have details regarding the biggest names sent each way. Blue Jays perspective...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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