Every baseball team has role players; guys who can come in and fill numerous roles adequately. Outfielder Chaz Frank definitely prides himself on being just that kind of guy. While mastering the lost arts of bunting for base hits and being an effective base runner, the young outfielder was one of the Lansing Lugnuts’ most exciting players to watch last season.
Joining the team...
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...
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16 hours ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Cole Hamels allowed two hits in five scoreless innings during the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
A focus of trade speculation, Hamels didn't allow a hit until Kevin Pillar reached on an infield single leading off the fifth. Hamels picked off Pillar, Dalton Pompey tripled to left-center field and Hamels struck out Jose Reyes...
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23 hours ago
Toronto Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar was shocked to be optioned to AAA Buffalo by the Blue Jays today.
Delabar got the word from Manager John Gibbons this morning. He met with reporters for several minutes afterward, and was clearly was as upset as he was surprised at the move. “I thought I was going to be a big part of the bullpen to start (the season),” he told...
Now that we’re rolling into season preview season, I’m starting to notice a trend in Pirate previews. There are really, really positive previews and there are guardedly optimistic ones. The dividing line between the two tends to be what the previewer thinks of the absence of Russell Martin. I mainly noticed this while reading the Bucs Dugout preview, in which Charlie is a little...
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Devon Travis in exchange for Anthony Gose from the Detroit Tigers during the offseason. The acquisition of Travis was thought to be a long-term stop gap at second base, a position that has been the Blue Jays Achilles heel for the past few years. Whether it was later in the season or 2016 nobody was quite sure when Travis would make the trek to Toronto...
Word has leaked out that the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts may be leaving the spacious confines of the Rogers Centre sooner than had originally been announced, possibly moving up the timetable for the replacement of the stadium’s artificial turf with real grass.
Rogers, which owns both the building and the Toronto Blue Jays, has been accommodating to the Argos...
Every season presents an opportunity for prospects to get better. While many fans follow some of the highest ranked players in the system, there are always a few talented guys that are flying under-the-radar. That was just the case for outfielder Derrick Loveless until a breakout 2014 season gave the speedy outfielder the recognition he deserves.
Loveless made a big transition last...
The start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner, but with spring underway, a number of former Seminoles are making a push for a big league roster spot. After outfielder Tyler Holt stood out last week, this week’s top professional performance from a former Florida State player came from an infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Second baseman Devon Travis...
Because of the parity in Major League Baseball, it is easy to understand how the difference in making the playoffs and missing them can be just a game or two. It can also be because of an injury that one team suffers against a team who does not suffer the same injury. That being said, I have envisioned a scenario where as many as 20 teams win 80 games in 2015. If you doubt how it...
Toronto Blue Jays Colour Commentator on the Sportsnet Networks Joe Siddall returned to The Cardy Show tonight. Joe discussed a number of big Spring Training stories surrounding the Blue Jays. If you want to know what Joe thinks of Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna listen to this episode. If you want to know where he stands on the Bullpen listen to this episode. Joe touched on...
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays after slightly injuring his ankle during fielding practice. Roberto Osuna will pitch in his place.
Manager John Gibbons says he expects Estrada to start Tuesday against Minnesota or Wednesday against Baltimore.
Estrada, a candidate for the fifth spot...
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5 days ago
Toronto Blue Jays 2015 Preview:
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to assert themselves as contenders in the America League East in 2015 under the watchful eye of Manager John Gibbons. The Jays will boast a revamped lineup of sorts with the likes of Brett Lawrie, Adam Lind, J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose, Colby Rasmus, Melky Cabrera, Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan all sent packing via...
A fan hype video for the Toronto Blue Jays will make you wish the team goes 0-162 this upcoming season.
Born just six weeks apart, in birthplaces several thousand miles removed from each other, Toronto Blue Jays prospect pitchers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro have taken different routes to get there, but the duo, who have become best friends, are on the verge of making the team in their first major league training camp.
Osuna grew up in Mexico, and is the nephew of former...
If a job in baseball is based on performance then Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro have earned a spot in Toronto.
In Spring Training, the pair of 20-year-olds have pitched lights out, and continue to dominate.
Take a look at the numbers so far:
Osuna: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 SO, .200 BAA, 0.83 WHIP
Castro: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 SO, 0.95 BAA, 0.30 WHIP
Judging by these stats, the two have...
Something tells me you won’t be focused on Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel in this video of him salsa dancing in the Tigers clubhouse Friday. Prior to the Tigers’ spring training against (it doesn’t matter), Vizquel and a fetching young woman put on a little show.
JD Martinez popped it on Instagram.
Salsa lessons today!
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of long home runs -- one that landed atop the Rays' office building beyond the right field wall -- Daniel Norris struck out five in 5 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Friday.
Smoak, who entered the game batting .077 in 11 exhibition games, connected off starter Burch Smith in the third for a...
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6 days ago
Miguel Castro seems very likely to be heading north after Spring Training concludes
The Toronto Blue Jays question marks at 2nd base, the rotation, and the bullpen began to come into sharper focus today when General Manager Alex Anthopoulos and Manager John Gibbons spoke to the media today. Obviously, the injury to Marcus Stroman altered some of the decisions that are to...
Most major-league teams train in sparkling complexes with immaculately groomed fields. The Toronto Blue Jays do not train in such a facility. And some with the club believe that an unsafe field may have contributed to an injury to the team’s new left fielder, Michael Saunders.
The injury occurred on Feb. 25, when Saunders was shagging fly balls on a field at the Jays’ minor...
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Jose Bautista hit a long home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
Bautista's first-inning drove off Henry Owens easily cleared the 333-foot mark in left field and landed in a patch of oak trees. The five-time All-Star batted .286 with 35 homers and 103 RBIs in 155 games last season.
Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez allowed...
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7 days ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have signed 38-year-old pitcher Randy Wolf to a minor league contract.
The team announced the news Wednesday.
Wolf will join the Blue Jays' minor league spring training camp.
Wolf is 133-120 in a 15-year big league career. He was 1-3 in six games, with four starts, last season for Miami.
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8 days ago
The Toronto Blue Jays emerged as a force to be reckoned with during the first half of the 2014 season. They led the A.L. East as late as July 2, but an injury to Edwin Encarnacion seemed to derail the team and its hope for a playoff berth for the first time in 20 years. Other than Mark Buehrle, the starting rotation and bullpen were nothing to write home about, but they weren’t...
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar apparenty subscribes to the adage that laughter is the best medicine.
On Monday we learned that the 26-year-old found himself in the trainer's room after straining an oblique while sneezing on Saturday. After two days of answering questions about it, Pillar is taking proactive stance on the goofy injury:
Pillar certainly has company. Baseball...
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar experienced one of the most ignominious injuries by a baseball player — of which there are stupefyingly countless instances — when he suffered a strained oblique muscle that was induced by sneezing. Pillar, 26, demonstrated at least he has a snarky sense of humor about his rather embarrassing injury...Read More
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