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20 in 20: Blue Jays (Trying To) Take Flight

If you want to take the easy route, you can say that this year will be a total disaster, that Toronto failed in acquiring the necessary means in order to be a contender. Well, the most recent string of games may suggest otherwise, especially with a weak AL East. I’m approaching this article in a glass half-full kind of way; a glass with some blemishes on it, but nonetheless, half...
Via Baseball Essential
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Donaldson has a chance to exceed even his expectations

Josh Donaldson – Photo Credit – Keith Allison Good news for the Chicago White Sox. They do not have to face Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays again until July. That is very good news. Donaldson absolutely torched the Sox throughout the series, batting .642 and slugging 1.818 over the three-game set. Closer David Robertson blew two saves courtesy of the bat of Donaldson...
Via Hot Stove MLB
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays are the clear winners of Donaldson/Lawrie deal

When the Toronto Blue Jays swung a deal with the Oakland Athletics for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, the return for the A’s seemed a bit on the lighter side. In exchange for a top five WAR player in the league with plenty of years of control, Oakland received oft-injured third basemen Brett Lawrie, 18-year-old shortstop Franklin Barreto and two close to the majors minor...
Via The Outside Corner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart scared ******** by BP foul visiting Toronto Blue Jays

Manchester City visited the Toronto Blue Jays this week for batting practice. Goalkeeper Joe Hart...not thrilled with a Richard Wright foul.Bam. Man City will face Toronto FC for a road friendly today at BMO Field. [h/t Mike Fiammetta]Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
Via Bob's Blitz
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Take a tour of Jose Reyes' Toronto home (Video)

If you've ever wondered what Jose Reyes' house looked like, today is your lucky day. The Toronto Blue Jays shortstop opened his doors and gave a tour of his home, including his favorite room in the house: a massive theater room.
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets Could Match-Up Well With Blue Jays

The Blue Jays currently sit in last place in the American League East 3.5 games back of the first-place Rays. Of course it is early in the year and 3.5 games is a small margin, but to jump four teams is tough. If things continue to trend downward for the Jays, it’s quite possible that GM Alex Anthopoulos might have to throw in the towel on his attempt to put together a win-now...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Clutchlings Blue Jays Minor League Notebook – Week 6

Welcome to a weekly look around the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system.  Thanks to my new readers for their support and suggestions.  Here’s what happened for the week of May 18-24: Who’s Hot: 1.  Anthony Alford (OF Low A – Lansing)   .421/.577/.474 If I was paid by the word for what I’ve written about the former football star, my children’s education would be paid...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bautista says shoulder pain free

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox and says his sore right shoulder is pain free after a cortisone shot. Bautista, who had the injection Sunday, said he was ''encouraged'' after making approximately 25 throws at around 90 feet before taking batting practice, the most he's thrown in more than a month...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Hutchison Needs His Good Fastball

Breakout candidates are often identified on the pitching side either on the strength of peripheral stats which portend improvement over more conventional numbers, a strong second half, or some demonstrative change in a pitch. Sometimes, the candidates fulfill expectations and make those who stumped for them look like geniuses. Most of the time, however, the […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes back after missing a month

  The Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo. Reyes has been sidelined since April 27 with a fractured left rib sustained on a check swing in the fourth game of the season. He's batting .250 with no home runs and seven RBI. Reyes went 4 for 11 with two RBI and scored twice during a...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners 2, Toronto Blue Jays 8: Blue Jays fly away from M’s, avoid the sweep

Another day, another disappointing Taijuan Walker start. The Mariners were denied the sweep of the Blue Jays today with a 4 run 5th inning that they were unable to overcome. Walker held his own until the middle of the 5th, when a missed pitch to Ryan Goins. From there, it all unraveled. The single bright spot today was the two runs scored by Kyle Seager. He hit his 2nd home run in...
Via Seattle Side Up!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista’s Status Questionable After Cortisone Injection

