Second Chances: Justin Smoak and Melky Cabrera

In 2012, the Boston Red Sox finished at the bottom of the AL East standings. Entering the 2013 season the Toronto Blue Jays were the team to beat.  After a busy offseason and a flurry of trades bringing in new players to bolster their existing core of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, things were looking good.  Of course, the Red Sox won the World Series and the Jays never...
Via The Sports Post
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays bats come alive in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD. – After a slow start to the season, the Toronto Blue Jays offense erupted for 17 hits en route to an 11-3 road defeat of the Orioles on Sunday. “We won it with force,” said Blue Jays’ third baseman Brett Lawrie following the game. Toronto scored five of its’ runs in an impressive sixth-inning that included Lawrie’s second home run of the season and a double...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The walkless nine

Every year at the start of the season, a couple of batters pique the interest as to when they will record their first base on balls of the season. This season, we have nine candidates we will be watching to see who goes the longest this season without getting a walk. Some of the names are surprising due to their histories. And others might be explainable due to how hot they are hitting...
Via The Flagrant Fan
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Spoil Blue Jays’ Sweep

TORONTO, ON — A pinch-hit effort by Adam Lind started a rally in the ninth inning but three homeruns by the Astros were enough to defeat the Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday. Lind replaced Ryan Goins in the ninth inning and hit a double off of relief pitcher Chad Qualls, scoring Dioner Navarro and Colby Rasmus.  Then the 2009 Silver Slugger scored when Anthony Bass, replacing Qualls...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Melky Cabrera continues hot start to season

TORONTO, Ont. – After having offseason surgery to remove a benign tumor in his back, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is thankful for the opportunities he is being given. And he is taking advantage. Cabrera has a nine-game hit-streak to start the season including home runs in each of his first four games. “The opportunity that Gibby has given me to play every day now...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Defeat Astros 5-2

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Starter Mark Buehrle had a subpar evening for the Jays, but received enough offensive support to improve his record to 2-0 on the season. Melky Cabrera homered for the fourth straight game, Jose Bautista also homered for his fourth of the year, and Catcher Dioner Navarro went 2-4 with two doubles and two RBI, to help the Blue Jays defeat the Houston...
Via TopSportsReport
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Melky Cabrera Redemption Tour Off To A Good Start

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera would prefer to forget the last couple MLB seasons he has endured. Cabrera was caught red-handed in a steroid cover-up scandal that saw him receive a 50-game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. The 2013 season saw the “Melk-Man” maligned with injuries for the most part of the year that limited his mobility in the outfield...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Melky Cabrera And The Wonder Of Clean Health

As we start the second week of April, it’s that fun time of year where individual stats really and truly don’t mean anything yet — unless you think that Charlie Blackmon is a true-talent .542/.560/.792 player, in which case, seek help immediately — and yet we are baseball writers on a baseball site, so we still […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Melky Cabrera: The Yankee that got away

Imagine a 24-year-old, switching hitting CF with a laser pointer arm, power to all fields, a Kirby Puckett body with Jeterian speed. Well, that's what the Yankees had in the winter of 2009, along with a World Series ring. Maybe we were intoxicated by success: After all, we had beaten Philadelphia, exorcized the Pedro Martinez demon, and now we were poised to string several championships...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 1

I’m going to try to focus on players who are less than 30% owned, with maybe an exception here or there. If you are in a shallow league, there may be better bets out there, so be warned. Outfielders Melky Cabrera One of my big targets this year. Or more accurately, I didn’t realize how many folks wrote him off until I started getting him late all over the place. Cabrera had a...
Via Obstructed View
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanaka perseveres for first win

Although his first start as a Major League Baseball pitcher didn't begin as planned, Masahiro Tanaka settled down and got the win. Tanaka's third pitch of the evening was sent out of the park by Melky Cabrera and it was on Tanaka's splitter, his bread and butter pitch. While that could have rocked Masahiro's confidence, the Yankees learned that Tanaka could...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Trot Times for April 4, 2014

I’ve got the new Captain America to see, so let’s make this quick. Let’s get right to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins – 21.77* seconds [video] Beware, Miami-area citizens! This ball could be landing in your backyard at any minute now! According to ESPN stats, Stanton’s blast travelled 484 feet, sailing over the Budweiser bar in the left...
Via Wezen Ball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka makes MLB debut

