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Offseason Personnel Changes Begin for Blue Jays

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings begin on Sunday, December 4 in San Diego, CA. With the team already having made a sizeable splash in the trade

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Pat Tabler Leaving Sportsnet

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Pat Tabler won’t be back analyzing Sportsnet games.

There is no suggestion on whether he wanted to come back or if he decided to leave.

Thank you, Tabby! ??

A statement from @Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/cDpBoMB3jm

— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) December 2, 2022

And they had a statement from Tabby.

A statement from Pat Tabler: pic.twitter.com/X74VZCzuLn

— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) December 2, 2022

Bye Tabby. We’ll miss you.

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Free Agent: Martín Pérez

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Winter meetings are coming, and,ly, with them will come some news. I guess I should thank the Jays for hiring Don Mattingly, but changing a bench coach wouldn’t rank as news if anything else was happening.

We have used this idea for the last couple of years. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, using the contract FanGraphs suggests and have a poll to see if we would sign him for that amount.

Martín Pérez is number 20 on...

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Blue Jays Manager Has A Chance To Live Out A Dream

The Toronto Blue Jays found their bench coach this morning, hiring former Miami Marlins and Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly to serve under manager John Schneider.

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Blue Jays Manager Comments On Adding A Legend To His Staff

A few weeks after being given the full-time managerial role with the Toronto Blue Jays, John Schneider now has his bench coach. This morning, it was announced that the Blue Jays had hired 61-year-old Don Mattingly to serve in the bench coach role.

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Blue Jays Announce A Notable New Coaching Hire

Former Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has found a new home. This morning, the Toronto Blue Jays hired the 61-year-old as their new bench coach. Mattingly became the winningest manager in Marlins history, recording 443 victories and taking home the National League Manager of the Year Award in 2020.

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Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

The Toronto Blue Jays hired Don Mattingly as bench coach on Wednesday. Mattingly, 61, spent the past seven seasons managing the Miami Marlins. His contract was not renewed by the Marlins, who hired Skip Schumaker in late October to serve as their manager.

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Jays Hire Don Mattingly as Bench Coach

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The Jays made a free agent signing. Just not the pitcher or outfielder we have been looking forward to.

Don Mattingly has been signed to take the job as bench coach. Casey Candaele, who finished last season in that job, has been demoted to the manager of the Bisons. I don’t know where Jeff Ware will end up. Going from the luxury of the majors back to the bus rides of the minors must not be all that thrilling for Casey, but he still gets a paycheck.

Mattingly...

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Blue Jays nearing agreement to hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

Mattingly's spent the past 12 years managing, leading the Dodgers from 2011-15 and the Marlins from 2016-22.

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Don Mattingly close to landing coaching job with AL East team

Mattingly was fired by the Miami Marlins. He says he has received interest from other teams since then, and a report published on Tuesday indicates he is close to landing a job.

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Tuesday Bantering: Bits of Jays Stuff

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There isn’t much for Jays’ news today (making it like most days this month.

They have announced that home game start times aren’t changing from last year.

Blue Jays start times for home games next season are again 7:07 on weekdays, 3:07 on Saturdays and 1:37 on Sundays, with a few exceptions. pic.twitter.com/iWGaaa6vfw

— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 29, 2022

And that tickets are either available now (as the graphic says) or will be...

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Happy Birthday Otto Velez

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Former Blue Jays player Otto Velez turns 72 today.

The Jays picked Otto up in the major league expansion draft in 1976 from the Yankees. That first year the Jays were awful, finishing with a 54-107 record and didn’t get much better in the years Otto was with the team. But he was pretty good (at least with the bat). In 1977 Otto hit .256/.366/.458 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 120 games. He had a good eye at the plate leading the team in walks....

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Blue Jays Staring Risk Right in the Face

When Ross Atkins took over the Blue Jays, we heard about risk tolerance guiding decisions. This offseason has risk written all over it The Toronto Blue Jays have designs on competing for a championship in 2023.

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Free Agent Poll: Kodai Senga

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Please, Jays, I need some news. It doesn’t have to be big news (not that I would complain), but something worth talking about. And the minor contract you signed Vinny Capra to doesn’t count.

We have used this idea for the last couple of years. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, using the contract FanGraphs suggests and have a poll to see if we would sign him for that amount.

Kodai Senga is number 18 on FanGraphs’ list and...

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Today in Blue Jays History: The Jays Trade for Donaldson

And the Jays sign B.J. Ryan

Eight years ago

The Jays made a trade for Josh Donaldson. Scott wrote:

If you’re reading this, you most certainly know about the trade that became official a short time ago between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics. Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, and Sean Nolin are heading to the A's, while the Blue Jays receive All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson in return. The trade is yet another sign that Alex Anthopoulos and company are very...

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The season that was: Cavan Biggio

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A look at Cavan’s 2022 season

Going into 2022, we’d seen Cavan Biggio for three seasons. The first two were pretty good, and the third was a mess of injuries and inconsistency.

And, coming into the year, he was a man without a position. Maybe he’d platoon at second, or maybe he’d be a utility guy. Either way, we wanted him to hit more as he did in 2019 than in 2021.

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Free Agent Poll: Nathan Eovaldi

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We have used this idea for the last couple of years. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, using the contract FanGraphs suggests and have a poll to see if we would sign him for that amount.

Nathan Eovaldi is number 15 on FanGraphs’ list and #30 on Keith Law’s list.

Eovaldi turns 33 in February. Over the last three seasons, he’s been very consistent. Over that time, he’s made 61 starts with a 3.79 ERA, gets more than a strikeout an...

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Free Agent Poll: Chris Bassitt

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We have used this idea for the last couple of years. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, using the contract FanGraphs suggests and have a poll to see if we would sign him for that amount.

Chris Bassitt (two s’s and two t’s) is number 14 on FanGraphs’ list and #24 on Keith Law’s list.

Chris turns 34 in February. He declined his ‘mutual option’ with the Mets. He would have made $19 million this coming year.

Bassitt had a nice...

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Today in Blue Jays history: Jays sign Randy Myers

And make some trades, and Alfredo Griffin

43 Years Ago

Blue Jays shortstop Alfredo Griffin win the AL Rookie of the Year. Or co-Rookie of the Year, he and John Castino of the Twins tied in the voting.

Griffin hit .287/.333/.364 with 21 steals (16 times caught) in 153 games and had a 2.5 bWAR. It was a bit of a light year for AL Rookies. In the NL, Rick Sutcliffe won the award with a 17-10 record and a 3.46 ERA in 39 games, 30 starts and 242 innings.

Griffin would play eight seasons with the...

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The Jays botched Ryu’s contract

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Tinkering with the structure would have brought some much needed budget room in 2023

Last week the Blue Jays kicked off the offseason with an unanticipated moved straight of out left—err, well, right—field, trading middle of the order bat Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle for reliever Erik Swanson and prospect Adam Macko.

Perhaps this was purely a baseball move, with the Jays willing to trade a little offensive firepower with one year of...

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