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Blue Jays Need a Bounce-Back Season from Kevin Smith in 2020

The Toronto Blue Jays could really use a bounce-back season from shortstop prospect Kevin Smith in 2020       To put it lightly, Kevin Smith did not have a good season in 2019. The upper levels of the minors leagues are a different animal. The pitchers can control better and throw harder. The pitches […] The post Blue Jays Need a Bounce-Back Season from Kevin Smith in 2020 appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Hall of Fame Polls: Schilling, Sheffield, Soriano

Curt Schilling is on the ballot for the 8th time, last year he was on 60.9% of the voters’ ballots a 10% jump from the season before.

Schilling had a 216-146 record but things seem to click for him at age 30. After he turned 30 he won 162 games, winning over 20 haves 3 times, finishing 2nd in Cy Young voting 3 times and making 6 All-Star teams. When guys, especially of that time period, get better into their 30s, I question how it happened.

He has 3 World Series rings (we beat out his...

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Blue Jays, veteran infielder Ruben Tejada agree to minors deal

The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran infielder Ruben Tejada, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). Tejada, a GSE Worldwide client, will be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee this spring. Tejada, 30, was a utility player with the Mets from 2010-15 but began to bounce around the league in the following years, briefly appearing with the Giants, Cardinals and Orioles. After a big league in 2018, he returned to the Majors for a six-game cup of...

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Watch: Five things that need to go right for the Jays in 2020 | Road To Spring Training

Just 4 weeks remain before Pitchers & Catchers report for Spring Training. Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Danielle Michaud to discuss what has to happen in 2020 for the Blue Jays to find success. Who is most likely to breakout for the Jays? Can the youngsters stay healthy? How many innings will Ryu pitch? All of that and more on this episode of the Road to Spring Training.

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The Blue Jays get their Ace – a case of Déjà Vu

A few years ago, the Toronto Blue Jays brought in someone to be their ace and there are some similarities this offseason         What I’m about to say may come across as odd, so brace yourself. After the late December Free Agent signing of Hyun-Jin Ryu, I’ve had many flashbacks to the […] The post The Blue Jays get their Ace – a case of Déjà Vu appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Thursday Bantering

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Happy Thursday. I’m getting ready for a weekend in Montreal. My wife found an art exhibit she wants to see and we are going to go to the Canadians’ game. I grew up a Habs fan. My dad hated the Canadians (hated should have a capital H, my dad was one who would yell at the TV and think the refs were against his team. Didn’t matter the sport. Didn’t matter if he had a favorite team playing, one team was always being ripped off. Took me years to...

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Poll Time: Vote for the Blue Jays number 20 moment of the 2010s

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The winner of the vote on the number 19th moment of the decade for Blue Jays is Jose Bautista hitting his 50th home run of the season in 2010. He was the first, and still the only, Blue Jays player to reach 50 home runs in a season.

Jose would finish the season with 54 home runs. The next year he would hit 43 home runs, the second highest Blue Jays homer count of the decade (which is the number 5 number in Jays history).

Jose hit 272 home runs for us in...

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2B or not 2B, that is the question facing Blue Jays Cavan Biggio

Biggio may seem to be a lock for the starting 2B job but will the Blue Jays use him as an outfielder instead?           Blue Jays fans know that their 67-95 record in 2019 was sub par. There were, however, successes in terms of individual player development.   Cavan Biggio had […] The post 2B or not 2B, that is the question facing Blue Jays Cavan Biggio appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Watch: Blue Jays introduce pitcher Shun Yamaguchi | Full press conference

The Blue Jays introduced their newest pitcher, Shun Yamaguchi, who spoke about being able to live his dream of pitching in the MLB.

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Hall of Fame Polls: Pettitte, Ramirez, Rolen

I’m skipping a few again:

Carlos Pena had a up and down 14-year MLB career, hitting .232/.346/.462 with 286 home runs in 1493 games adding up to a 25.1 bWAR. His best season, by far, was 2007, when he hit .282/.411/.627 with 46 home runs and a 7.2 bWAR. That and the next season were the only ones he had WAR values of over 3.1. He had MVP votes those two seasons, finishing 9th both times. He won 1 Silver Slugger, 1 Gold Glove (at first base) and made 1 All-Star team. He finished 8th in...

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Happy Birthday Rance Mulliniks

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Rance Mulliniks turns 64 today.