Although Jose Bautista has not appeared in the field in over a month, it appears that more than just rest will be required before the Toronto Blue Jays’ will have their five-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger back in their everyday lineup.Bautista, 34, has been relegated to serving as the team’s regular designated hitter after sustaining an injury against the Baltimore...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Flashback: Adios, Mistake By The Lake

For anyone who went to Toronto Blue Jays games from 1977 to 1989, there are certainly a lot of fond memories from old Exhibition Stadium. Most of those would be about the teams, and individual players, and specific games, and very little if anything about the stadium itself. The “Mistake by the Lake” as it is now often referred to, was a horrible baseball stadium in a number...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: will Jose Reyes return fuel surge?

Jose Reyes In the past, the American League East division was the most predictable division in all of baseball. Either the Yankees or the Red Sox would capture the division, then the one that didn’t win the division would win the wild card. Now, it isn’t that simple. The Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays have made a case over the past few years that there...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Fox leaves affiliated ball to fulfill dream in Korea

Fox with Reading in 2014, image- Tug Haines Local minor league fans may have been surprised not to see former Phillies farm hand Jake Fox visiting with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Reading this week.  The faithful Jake Fox Nation barely had enough time to catch on to which organization the veteran had jumped to this season, before Fox switched teams again, ditching the States...
Via Phillies Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Hoffman Hits 99 in Pro Debut

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Jeff Hoffman made his long-awaited professional debut last night, and while he hit a speed bump during his start, he showed more than enough of the front of the rotation potential the Blue Jays envisioned when they made the East Carolina product the 9th overall pick in last year’s draft, despite having undergone Tommy John surgery a month before. Pitching...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Prospect Chris Carlson is a Complete Outfielder

After finding success drafting a Division II player in Kevin Pillar four years ago, Alex Anthopoulos’s staff used the same approach in the later rounds of the 2014 MLB draft. While many organizations are kicking themselves for passing on Pillar; the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping they have found another sleeper outfield prospect in Chris Carlson.Selected in the 28th round (834th...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Donaldson unleashes profanity on Angels

An ugly scene ensued during Monday’s Toronto Blue Jays-Los Angeles Angels tilt at Rogers Centre when Josh Donaldson had issues with the Angels’ dugout and unleashed a crude comment and provided an exclamation point of sorts courtesy of an obscene gesture. Things began with a terse exchange between the Blue Jays third baseman and Angels...Read More The post Josh Donaldson unleashes...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Rough week leaves them in last

The Toronto Blue Jays have lost 6 of their 7 games this past week. They are now sitting in the last place, 5 games back in the American League East Division, which is not too bad of a deficit considering how poorly they have performed recently. The Blue Jays found a different way to lose every night last week, whether it was a bullpen collapse, a less than stellar performance from...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

A Theory on Russell Martin’s Framing Numbers

Projection systems tend to look at reality a whole lot more soberly than us humans, who can fall madly in love with a player on the basis of aesthetic appeal alone. That’s why most offseason columns here at FanGraphs reviewing free-agent acquisitions tend to damper down instead of ramp up excitement. So it is a […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays offense is thriving, despite rotation and youth scuffling

The Toronto Blue Jays entered 2015 fully embracing a youth movement. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has a history of sticking with out of option veterans, so it was refreshing to see him stick with the 25 best players for once. The Jays entered the season with a franchise high six rookies on their 25-man roster. These rookies weren’t here to sit and watch, they were going...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: The Emerging Josh Reddick

If you sort the Major League leaderboards by runs scored for each team, you’ll find the Toronto Blue Jays at the top of the list. That’s probably no big surprise, given that they feature prodigious sluggers like Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson; the Blue Jays have some serious thump in the middle of […]
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hitting coach suspended 14 games for confronting umpires

MLB has suspended Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby a whopping 14 games for “postgame conduct toward the umpire crew”. The incident reportedly occurred after Toronto’s game in Boston on April 29th. TOR hitting coach Brook Jacoby has received a 14-game unpaid suspension for his postgame conduct toward the umpire crew on 4/29 at Boston. — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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