The Toronto Blue Jays’ historical August made baseball fun again in Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays ended July in a situation that fans were all too familiar with. The club was two games over .500, six games back of the AL East and undefined as whether they were true contenders or would fade away in the season’s final two months, which the team had a habit of doing in the past. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos decided it was time to go all-in at the trade deadline...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthopoulos’ Brilliant Moves Make Blue Jays Solid Contender

I ran into a window cleaner, exchanged hellos, struck up a conversation and he asked me if I was into baseball. “Very much,’’ I told him. “This guy Alex Anthopoulos is a genius, isn’t he?’’ the guy said as he took advantage of my answer. “Sure is,’’ I said. “He could probably take over as president or prime minister in his ancestral country of Greece.’...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Popcorn Will Be In Full Supply For The Upcoming Philadelphia Rapture

(Disclaimer: The blogger who is about to write this piece is highly emotional. The following will reflect that. Anybody who prefers reasoned analytical thinking should turn around and visit Perhaps the blogger who is about to write this should visit and calm the hell down, though I don’t think that’s going to happen. So buckle up.) The Mets’ 6-5 victory...
Via Metstradamus
8 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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...
Via Bloguin Best
15 days ago  |  Discuss

SAGNOF Special, Week 20: SAGNOFs Lament

Here's what I don't like about SAGNOF.  Writing about crappy relief pitchers is a large part of what the SAGNOF Special is about, because Saves Ain't Got No Face sometimes means there are a lot of terrible relievers in a position to get saves.  The past week or so has been rough as we've seen Tommy Kahnle and Edward Mujica get pounded.  For that matter, the performance of the...
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17 days ago  |  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...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The American League should fear the Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays went all-in during last week’s trade deadline, acquiring two of the biggest names on the market – ace pitcher David Price and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. While those moves still have some Blue Jays fans asking to be pinched to ensure it’s not all a dream, the club have instantly benefited from having the duo – plus new acquisitions Mark Lowe, LaTroy...
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28 days ago  |  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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28 days ago  |  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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28 days ago  |  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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28 days ago  |  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...
Via Fangraphs
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...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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

Colorado Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki for Jose Reyes and Prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies pulled off what is easily the biggest blockbuster trade of the 2015 season. The team essentially traded shortstops as Troy Tulowitzki heads to the Blue Jays and Jose Reyes heads to the Rockies. In addition, Latroy Hawkins goes to the Blue Jays and three prospects are going back to the Rockies to complete the trade. With two money contracts...
Via The Fantasy Fix
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...
Via Sportsnaut
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

One-on-one with LaTroy Hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins has lived his life in baseball. As he winds down his 21-year career, the veteran reliever opened up about his journey from Gary, Indiana, to playing for double-digit teams in the bigs. You’d be hard pressed to find a player who could field a better team of teammates. He played with all-time greats like Kirby Puckett, Paul Molitor, Derek Jeter, Greg Maddux and Mariano...
Via Mile High Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies read 'mean tweets' about themselves

A few of the Colorado Rockies read some “mean tweets” about themselves the other day. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel popularized a segment on his show in which celebrities read some of the snarky, and often hilarious things that people on the social media site say about them. Check out what fans had to say about some of the Rockies, including Nick Hundley, LaTroy Hawkins and Troy...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching woes highlight Rockies home struggles in 2015

If the 30-39 Rockies hope to resurrect a season that is quickly sliding away, their pitching staff needs to turn things around at Coors Field. Otherwise, the team could be looking at its worst home record in franchise history. Historically, Coors Field has been a place where the Rockies came to rejuvenate their bats and turn around extended losing streaks. This past weekend’s series...
Via Mile High Sports
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Weiss be the next NL manager to go?

After winning two of three games against St. Louis last week, Rockies fans had a glimmer of hope. That was quickly shut down when the Rockies went 1-5 on the road to follow. They are once again last in the NL West, carrying a 28-36 record. With the All-Star break around the corner it’s time to ponder, what is making this team so bad? It’s not the position players. They have...
Via Mile High Sports
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies weekly injury report: Hawkins and Dickerson return

The Colorado Rockies released their weekly injury report on Tuesday, which again includes Corey Dickerson after he aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury in the June 13th contest against the Marlins. Dickerson is in the starting lineup today but is listed as day-to-day.  LaTroy Hawkins is now off the DL and into the Rockies bullpen after recovering from his biceps injury. Changes...
Via Mile High Sports
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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