The Blue Jays picked up Rance in trade from the Angels for pitcher Phil Huffman, before the 1980 season. Huffman never pitched for the Angels (he made 31 starts for us in 1979, going 6-18 with a 5.77 ERA, he wouldn’t pitch in the majors again until he got into 2 games for the Orioles in 1985). It is safe to say we won that trade.

In 1982 we didn’t have an obvious choice to play third base so manager Bobby Cox took a...

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Why Blue Jays Would Be OK with Grichuk in CF

  The Toronto Blue Jays have to figure out their CF situation and relying on Grichuk everyday wouldn’t be the worst thing         The Toronto Blue Jays have a collection of outfielders from which t hey have to select their center fielder. it doesn’t look as though they’re looking to pull the […] The post Why Blue Jays Would Be OK with Grichuk in CF appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Blue Jays Look to be in a Good Spot for 2020

  With the Blue Jays’ organizational cupboards full and an improved on field product, 2020 could be a rather interesting year for them   The Toronto Blue Jays went into the offseason with literal excitement over their situation. With money to spend and a rather nice looking farm system, they had the potential to make […] The post Blue Jays Look to be in a Good Spot for 2020 appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Tuesday Bantering: Prospects, Donaldson

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It is -30 here (and that’s not counting the wind chill which makes it seem far far worse). But I have a fire going in the fireplace and I’ve got enough firewood in the house to get me through today. I very very much do not want to go outside again today. But I have a guitar, I have books from Christmas, I have my computer with OOTP Baseball, so I think I can make it through.

MLB Pipeline has it’s list of Top 10 MLB right-handed pitching...

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Yamaguchi & Ryu: Major League teammates wearing #1 and #99

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s #99 Blue Jays jersey hanging in the clubhouse. | Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Blue Jays’ Shun Yamaguchi (#1) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (#99) can become the first pair of pitchers to wear jersey numbers 1 and 99 on the same team.

According to the 40-Man Roster page on the Blue Jays’ official website, pitcher Shun Yamaguchi will be wearing #1 for Toronto this season while fellow free agent pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will be wearing his familiar #99. The Athletic’s...

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Today in Blue Jays history: Rolen/Glaus trade

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Twelve years ago today (time flies), January 12, 2008 in the middle of what had been very slow January for Blue Jay news, the Jays traded Troy Glaus to the Cardinals for Scott Rolen. As Hugo said, in his post on the trade, it was two teams each trading off a player that didn’t want to be with them anymore. Glaus was having foot troubles (plantar fasciitis), which, he felt, were made worse by playing on the carpet covered concrete at Rogers Centre (who...

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Blue Jays Jake Fishman could play an important role in 2020

An often overlooked prospect, Blue Jays bullpen prospect Jake Fishman could play an important role for New Hampshire and Buffalo in 2020   The topic of which reliever will fill the Blue Jays’ vacant lefty role in 2020. I covered Travis Bergen and Kirby Snead in recent “2020 Blue Jays Internal Bullpen Candidate” posts. In […] The post Blue Jays Jake Fishman could play an important role in 2020 appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Hall of Fame Polls: Jones, Kent, Lee

There isn’t much for Blue Jays news again this morning. There is a news that there will be new jersey this season, but we won’t see it for a few days.

#BlueJays announcement scheduled for the morning of January 18... pic.twitter.com/yFFa26mBsZ

— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) January 13, 2020

And there is this:

Let's get it on at Winter Fest! #NEWBLUE

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— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 13, 2020

I’m skipping Paul...

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Digging into Shane Farrell’s draft record

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The hire who is arguably the most consequential decision the Blue Jays made this offseason

The Blue Jays last year officially announced the hiring of Shane Farrell as their director of amateur scouting, succeeding Steve Sanders who followed Ben Cherington to Pittsburgh. It’s not something that got a lot of attention, especially being eclipsed by the Hyun-Jin Ryu signing, but I’d submit it may be the most consequential decision the Blue Jays make this...

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Hall of Fame Polls: Giambi, Helton, Jeter

You can just make out Minor Leagure in the center of that picture. He’s the 2864th dot from the left.

I’m going to skip four players on the Hall of Fame ballot:

Adam Dunn had a 14-year MLB career. He’s the definition of a three true outcome hitter. In fact, I’d imagine that if you looked the term, you would see Dunn’s name in the explanation. He hit a lot of home runs (462), took a lot of walks (1317) and had a ton of strikeouts (2379). That added up to an interesting batting...

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