  New York Yankees pitching prospect Masahiro Tanaka made his long-anticipated MLB debut tonight in Toronto after coming over from Japan in the offseason. Tananka left Japan to play in New York, signing a 7 year contract worth $155 million back in January. The bright lights were on the 25 year old righty, and he managed 7 innings allowing two earned runs. Despite giving up a leadoff...
Via CLNS Radio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cabrera's HR lifts Jays over Mets 2-0 in Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) Melky Cabrera's two-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday and a sweep of their two-game exhibition series at an Olympic Stadium packed with former Montreal Expos fans.
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Blue Jays 2, Mets 0

The New York Mets were defeated 2-0 on Saturday, losing a pair of exhibition games to the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium in Montreal before their home opener on Monday. Today’s contest featured some great pitching on both sides as the game remained scoreless into the bottom of the eighth when Melky Cabrera blasted a two-run homer off Adam Kolarek to end the deadlock and...
Via Mets Merized Online
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Greenies, ‘Roids, Spitters, And Joy Juice

This is Part One of a three-part series. On June 5th, 2013, T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez, and Mike Fish collaborated in writing an article in ESPN’s Outside the Line’s*, reporting that Major League Baseball was preparing to suspend such luminaries as Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Jhonny Peralta,  Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and likely up to 15 other players who were connected to...
Via Razzball
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Reyes key for 2014 Toronto Blue Jays

Only a year removed from making the biggest splash in all of baseball through the acquisitions of Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey, Melky Cabrera, and Jose Reyes during a busy winter, the recent inactivity of the Toronto Blue Jays has the city’s baseball-faithful wondering what to expect from this team in 2014. But before Toronto’s front office considers a Marlin-like...
Via Sports-Glory
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays had high hopes heading into the season after the addition of several all-stars like Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey and Melky Cabrera. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, all that money did not result in wins. They missed the playoffs and watched their division rival Boston Red Sox march all the way to a World Series Title. All hope is not lost for the Blue...
Via Total Sports Blog
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

After health scare, Cabrera looks to return to form

When the Blue Jays entered the home stretch last season, baseball was the furthest thing from Melky Cabrera's mind. It was mid-August and Cabrera had just received the news that a tumor had been discovered in his lower back. All of a sudden, the game that Cabrera had come to love over so many years wasn't all that important. The first thoughts that went through his head...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Melky Cabrera "is in the best shape of his life"

According to Sportsnet reporter Barry Davis, outfielder Melky Cabrera says he is in the best shape of his life. Barry goes on to say that Melky indicated that he didn’t lose a lot of weight, but turned what he had into muscle. Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)The past good seasons with the Royals and Giants have also occurred when he has been in shape. Nobody knows...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #180: Melky Cabrera | OF | TOR

The last two season have not been kind to Melky Cabrera; he was suspended for 50 games in 2012 and missed half the season in 2013 because of knee issues. He hit just 3 HR with only 2 SB in 88 games last season after posting double digits totals in each category in three of the last four years. By putting Cabrera in our top 200, it’s safe to say we like his chance of rebounding...
Via Baseball Professor
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos must create an immediate impact

The reason that Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos never had to worry about losing his job following a disappointing 75-win season was not the result of what he created on the field. Instead, it was the impact last off-season’s roster moves made off the field. The Jays, favoured to advance to the World Series all winter by oddsmakers in Vegas, increased their attendance by 436,899 over...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Melky Cabrera has tumor removed from back

It's been a wild thirteen months for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera. Not long after being named MVP of the 2012 All-Star Game, Cabrera, then with the San Francisco Giants, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.  This, of course, caused the switch hitter to not only forfeit his batting title, but also...miss the World Series...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Cabrera has tumor removed from spine

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has had a benign tumor removed from his spine. Cabrera had the surgery on Aug. 30 and hasn't played since Aug. 1 after a season-ending ankle injury. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos announced the procedure on Saturday before Toronto's game against the Minnesota Twins. The team expects Cabrera to be ready for spring training...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera gets benign tumor removed from his back

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera was ruled out for the season with a knee injury, but that isn't the thing to be most worried about at the moment with Cabrera. Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner reports that outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed that was found in his spinal cord last Friday. Here is Wilner with more details: Melky Cabrera update...
Via MLB Injury News
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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